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Big Fish

2003 American fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Tim Burton, and based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace Website

Approval Rate: 83%

83%Approval ratio

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    Tue Nov 10 2009

    Tim Burton you win but stop recycling

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    Sat Jan 28 2006

    It was a good story but I wasn't too impressed with it.

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    Sun Feb 20 2005

    Very good adaptation of the book. Albert Finney puts in a great performance, but Jude Law is a little underwhelming.

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    Mon Jan 10 2005

    Good movie, but it seemed like a rip straight out of Forrest Gump.

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    Mon May 24 2004

    As a closet Tim Burton fan, I was excited to see this film and while the odd pace of the movie slowed me down a bit, I wasn't disappointed. A visual extravaganza for the eyes, filled with fanciful sights and effects, it was delightful. The plot was fun and ambitious in its twists and turns. The always wonderful Ewan McGregor was charming and heart-warming. Billy Crudup also did a fantastic job. A darling movie that definitely be given a chance.

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    Wed May 19 2004

    I first tried to look into Edward Bloom's tales a little too much, I think, and that's where I came into a problem when I began watching Big Fish. But as the movie progressed, I found his tales amusing and almost charming, often finding myself laughing out loud at the extravagance and adventure. I especially enjoyed Billy Crudup as the son -- Billy has consistently shown his talent in the past and did not disappoint this time around. Big Fish was an enjoyable tale with a tear-jerker of an ending, and it shows the reality of father-son relationships. Wonderful work.

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    Tue May 04 2004

    When I was watching this film I honestly felt like some of you, I just simply didn't like it. By the time it finished I did a complete U-Turn and I liked it realising what Tim Burton was trying to do. We as the audience are suppossed to be feeling what the son is feeling. Anger, frustration and sometimes disbelief of his father's story and even the stories we are seeing. Tim Burton is a fantastic filmaker, but I still like his early work (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands) better.

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    Sun May 02 2004

    At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one, but by the end I did. Like most Tim Burton movies, the plot is a little secondary, but the visuals are very good. It's been unfairly compared to The Wizard of Oz, so if you go into this one thinking it's gonna be that good you're going to be disappointed.

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    Mon Mar 22 2004

    I thought this movie was awful. My friend and I kept looking at each other, wondering is this really happening? The main character's fictional storytelling was not what I expected; I was prepared for a Forrest Gump and this was more comparable to Alice in Wonderland.

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    Tue Mar 09 2004

    A 4.5. Tim Burton did a nice job directing this weird-but-good film about a man who's father is dying and retells his life story with fantasy and fact. not the best film but still it's watchable.

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    Sun Feb 01 2004

    I really enjoyed this film of a son trying to reconnect and understand his dying father through his stories. Albert Finney was marvelous as the older Edward Bloom. Ewan McGregor was terrific and utterly charming as the young Edward Bloom and Billy Crudup was wonderfully cast as his son. He played the part so well as son so estranged from his father, but yet wanting to be so close. Tim Burton films are usually full of visuals, full of imagination with some humor thrown in the mix. This one is no exception. This is one film that will make you smile, make you laugh and pull at your heartstrings.

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    Sun Jan 18 2004

    We saw this as a family today. Nice movie.'Tim Burton did a good job about a dad who loves to tell big Fish stories about his life. His grown son has grown tired of them and does not believe any of it. he is embarrassed by his dad's stories.we see the dad as a younger man as he goes through is life with the stories he says his life was like. well played by Ewan McGregor as the young version and Albert Finney as the older Edward.we find out at the end if his stories are true, somewhat true or whoppers.very charming and imaginative story telling.