Big Fat Liar 2002

Critics score:
42 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Jay Carr, Boston Globe: Where there's dumb and dumber, there's invariably dumbest, a case in point being Big Fat Liar. Read more

John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press: I'd be the one lying if I said that Muniz and his inspired payback aren't sometimes funny. Read more

Charles Savage, Miami Herald: The result is so tame that even slightly wised-up kids would quickly change the channel. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: [A]n utterly charming and hilarious film that reminded me of the best of the Disney comedies from the 60s. Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: In gleefully, thumpingly hyperbolic terms, it covers just about every cliche in the compendium about crass, jaded movie types and the phony baloney movie biz. Read more

Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News: It's hard to think of two young actors who could pump as much life into a movie as Frankie Muniz and Amanda Bynes do in Big Fat Liar. Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: It's no surprise, alas, that Mr. Muniz and Ms. Bynes seem considerably smarter than the frantic knockabout comedy in which they find themselves trapped. Read more

Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times: Unless you're part of the Nickelodeon Nation, the cold, hard truth is you're better off dropping your 'tween at the multiplex and spending that hour and a half doing something more worthwhile. Read more

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Paul Tatara, The overall effect is less like a children's movie than a recruitment film for future Hollywood sellouts. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: Let's call [Muniz] the next-generation Fred Savage. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Becomes a progression of increasingly elaborate slapstick stunts, in the brutal, noisy Home Alone vein, in which the complexity of the pranks rarely yields a commensurate comic reward. Read more

Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune: Plays so flat, so to close its 'movie message' formula, that it seems as if we've seen this movie before. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: A lame collection of dumber-than-dumb gags, the quality of Big Fat Liar is on par with that of the worst television sit-com gorged to four times its normal size. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The movie's charm is that it has confidence in this goofy story and doesn't push it too hard. Read more

Damien Cave, Never pushes its pranks far enough to reach laugh-out-loud success and never gives its actors enough comedic support. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: A children's movie that's almost worth seeing even when not accompanied by a child. Read more

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Claudia Puig, USA Today: Feels at times like a giant commercial for Universal Studios, where much of the action takes place. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: Manages to be sweet and wickedly satisfying at the same time. Read more