• PG-13, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Schwimmer
    In Theaters:
    Sep 7, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 23, 2008
  • Picturehouse


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Run Fatboy Run Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This feeble premise limits the movie to perfunctory gags about the hero's sloth and some canned underdog drama.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 17, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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
Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2008
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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Tere's nothing edgy or new about Run, Fat Boy, Run.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2008
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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This is a romantic comedy light on romance but heavy on comedy, and it's well cast to skew in that direction.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2008
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 28, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film is better than expected. It's directed with warmth, humor and intelligence.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2008
Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

March 28, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

March 28, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 28, 2008
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

March 27, 2008
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Run Fat Boy Run is hard to love, thanks to the tedious romantic-comedy cliches to which it subjects its characters -- and us.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 27, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 27, 2008
Gene Seymour
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Snarkiness and sentiment are in constant battle for supremacy throughout Run Fat Boy Run with no chance of a comfortable draw.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 27, 2008
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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[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.

March 27, 2008
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out New York
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It's hard to dislike Simon Pegg, but in Run Fat Boy Run, he exhausts our sympathy in the prologue.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

March 27, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 27, 2008
James Berardinelli
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This is yet another parody that falls victim to the desire to become what it's intending to satirize.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

March 26, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Director David Schwimmer bloats this slapdash concept into dim, witless overkill.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

March 26, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

March 26, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 26, 2008
Jim Ridley
Village Voice
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Pegg has staked out a peculiar slant on genre material that ventures beyond irony toward rehabilitation -- and nobody plays blithe humiliation with more style.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 25, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

March 24, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

March 20, 2008
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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...despite lacking marquee stars could do well with the date-night mainstream.

September 11, 2007
Dennis Harvey
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 11, 2007
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

September 7, 2007
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