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Run Fatboy Run (2008)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 148
Fresh: 70 | Rotten: 78

Run, Fat Boy, Run features sporadic laughs, but is ultimately too formulaic and predictable.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 17

Run, Fat Boy, Run features sporadic laughs, but is ultimately too formulaic and predictable.



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An overweight man leaves his fiancée on their wedding day, only to realize years later that she's the one and only woman of his dreams in a romantic comedy that reunites Big Nothing co-stars Simon Pegg and David Schwimmer, this time with Schimmer in the director's chair. It's not easy to win back a woman after leaving her at the altar, but when an out-of-shape man finally realizes just what a mistake he's made, he vows to run a high-profile marathon in order to convince his ex-fiancée that the



Michael Ian Black, Simon Pegg

Sep 23, 2008


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All Critics (148) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (70) | Rotten (78) | DVD (6)

This feeble premise limits the movie to perfunctory gags about the hero's sloth and some canned underdog drama.

December 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Sure it's predictable. Sure it's a slight effort, but I still think it's pretty funny and charming.

March 31, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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One thing Schwimmer does do right is keep the story moving swiftly. You're in, you're out, no harm done -- unless you want that hour and a half back.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Amiable, consistently amusing and surprisingly affecting, it has the flavor of a Nick Hornby novel, with its focus on an overgrown boy struggling to grow up and be a man.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Run, Fat Boy, Run is the directorial debut of actor David Schwimmer, who is much better behind the camera than in front of it. Here, he's taken material best suited to sketch comedy and turned it into a feature of no small heart and humour.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Tere's nothing edgy or new about Run, Fat Boy, Run.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Nothing to be embarrassed about here. Though the kick-in-the-balls scene does run on a bit.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Far from the gut-busting brilliance of Pegg's other, self-made starring vehicles.

March 29, 2009 Full Review Source:

The film, like its flabby aspiring marathon runner protagonist, feels shapeless and exhausted from the sheer effort of trying to please audiences.

September 24, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

The picture manages to juggle both the silly and the sentimental without falling flat.

September 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

...cuter and sweeter than I expected, a mildly pleasant surprise.

September 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Schwimmer completely lacks what it takes to ever get this movie off the ground. The story is fairly formula and the actors are basically on mark, yet the jokes (most of which are so predictable they are telegraphed a mile in advance) land with a virtually

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

It's a Generation X movie in a way very few movies are any more; it is unseemly to admit that our generation is about as slackery as we had promised to become. Go with your ex and smile.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

It's a good formalic romantic comedy. Nothing more.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Schwimmer offers generic rom-com conventions in his feature directorial debut.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

[The protagonist is] a petty, unlikable loser.

June 4, 2008 Full Review Source: The Cinema Source

(Run, Fat Boy, Run) is your nice, fun, romantic film that is not necessarily worth spending your money to see in theatres.

May 24, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

Em sua estréia na direção, Schwimmer atira para todos os lados: comédia física, escatologia, estereótipos, besteirol, e por aí afora, falhando consistentemente todas as vezes. E Pegg jamais esteve tão artificial, o que é uma surpresa desagradável.

May 2, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Turn and run, no matter what size you are.

May 2, 2008

Run, Fatboy, Run winds up being as immature and exhausting as its protagonist.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC

Run Fatboy Run n'offre rien pour révolutionner le genre, mais présente assez de bonnes intentions pour justifier son existence, et nous faire passer un bon moment

April 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Panorama

It's a lazy effort that offers little encouragement for the future of Schwimmer's directorial career.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

It is neither as funny nor as wickedly subversive as 'Shaun of the Dead,' but it respects its characters enough to make them thoughtful and surprisingly complex, unlike the sitcom stereotypes inhabiting lesser romantic comedies.

April 10, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

Warm/funny film about a man trying to re-win his true love by running a race

April 7, 2008 Full Review Source:

Certainly not the worst movie of the year, not in a year that brought us Over Her Dead Body, One Missed Call, Fool's Gold, Snow Angels and Mad Money. It could be the most mediocre though.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Can Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Run Fatboy Run

Average comedy, nothing special, none offensive and kind of a waste of time.
January 13, 2013

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All I can say is Its predictable and not Pegg's best film but its honestly quite funny
October 1, 2011
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Super Reviewer

That Indian guy was truly funny.
July 25, 2011
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Super Reviewer

Pegg, now a bit of a typecast, always wins me over with his average man of the street hilarity, and his down to earth lovable, puppy dog temperament. Not only was this film original and funny, but also a lesson in how much love can truly heal.
November 23, 2010

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    1. Dennis: When bad things happen, you cant just run away. because running away solves nothing.
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