Amazon Studios The Big Sick

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Amazon Studios The Big Sick

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In our analysis of 108 expert reviews, the Amazon Studios The Big Sick placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Academy Award nominee, heart-warming, hit comedy from producer Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids, Trainwreck). The Big Sick is based on the real-life courtship between Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Nanjiani) and grad student Emily Gordon (Zoe Kazan) who fall in love but struggle while dealing with Emily’s mysterious illness and their families’ culture clash. Also staring Ray Romano, Holly Hunter.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

15 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

2,705 user reviews

What experts liked

“The Big Sick” is a Judd Apatow production, and like a number of movies he’s been involved with over the years (“Funny People,” “This Is 40”), it goes on a tad longer than it should. Some tightening, especially toward the end, might have made a great film truly excellent.
- Roger Ebert
June 23, 2017 | Full review
In some ways, The Big Sick is a pretty typical romantic comedy. We have the obligatory meet-cute, obligatory make-out scenes, an obligatory break up and obligatory dramatic tension about whether the couple is going to get back together again.
- Plugged In
What’s more, despite the regular thrum of tension-breaking gags, it never pulls big emotional punches and, commendably, doesn’t offer easy answers to the thorny questions of religion, tradition and family loyalty.
- Empire
July 24, 2017 | Full review
The Big Sick is the frankest and funniest date movie around, but be warned: You’ll laugh till it hurts.
- Rolling Stone
And yes, the film feels timely, in the way that it’s perhaps inevitable that any story focused on a Pakistani Muslim living in America will right now, as we do see examples of the casual racism Kumail faces.
June 29, 2017 | Full review
Thanks to the particulars and the meticulously voice of the script, each of the actors are able to guide and take you right into The Big Sick's most touching, tragic, heart-breaking, and tender moments, and you're always aware of just how well-controlled, thoughtful, and though out the film is.
- Cinema Blend
Fortunately for Nanjiani, Hunter can also be generous, extending maternal sympathy in his direction as the story progresses; when she's not around, the actor is more than ready to run the gauntlet of emotions required in his inevitable showdown with Kumail's own parents.
- The Hollywood Reporter
January 20, 2017 | Full review
The Big Sick is one of the best romantic comedies of this short century and one of the best films of 2017, period. The delightful chemistry of Kumail and Emily’s delayed courtship accentuates compelling adoration far more than Sandra Bullock voiceovers and a hapless Bill Pullman.
- Every Movie Has A Lesson
July 11, 2017 | Full review
Based on a true story, this movie has the very unique premise of new love in which the girl quickly enters a coma and the guy meets her parents (for the first time) in the waiting area of the hospital.
- Reel Rundown
November 3, 2018 | Full review
This dramedy mixes laughter and tears as Kumail and Emily struggle to work out their love for each other in the midst of familial clashes, religious pressures, health crises, traditional values, and the cultural criticism of young comedians.
- Spirituality and Practice
Throughout the film, we see how Nanjani emphasizes the complication between traditional Pakistani values and American individualism. His parents firmly believe in arranged marriages, but he does not.
- Medium
January 22, 2018 | Full review
In terms of craftsmanship, The Big Sick is perfectly solid, if not quite on the same level as its acting and screenwriting.
- Screen Rant
July 14, 2017 | Full review
In the film’s compact first act, Kumail and Emily blaze through very funny, and very sweet, new-relationship markers: the pillow talk and personality litmus tests, as when Emily charmingly bristles at Kumail watching her watch one of his favorite films: “I love it when men test me on my taste.”
- The Austin Chronicle
June 30, 2017 | Full review
The film never once feels even positively biased as it deconstructs the emotional toll this deeply conservative style of parenting can have on its children. A traditional form of household that still resonates through South Asian values and feels in desperate need of progression.
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Nevertheless, the sweetness radiating outwards from Nanjiani sustains it, and whenever The Big Sick digs a substratum or two deeper than the rom-com norm, that spitballing
- Little White Lies
July 25, 2017 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Which brings us to the only slight drawback: the running time
- Roger Ebert
June 23, 2017 | Full review
In other ways, The Big Sick veers wildly from that well-established formula. Perhaps that's because the story is loosely based on actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani's real relationship with (co-screenwriter) Emily V. Gordon—including Emily actually being in a coma for eight days in real life.
- Plugged In
Not all of it works — the backstage scenes with Kumail and fellow comics played by Bo Burnham and Aidy Bryant betray a bit of improvisational bagginess — but this is a fearlessly funny achievement.
- Empire
July 24, 2017 | Full review
But here he sheds every smart-ass and absurdist tendency, delivering such a straightforward and heartfelt picture many longtime fans may accuse him of selling out.
- The Hollywood Reporter
January 20, 2017 | Full review
I am going to struggle to write about this without giving details away, so bare with me. This issue is kind of related to the fight, but it was significantly separated in the story so deserves its own section in this review.
- Reel Rundown
November 3, 2018 | Full review

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