Big Fish

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Released 2003

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Director:
Tim Burton (I)
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Big Fish is a fantasy comedic-drama directed by Tim Burton that stars Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, and Jessica Lange in a tale of reconciliation between a dying father and his son. Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) was a traveling salesman from the Southern United States with a great gift for storytelling. Now confined to his deathbed, Edward will attempt to reconnect with his estranged son William Bloom (Billy Crudup). Now much older and with a family of his own, William isn't sure how to feel about his father. Edward wasn't around much since his job as a salesman caused him to travel a lot. All William had were his father's stories about all the great things he experienced on the road. Now with Edward's inevitable death, William will ask for his father to retell all the wonderful stories he used to hear as a kid, each time asking him if everything he was saying, actually happened. With each story from the old man's imagination, Tim Burton will take through a wild ride of unforgettable characters, experiences, and gorgeous imagery.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    There's delight to be had from watching Burton conjure up one fantastical Edward-inspired scenario after another.

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The most curious thing about this magical-realist fable...is how thin and soft it is, how unpersuasive and ultimately forgettable even its most strenuous inventions turn out to be.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The imaginatively illustrated but precariously precious film offers up a string of minor pleasures but never becomes more than moderately amusing or involving.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Utterly Fantastic

    10
    This is Tim Burton's best movie. The characters, narrative and scenery make this an instant classic. Such great story telling with excellent soundtrack.

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Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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Fairy Tales & Fables