Skip to main content


Based on 42 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Director Tim Burton finally hooks the one that got away: a script that challenges and deepens his visionary talent. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A long-winded indulgence in tear-and-a-smile whimsy, elevated above the merely irritating and saccharine by compelling art direction. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Has enough tasty bait to satisfy an array of moviegoers: Burton fans, Albert Finney fans, fans of tall tales well spun by experts and fans of movies that don't look like any other. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Simultaneously beguiling and frustrating -- the product of an imagist and dramatist uncomfortably conjoined. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Burton's film is an American version of the Odyssey. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    But Burton and August have added ­anger to the mix, and it sours much of the otherwise wondrous tone. show more

  • 40
    Kirk Honeycutt 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. show more

  • 100
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Big Fish really is a big delight. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A word of warning. Big Fish is so strange and so literary that audiences seeking conventional fare may get impatient with it. But it always takes effort to catch the big ones. This one is worth it. show more

  • 88
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Even with Burton's imagination turning its trademark cartwheels, the film's big beating heart holds the whimsical offshoots steady. show more

  • July 29, 2012 mtnpagan
    Report This User

    Great film. Good for everyone. Loved Carl. No Violence. Wish there were more films like this.

My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts


You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.

    Update settings