Run Fatboy Run Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2008
This feeble premise limits the movie to perfunctory gags about the hero's sloth and some canned underdog drama.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 31, 2008
Sure it's predictable. Sure it's a slight effort, but I still think it's pretty funny and charming.
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
March 28, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 28, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 28, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
March 28, 2008
Tere's nothing edgy or new about Run, Fat Boy, Run.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 28, 2008
This is a romantic comedy light on romance but heavy on comedy, and it's well cast to skew in that direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 28, 2008
Enough already. I mean, I don't have anything against comedies about dopey guys who win the love of a good woman by competing in ridiculous Olympian contests. But if I wanted to see a really funny one, I'd rent a Rocky movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
March 28, 2008
The kind of movie that's apt to be dismissed a goofy lark. It is that. But it's also a rare comedy that believes in its own message, and that could inspire the depressed and the demoralized to grit their teeth and keep running.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 28, 2008
Thanks to a jaunty Brit-rock score and likable characters all around, the movie's easy to watch and occasionally pumps up the emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 28, 2008
There's much too much of everything in Run, Fatboy, Run. Every ounce of comedy is so forced and full-on ridiculous that when characters express even a smidgen of sentiment, it feels like a parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 28, 2008
The film is better than expected. It's directed with warmth, humor and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 28, 2008
This is not a film with blazingly original ideas or a groundbreaking script - I guessed the ending before the movie even started - but it has a sweet nature, an abundance of laughs and plenty of Pegg to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
March 28, 2008
From storyline to characterization to style of comedy, everything about the directorial debut of former Friends star David Schwimmer is a nod to accommodation, compromise and consensus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 28, 2008
There's a cheeky, cross-continental exuberance to Run, Fatboy, Run that lifts it over its predictability and keeps you laughing louder than you know you should. It's an upfront guilty pleasure without pretense; what a pleasant surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 28, 2008
Run, Fatboy, Run isn't going to win any prizes for fresh questions. But it's just fleet enough to hold its own in the middle of the pack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 28, 2008
Run Fat Boy Run might as well have been written by a rushed piece of software. The program calls for a surprise engagement, a street fight complete with crotch punches, an apartment eviction, and a runaway child -- all in about five minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 28, 2008
Deserves credit for not working us over the way so many modern comedies too. It brings us to the finish line with energy to spare, instead of leaving us feeling sapped.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 27, 2008
Run Fatboy Run isn't particularly hilarious or moving, but it's got just enough humor and pathos to render its myriad flaws almost forgivable. Almost.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 27, 2008
Run Fat Boy Run is hard to love, thanks to the tedious romantic-comedy cliches to which it subjects its characters -- and us.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 27, 2008
The project represents an uncertain Britification of a script by Chicago native Michael Ian Black, and the result finds itself stranded somewhere out in the Atlantic, mid-crossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 27, 2008
Snarkiness and sentiment are in constant battle for supremacy throughout Run Fat Boy Run with no chance of a comfortable draw.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
March 27, 2008
[Director] Schwimmer shows some skill by keeping the mood light and making no notable missteps, but he still comes away looking like someone trying, and failing, to play Judd Apatow, the reigning champion of realistic, emotional comedy.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 27, 2008
It may be the kind of film that will make you smile more than laugh, but you'll smile a lot. And although it practically forces you to root for its hero, you won't mind a bit because the hero is played by Simon Pegg.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 26, 2008
This is yet another parody that falls victim to the desire to become what it's intending to satirize.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 26, 2008
Director David Schwimmer bloats this slapdash concept into dim, witless overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 26, 2008
It has meaning and sentiment and a nice pay-off for its finale. But without more laughs, Run Fatboy Run is awfully winded by the time it crosses the finish line.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 26, 2008
Clumsy and inept in demeanor but a whirlwind of comic energy, with an air of self-congratulatory winsomeness, Simon Pegg steals this otherwise minor but enjoyably unpretentious little comedy and pockets it like a Mars bar.
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
March 25, 2008
Pegg has staked out a peculiar slant on genre material that ventures beyond irony toward rehabilitation -- and nobody plays blithe humiliation with more style.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 24, 2008
I wouldn't believe that Run Fat Boy Run was co-written by Simon Pegg if he weren't up there on the screen in teeny briefs and with his gut stuck out, trying to endear himself to the American audience in material maybe a notch above Rob Schneider's.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 20, 2008
Run, Fat Boy, Run stays out of sitcom quicksand long enough to make you think that Schwimmer has a knack for this comedy-directing thing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2007
...despite lacking marquee stars could do well with the date-night mainstream.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 11, 2007
There are no surprises here -- just broad, frequently slapstick gags that don't avoid but do tamp down a bit on the bodily-function school of yokkery.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 7, 2007
What should be dreadfully synthetic actually plays as a pleasant time-passer, thanks to a goodly supply of one-liners, and Pegg and Newton's facility for investing a string of hokey plot devices with genuine warmth. Formulaic, yet disarmingly enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6