(2003)

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Metascore

Based on 42 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
Film Threat
A tale that's so enriching, so heartwarming, so funny, so touching and so breathtaking, you'll wonder why the king of wackiness didn't branch out sooner.
88
Rolling Stone
Director Tim Burton finally hooks the one that got away: a script that challenges and deepens his visionary talent.
80
When it catches fire, this great-looking movie offers hilarious diversions.
75
Entertainment Weekly
The movie is a gently overstuffed cinematic piñata, crammed with tall tales -- with giants and circuses and fairy-tale woods, plus a huge squirmy catfish, all served up with a literal matter-of-fact fancy that is very pleasing.
75
ReelViews
Big Fish is a clever, smart fantasy that targets the child inside every adult, without insulting the intelligence of either.
60
The New Yorker
What is most disappointing about Big Fish is the nervousness of its fantasizing--a strange unwillingness, new in Burton's work, to trust the wit of the audience. [15 December 2003, p. 119]
50
Variety
The imaginatively illustrated but precariously precious film offers up a string of minor pleasures but never becomes more than moderately amusing or involving.
50
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Has moments of genuine emotion...but overall, the film feels like it issues from a place Burton doesn't inhabit.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
A misfire. The film that wants to be lighter than air instead crashes to earth with the swiftness of a concrete parachute.
40
The film fairly groans from all the narrative gamesmanship and lavish romantic gestures...The unbewitched viewer may groan as well.

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