The Big Sick (2017)


Critic Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore.


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Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. THE BIG SICK is directed by Michael Showalter (HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS) and producer by Judd Apatow (TRAINWRECK, THIS IS 40) and Barry Mendel (TRAINWRECK, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS).

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Critic Reviews for The Big Sick

All Critics (276) | Top Critics (42)

A hugely enjoyable, lovable comedy.

Jul 27, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's funny, touching, and perceptive.

Jul 11, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Big Sick" has a big heart and shows there are still corners left to explore in romantic comedies; it just takes someone willing to find them.

Jul 7, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"The Big Sick" has a lot of charm.

Jul 6, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Mostly, the movie works for the reason that all the best rom-coms do: you fall in love, a little bit, with Kumail and Emily, and want them to stay together.

Jul 5, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Big Sick" suffers from an excess of pleasantness, and this very pleasantness thins out its substance, blands out its tone, weakens its comedy.

Jul 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big Sick

What starts like a fresh take on the old "When Harry met Sally" premise soon gets a pretty dramatic and unexpected twist, and ultimately turns out to be based on true events. Every minute in between is funny, sad and very true. Likable, realistic characters and a great script make this a romantic comedy highlight of recent years, while tackling cultural differences and low key racism at the same time. Outstanding.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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A little long, but good movie. Zoe Kazan is great. I have never not liked her in a movie.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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If there is something that no one can blame this film from being is predictable, since it always finds ways to surprise us with its maturity and sincerity, benefiting from solid performances and a very fine balance between heart and humor to tell us this real-life story.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Unique film showing a seldom-represented protagonist. Wonderful blend of laughs and drama.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

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