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Fat Albert (2004)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 65

A bland but good-natured adaptation of the cartoon show.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 25

A bland but good-natured adaptation of the cartoon show.



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Bill Cosby's gang of childhood pals evolve from standup comedy to an animated cartoon series to real life in this family-friendly comedy. Doris (Kyla Pratt) is a teenager who doesn't fit in with most of her classmates at school, has been depressed since the death of her grandfather, and is disturbed by her foster sister's willingness to remake herself in order to be popular. One of Doris' few solaces comes from watching reruns of the animated television series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and


Comedy, Kids & Family

Bill Cosby, Lowell Ganz, Charles Kipps, Babaloo Mandel

Mar 22, 2005


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At the end of this weak comedy is a strange and touching scene in which Bill Cosby and his childhood pals from Philadelphia, now elderly men, gather at the grave of Albert Robertson, the real-life inspiration for Cosby's bighearted Fat Albert.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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The Cosby touch (he's co-writer and co-executive producer) is in full effect, schmaltz notwithstanding, as Albert and the gang run through their series of pleasantly diverting escapades.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The sermonizing on behalf of good clean fun and hard old effort (Cosby co-wrote the script) is as faded as Big Al's sweater after too many days on earth.

January 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The movie feels small and flat.

December 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Squeaky-clean but uninspired.

December 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Every move toward promoting acceptance of differences comes with a conflicting idea.

December 27, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Cosby cartoon comes to life in tween-centered story.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A bad movie, but I've seen much worse.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Director Joel Zwick ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") helms this redundant and distinctively shabby movie that wasn't even filmed in Philly.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Radar
Daily Radar

The movie is bland and boring, relying on lame jokes and a nonsensical story to carry the day.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

I'm happy to report that Fat Albert captures a lot of its source's melancholy appeal

March 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Innocently directionless.

February 8, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Can Cosby seriously believe that this is an idea worthy of his most lasting creation?

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source:

Its messages are innocuous and may hold the attention of the littlest viewers, but older audience members may find themselves repulsed by their nostalgia.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

... reminiscent of The Brady Bunch movie, but there's no sense of satire or self-parody to the execution.

January 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This a fun popcorn movie with a PG rating you can feel safe taking the kids to see. And - hey it is fun for adults too.

January 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

...frivolous but flat family fare. So hey, hey, hey-it's flaccid Fat Albert!

January 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

...Albert's jolly `Hey! Hey! Hey!' sounds suspiciously like a carnival barker's call.

January 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

This movie rekindling of Bill Cosby's long-running Saturday morning cartoon rings of squandered potential.

January 5, 2005 Full Review

Bad in such a bizarre way, it almost becomes fascinating.

January 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

'Fat Albert' is a massive bore that moves from one predictable scenario to another.**

January 3, 2005 Full Review Source:

Sweet, low-key and funny and should entertain its audience. If it ever finds one.

January 2, 2005 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

At heart a good intentioned family film

January 2, 2005 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Fat Albert

How can I not?
April 9, 2013

Super Reviewer

Bill Cosby was the producer for this film, I believe, and it's definitely not his best or funniest work, but FAT ALBERT as a live-action adaptation is silly, cute, and it satisfied me well enough.
July 24, 2011

Super Reviewer

it stays faithful to the source material and the end result is a good, entertaining, and funny film.
June 9, 2011
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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    1. Fat Albert: I'm looking for Mr. Cosby. Are you his dad?
    2. Bill: *faints*
    – Submitted by Cameron D (2 years ago)
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