Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 12, 2012
    90
    Paul is not a sociopath like Tom Ripley, and the movie does not convey the same diabolical Hitchcockian sense of being manipulated by a slightly sadistic master puppeteer. As the story sprawls across the screen, it darts from one incident to the next as though it were inventing itself as it goes along.
  2. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Oct 11, 2012
    88
    Much of the plot stretches credulity, but the way it's constructed keeps tension high.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Dec 13, 2012
    75
    A decent-enough treat for fans of this particular Gallic genre.
  4. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Dec 7, 2012
    75
    The Big Picture ends perhaps a bit too ambiguously, but there's something refreshing about its faith in the moviegoer's intelligence.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 25, 2012
    75
    The movie feels loose and unpredictable. You're never sure where Paul or the story is going, and while that makes The Big Picture unexpectedly gripping for much of its running time, the shapelessness ultimately wins out.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Oct 10, 2012
    75
    For most of the way, right up until a hastily contrived and deeply unsatisfying ending, the film perceptively sketches a fractured identity, a man who enters a new life carrying painful remnants of the old.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Oct 11, 2012
    70
    The Big Picture has been compared to "The Talented Mr. Ripley," the twice-filmed Patricia Highsmith novel about a sociopath who kills and then impersonates a rich acquaintance. But in spirit it's closer to Michelangelo Antonioni's 1975 "The Passenger," with Jack Nicholson as an existential adventurer who poses as a dead stranger.
  8. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Oct 10, 2012
    70
    For most of the film, Lartigau creates the tension of a Hitchcockian thriller solely through Paul's interior struggle.
  9. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Oct 10, 2012
    60
    A few plot holes hold back what is otherwise a well cast and compelling picture.
  10. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 10, 2012
    60
    The Big Picture is really Duris's picture; the actor toggles effortlessly between arrogant, feral, remorseful and ruthless as the plot throws one curveball after the next.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Oct 10, 2012
    60
    The direction from Eric Lartigau keeps things moving along fast and furious: preposterous it may be, the movie is carried off with some style.
  12. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    Oct 10, 2012
    60
    Built around a multilayered performance from Duris, it's a film unafraid to pose more questions than it answers.
  13. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Oct 10, 2012
    50
    Like its protagonist, the film sells out for the security of convention and complacency.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 24, 2013
    8
    Compelling crime and redemption tale about a lawyer who invents a new life for himself by assuming the identity of another man, but notCompelling crime and redemption tale about a lawyer who invents a new life for himself by assuming the identity of another man, but not without complications. Romain Duris gives a strong, fascinating performance that succeeds in creating sympathy for what in other hands might well have been an unlikeable, unredeemable character. Recommended for fans of Patricia Highsmith's "Tom Ripley" novels as well as fans of Romain Duris. Full Review »