There are stretches of big fun in Big Trouble, and little pleasures too.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Contradicts itself because it's a ramshackle comedy that's both rowdy and neatly pressed.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
Manages to emerge winningly as an entertaining experience.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
One funny movie.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
The way the roundelay of partners functions, and the interplay within partnerships and among partnerships and the general air of Gator-bashing are consistently delightful.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
It desperately wants to be a wacky, screwball comedy, but the most screwy thing here is how so many talented people were convinced to waste their time.
Renee Graham - Boston Globe
Makes for distinctly uneasy viewing, as Big Trouble's massive subtext repeatedly threatens to overwhelm its haphazardly stylized diegesis.
Nick Rutigliano - Village Voice
Feels haphazard, as if the writers mistakenly thought they could achieve an air of frantic spontaneity by simply tossing in lots of characters doing silly stuff and stirring the pot.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
The new comedy is enjoyable, but there's always a sense that it could be better.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
It's the kind of movie you can't quite recommend because it is all windup and not much of a pitch, yet you can't bring yourself to dislike it.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Mostly ... Sonnenfeld mishandles the broad part of the comedic formula, preferring repetition to thematic development.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
More trouble than it's worth.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
In this clumsy attempt to merge farce with satire, the jokes repeatedly miss the mark.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Too scattered, too convoluted and far too hyper to get any workable comic steam going.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
A fast-moving, riotous comedy with a terrific ensemble cast.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Like an overloaded aircraft at that security-challenged airport, Big Trouble moves forward in fits and starts but never manages to achieve sufficient momentum for a smooth, satisfying liftoff.
Joe Leydon - Variety
A good-natured ensemble comedy that tries hard to make the most of a bumper cast, but never quite gets off the ground.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
It's a labored, needy comedy. The strain shows.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
I don't think I laughed out loud once. And when you're talking about a slapstick comedy, that's a pretty big problem.
Daphne Gordon - Toronto Star
A frantic search for laughs, with a hit-to-miss ratio that doesn't exactly favour the audience.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
I laughed. I didn't respect myself, or the movie, one bit after that.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
A glorious mess.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The filmmakers keep pushing the jokes at the expense of character until things fall apart.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The big problem with Big Trouble, despite a fine cast and director, is that the damn thing isn't funny.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A playful trifle that feels so much like a genial knockoff of Get Shorty that it might as well be called Get Shorter.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Sharp, funny movie for high schoolers and up.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
Faithful to the events in Barry's novel, lifts a good deal of his witty dialogue, and recruits a proven cast of laugh-winners. Why, then, is it so resolutely unfunny?
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Dean Essner - Film Threat
The worst thing someone could say about "Big Trouble" is that it's too much like "Get Shorty," which is one of the best reasons to go see the film
Vanessa Sibbald - Zap2it.com
Dean Essner - FilmStew.com
Sprawling comedy has a few laughs in it -- and the specter of recent events hanging over it.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Director Barry Sonnenfeld unites an incredibly unique and charismatic ensemble cast for this witty adaptation of Dave Barry's 1998 novel.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
...a highly enjoyable romp that is as multi-faceted as it is tightly constructed.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Big Trouble is one of those great big silly capers that fails at juggling its dark humor while feeling cutesy in its ability to dance around the plot contrivances...derivative, offensive, stylish and smirky crime caper.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Tim Allen is great in his role but never hogs the scenes from his fellow cast, as there are plenty of laughs and good lines for everyone in this comedy.
Gareth J. Von Kallenbach - Film Threat
It's a good thing Tim Allen has Santa Claus to fall back on because any more pictures like this one and he'd be in BIG trouble.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Huffs like a bus headed uphill while Mr. Sonnenfeld and company shovel on weirdness and hope for the best.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
...Big Trouble is...one of the more enjoyable comedies to emerge in a good long while.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
the plot is so amusingly contrived and outlandish in its coincidences that no one could ever mistake it for anything resembling reality
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Nothing in Big Trouble occurs for any reason other than to appease director Barry Sonnenfeld's yen for randomly orchestrated cuteness.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Funny, fast paced and overall well done
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
It?s fun, but the book is far, far better.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Take a friend (invisible or real) to see this one... it's laugh out loud funny
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Jason Lee looks almost beatific as the shaggy, homeless Puggy. This movie is just as hilarious as Dave Barry's quirky book.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
brisk and hyperactive. Some scenes move so quickly, it looks like Sonnenfeld forced the cast to consume large amounts of espresso between each take.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
What a promising name for such a disappointing movie.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
...there's a lot of fun, idiotic stuff, plenty of action, one-liners, and bloated buffoonery. And some great goat stunt work.
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
perfectly enjoyable, instantly forgettable, nothing to write home about.
Larry Carroll - Countingdown.com
Though it can't match Sonnenfeld's best work, Big Trouble is more than up to the task before it.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Because the tone is so light, so genial and eager to please, the whole enterprise seems the opposite of prescient. It seems naive, almost delusional.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Laboured, wheezy and almost completely unfunny.
Adam Nayman - eye WEEKLY
Russell Smith - Austin Chronicle
Despite its promising cast of characters, Big Trouble remains a loosely tied series of vignettes which only prove that 'zany' doesn't necessarily mean 'funny.'
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
The title says it all.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
Definitely just a trifle of a film, but so many light entertainments should be so brisk, witty, and well-performed.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Near constantly amusing and quickly paced but rarely hilarious or contagiously entertaining, the film is enjoyable, but also unremarkable and instantly forgettable.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
... Big Trouble produces only a very few small chuckles.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
The kind of sense of humor that derives from a workman's grasp of pun and entendre and its attendant need to constantly draw attention to itself.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A pleasant enough comedy that should have found a summer place.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
There are so many self-consciously screwy conceits begging for laughs in this lunatic fringe Miami Vice, the prize for crudest is anyone's call.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Based on a novel by Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry, but has none of the writer's trademark wit.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The pace is quick, the movie is short, the jokes are fast and the timing is sharp.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
It's been assembled very well by Sonnenfeld, whose work here is less stylized than usual.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Feels more like a series of sketches thrown together than a movie.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Sonnenfeld ... knows how to corral zaniness like this.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Dean Essner - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A Big disappointment bereft of much theatrical value.
Kim Morgan - Oregonian
The laughs are few and far between.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV skit-com material fervently deposited on the big screen.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
For entertainment value, things don't get much better...but when it comes to the potential-to-payoff ratio, things don't get much more frustrating.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Big trouble, indeed. Memo to Hollywood: Retire that title for another few decades, at least!
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Based on Dave Barry's popular book of the same name, the movie benefits from having a real writer plot out all of the characters' moves and overlapping story.
Shirley Klass - Fantastica Daily
What director Barry Sonnenfeld surely intended to be farce now only seems forced, and even actors as self-sufficient as Allen and Russo seem utterly flummoxed.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Too much worn-out shtick, too little detail and way too little Dave Barry.
Chauncey Mabe - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Achieves an understated yet cartoonish silliness, and a certain warmth, thanks to an exceedingly likable ensemble and Barry Sonnenfeld's generally assured direction.
Sheri Linden - Boxoffice Magazine
Big Trouble's talented cast also helps smooth over the film's rough patches.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
A little weak -- and it isn't that funny.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Feels as if the inmates have actually taken over the asylum.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Putting these admittedly wacky vignettes together simply doesn't make for a funny movie; it makes for a mess.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
The plentiful laughs are obvious and broad, yet they mostly play.
Jonathan Taylor - Citysearch
In an age where flatulence passes for humor, Big Trouble's smart fun qualifies as a breath of fresh air.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Most everyone generates a few laughs, with the funniest moments provided by Dennis Farina and Zooey Deschanel.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
fast, frantic and fun, but also soon forgotten
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A wearisome stab at screwball comedy.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
The pacing is swift and the laughs are steady.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Like attending amateur night at a comedy club, where each contestant is limited to just one joke.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
A bizarre dark comedy using its characters in an insanely funny chess game.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Streamlined to a tight, brisk 85-minute screwball thriller, "Big Trouble" is funny, harmless and as substantial as a tub of popcorn with extra butter.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Despite its patchwork construction, Big Trouble is a satisfyingly funny little flick and nothing more.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
It's a fun movie with lots of colorful characters, lots of bizarre plot meanderings and quite a few memorable lines and sequences.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
I suspect this is the kind of production that would have been funnier if the director had released the outtakes theatrically and used the film as a bonus feature on the DVD.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Further proof that Sonnenfeld's career, brought to a screeching halt with the gaseous and pointless Wild Wild West, continues in the downward spiral.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
One of the funnier movies in town.
Vera H-C Chan - Contra Costa Times
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
On its own, Big Trouble could be considered a funny little film.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Sonnenfeld's touch fails him this time around...resembles the frantic, sprawling mess he made of 'The Wild Wild West.'
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Plays like reheated Sonnenfeld, one man's tribute to himself.
Robert Wilonsky - New Times
Takes aim at the irritations of everyday life ... and finds ways to turn irritation into humor.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Is there ever a good time to release a film that endorses bribing airline personal for tickets to carry a suitcase containing a ticking nuclear bomb onto a plane?
David Levine - Filmcritic.com
The maid runs away screaming, something that you'll feel like doing many times during the movie.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
It has a huge cast of borderline stars and it throws about a bazillion jokes at the screen, with slightly more than half sticking and about one in ten worthy of any kind of gut-based laugh.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Its cast full of caffeinated comedy performances more than make up for its logical loopholes, which fly by so fast there's no time to think about them anyway.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Quick: who wants to see a comedy about shoddy airport security?
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
well-paced, tight, little film teetering ticklingly on the fine line between the ridiculous and the possible. -- *INTERVIEWS*
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Isn't it a bit early in his career for director Barry Sonnenfeld to do a homage to himself? And it's a lousy one at that.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com