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Based on 13 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    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. show more

  • 88
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Much of the plot stretches credulity, but the way it's constructed keeps tension high. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 75
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The Big Picture ends perhaps a bit too ambiguously, but there's something refreshing about its faith in the moviegoer's intelligence. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    Like its protagonist, the film sells out for the security of convention and complacency. show more

  • 60
    David Parkinson Empire

    A few plot holes hold back what is otherwise a well cast and compelling picture. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    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. show more

  • 60
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    The direction from Eric Lartigau keeps things moving along fast and furious: preposterous it may be, the movie is carried off with some style. show more

  • 60
    Tom Dawson Total Film

    Built around a multilayered performance from Duris, it's a film unafraid to pose more questions than it answers. show more

  • 75
    Marc Mohan Portland Oregonian

    A decent-enough treat for fans of this particular Gallic genre. show more

  • October 21, 2012 dd00000000129787
    Report This User

    This is a wonderful, odd French turn on Hawthorne\'s short story WAKEFIELD in which a man flees his seemingly successful like in order to re-invent himself. Bonus: any film w/ Catherine Deneuve is worth a visit.

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