The BFG

The BFG

The BFG

Steven Spielberg and the late screenwriter of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial adapt Roald Dahl's 1982 novel. Follows Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill), the Queen of England (Penelope Wilton) and The BFG (Mark Rylance) on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have invaded the human world. The cast of giants includes Bill Hader and Jemaine Clement.

2016Rating: PG, Some scenes may frighten young children118 minsUSA, UK
AdventureKids & FamilyFantasyBlockbuster
Director:
Steven Spielberg ('ET', 'Jaws', 'Jurassic Park', 'Saving Private Ryan', 'Schindler's List', 'Catch Me If You Can', 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind')
Writer:
Melissa Mathison
Cast:
Rebecca HallMark RylanceJemaine ClementBill HaderPenelope WiltonAdam GodleyÓlafur Darri ÓlafssonRuby Barnhill

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The BFG / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

Steven Spielberg adapting Roald Dahl’s beloved tale The BFG should really be a case of shooting fish in a barrel, with two masters in entertaining children and children-at-heart coming together on the big screen. That the resulting film is excellent viewing distracts from how challenging this adaptation about an orphan, a dreamcatching giant, his violent brethren and the Queen of England must have actually been to bring to life.

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Variety

Variety

This splendid Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation makes it possible for audiences of all ages to wrap their heads around one of the unlikeliest friendships in cinema history...

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Time Out

Time Out

Flaws aside, this is a superior, inventive kids' film, and one that's bound to make Rylance's giant a favourite with younger audiences.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

It’s a weighty technical accomplishment – the extraordinary detailed motion-capture technology alone... is river-straddling bounds beyond anything you’ve seen before.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A typically distinctive, eccentric and seductive star performance from Mark Rylance absolutely makes this movie what it is.

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The Age

The Age

Spielberg has already made one brilliant movie about a young English child thrust into a dangerous environment with 1987's Empire of the Sun, and perhaps a further touch of darkness would have added some contrast here.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

One of the simplest and straightforward tales Spielberg has directed. If it's quiet in parts, that's indicative of the contemplative mood at work, and also his commitment to dreams as a wellspring of creativity and happiness.

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Stuff

Stuff

A lovingly crafted, sublime bit of live-action-with-clever-CGI filmmaking.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Leaves you believing in the magic of dreams.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The film represents the director in a more pensive, even philosophical vein, less interested in propulsive cinema and more reflective about what would seem to mean the most to him...

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FilmInk

FilmInk

Like a mandated visit to a beloved but doddering grandparent...

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Parents looking for a 21st-century E.T. to share with their kids are bound to be a bit disappointed even as their eyes are dazzled.

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