Fat Albert Reviews

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Time Out
November 17, 2011
A lot like the comedian's best work: amusing, appropriate for kids, and far more spiritually nourishing and less insulting than typical Hollywood fare.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Cosby cartoon comes to life in tween-centered story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A bad movie, but I've seen much worse.
Cole Smithey
Daily Radar
April 16, 2009
Director Joel Zwick ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") helms this redundant and distinctively shabby movie that wasn't even filmed in Philly.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
I enjoyed Fat Albert - much to my surprise ...
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 20, 2008
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.
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The movie is bland and boring, relying on lame jokes and a nonsensical story to carry the day.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
The original cartoons are better.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
March 23, 2005
I'm happy to report that Fat Albert captures a lot of its source's melancholy appeal
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Head
IGN Movies
February 8, 2005
Innocently directionless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 15, 2005
Its messages are innocuous and may hold the attention of the littlest viewers, but older audience members may find themselves repulsed by their nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
January 15, 2005
Can Cosby seriously believe that this is an idea worthy of his most lasting creation?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Glen Bucher
ComingSoon.net
January 15, 2005
Overall, it is a fun and safe film for young audiences that will also entertain the parents who grew up watching the cartoon, but it probably will not win over any new adult fans.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 10, 2005
... reminiscent of The Brady Bunch movie, but there's no sense of satire or self-parody to the execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
January 9, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
January 8, 2005
...frivolous but flat family fare. So hey, hey, hey-it's flaccid Fat Albert!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
January 5, 2005
...Albert's jolly `Hey! Hey! Hey!' sounds suspiciously like a carnival barker's call.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 5, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 5, 2005
This movie rekindling of Bill Cosby's long-running Saturday morning cartoon rings of squandered potential.
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