Big Trouble


Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. Zigging and zagging serenely between the extremes of deadpan, postmodern comedy and the antic, Max Sennett-style japery of yore.
  2. This is, after all, the kind of movie in which traffic accidents not only mess up getaways but also liberate goats to wander through the airport. We need more of that stuff.
  3. A slick, smart-alecky rat-a-tat crime comedy.
  4. 75
    Timing is key in a comedy like this, and Sonnenfeld keeps everyone and everything clicking. The pacing is swift and the laughs are steady.
  5. 75
    With a cast of characters so large that Robert Altman would feel at home, Big Trouble manages to do a lot of clever little things and generate quite a few big laughs without wearing out its welcome.
  6. There are stretches of big fun in Big Trouble, and little pleasures too.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The script is consistently humorous, even if a few punch lines are predictable and the wit is neither highbrow nor split-a-gut funny.
  8. Light-hearted and enjoyable film that will have you exiting the theater with a smile.
  9. A gleefully overplotted crime yarn that channels in sanitized form the perverse subtropical-noir sensibilities of Carl Hiassen.
  10. 63
    It's the kind of movie you can't quite recommend because it is all windup and not much of a pitch, yet you can't bring yourself to dislike it.
  11. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    A comedy that doesn't work if you think about it too much. Cut it some slack, however, and you just might have a good time.
  12. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    With all its misfires, though, and with a Strangelovian twist that's a dud, Big Trouble remains a reasonably pleasant way to spend an hour and a half and still get change.
  13. There are some decent jokes along the way. And none of the performances is bad. But they are limited by the script, which allows each character only one comic note.
  14. It seems naive, almost delusional.
  15. A feature that suffers from the rarity of its wit yet benefits from the briskness of its pace.
  16. The folks at Disney's Touchstone Pictures would have been wiser, however, just to have forgotten all about this hyperactive farce.
  17. 50
    The cast manages to maintain its dignity while sweat and dirt go flying around.
  18. Sonnenfeld mishandles the broad part of the comedic formula, preferring repetition to thematic development.
  19. It's a letdown from the man who brought us "Men in Black" and "Addams Family Values."
  20. 50
    Such a feebleminded, good-natured comedy that it actually makes you laugh with that timeless gag of somebody pretending to cough while calling someone else a bad name.
  21. 50
    Cute intentions and shaggy comedy only get you so far when the world is falling down around you.
  22. 50
    It's a tribute to the film's goofy, inconsequential charm that it's still possible to laugh as someone sneaks a bomb past airport security.
  23. A pleasant diversion, a lightly amusing criminal comedy with a plot so complicated even the people in it can't quite believe what's happening.
  24. 42
    It's something we might mildly enjoy on an airplane (well, not anymore) or on a lazy Sunday TV day when nothing else is on, but in theaters, it's a clunker.
  25. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    A genially amusing ensemble farce that doesn't quite achieve enough momentum for liftoff.
  26. 38
    Juggles so many stories and characters, nothing ever develops into more than a rough sketch.
  27. It's not the bomb on the plane that scuttles this film: It's the mugging, ham-fisted direction and total absence of comic timing.
  28. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    A mediocre movie that will be wiped from its stars' résumés with head-spinning speed.
  29. What remains discomforting is their sheer failure to be funny.
  30. 20
    Lazy, infinitely silly cartoon.
  31. 20
    The big problem with Big Trouble, despite a fine cast and director (Sonnenfeld made "Get Shorty" and "Men in Black"), is that the damn thing isn't funny.
  32. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    Feels like an in-joke, a party where everyone on the screen's having a better time than anyone in the theater, and they all couldn't care less. And that's just no fun at all.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Nov 29, 2010
    One of my all time favorites. Some people complain about the way it kind of juggles the multiple characters and stories, but the way itOne of my all time favorites. Some people complain about the way it kind of juggles the multiple characters and stories, but the way it gracefully ties every plot line together borders genius. No stone is left unturned in this clever, witty, and simply hilarious movie. If you want to a Guy Ritchie style film with Chuck Palahniuk type narration and dialogue then this is the film for you. You won't get enough of this one. Full Review »
  2. PatC.
    Feb 12, 2007
    Generally unpolished and harmless comedy. But watch for Siobhan Fallon Hogan, delicious as the airline ticket agent.
  3. LindaA.
    Jun 8, 2006
    This movie gets better every time we watch it as there are so many characters (several of them fast talking) and great lines that it was hard This movie gets better every time we watch it as there are so many characters (several of them fast talking) and great lines that it was hard to appreciate them all at one time. My husband and I have watched this DVD many times and we just crack up! We really appreciate how American pop culture is integrated into the movie -- Martha, the Discovery Channel, etc. We highly recommend this film for any adults who need a night of laughter. Full Review »