Owen Gleiberman
December 19, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Big Fish

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Limited Release Date
12/25/03
Wide Release Date
01/09/04
performer
Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Buscemi, Billy Crudup, Danny DeVito, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Matthew McGrory
director
Tim Burton
distributor
Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
author
John August
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Drama

We gave it a B

A box of chocolates that turns into a box of Kleenex. Director Tim Burton serves up Southern gothic tall tales with a matter-of-fact fancy that is very pleasing, yet the movie milks the audience when it should soar. With the spectacularly ingratiating Ewan McGregor.

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