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Fat Albert Reviews


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November 17, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 20, 2008

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

January 5, 2005
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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Bad in such a bizarre way, it almost becomes fascinating.

Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

January 3, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: D+

December 27, 2004
David Germain
Associated Press
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Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: B-

December 27, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 27, 2004
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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The movie feels small and flat.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 27, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Squeaky-clean but uninspired.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 27, 2004
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Every move toward promoting acceptance of differences comes with a conflicting idea.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 27, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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This movie is as lame as it is tame.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Fat Albert manages to talk down to two generations of pop-cult consumers - the Boomers and the Gen-Xers - while leaving no reason for their uncategorized offspring to join in on the Hey! Hey! Hey! chants.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

December 24, 2004
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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It's unlikely anyone over the age of 12 will find much to cheer about in the bland, sanitized moralizing this revamp of the decades-old Saturday morning cartoon show delivers.

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

December 24, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Not much of a movie, but maybe it'll shame TV Land into putting the gang back on the tube.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

December 24, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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With its chronic product placement, including a sledgehammer ad for the original series on DVD, Fat Albert seems to center on helping kids become better shoppers rather than better people.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 24, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A 10-minute cartoon expanded into an especially long and deadly after-school special.

| Original Score: 1/4

December 24, 2004
Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
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Somewhere in its quest to be educational, Fat Albert forgot to be entertaining.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

December 24, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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There's much to enjoy in Fat Albert.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

December 24, 2004
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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Although Fat Albert is smart enough to poke fun at itself director Joel Zwick can't quite conjure up any modern relevance.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie is sweet and gentle, but not very compelling.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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A wildly sanitized product.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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A pretty cool movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 23, 2004
Karen Heller
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Fat Albert is a series of tired schticks.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

December 23, 2004
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Fat Albert plays things safe and bland, for the most part.

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

December 23, 2004
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The screen version of the animated television series Fat Albert opens with a glint of promise. From there, the movie, alas, just lies down and dies.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

December 23, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There are better, more artful movies in the theaters this bountiful holiday season, but few so generous-spirited and none that will leave you feeling so cheerful.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

December 23, 2004
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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In the old days, Fat Albert faced real world problems ... issues that certainly still exist, except in today's Hollywood, where the worst thing that can happen to a child is not having a date for the afterschool rave.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 23, 2004
Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
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It's sad to see a comic veteran like Cosby pimping out his own franchise for a quick buck. But perhaps a rich old guy can't live on Jell-O pudding ad residuals forever.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

December 23, 2004
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Call me a sap. Call me a sucker. But Fat Albert couldn't help but make me smile.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 23, 2004
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Pure of heart, devoid of toilet humor, it sticks close enough to Bill Cosby's cartoon series to pass muster.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

December 23, 2004
Phil Kloer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A tame, inoffensive little comedy that's never heinous enough to stink up the theater completely, even though it rarely rises above mediocrity.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C-

December 23, 2004
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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The movie ambles along at a pleasant, undemanding pace, with good-natured humor.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 23, 2004
Joe Leydon
Variety
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A clunky mix of animated hijinx, live-action farce and inspirational uplift, Fat Albert is flat-footed and ham-handed in its attempt to reconstitute a popular '70s TV cartoon show as a full-length, family-skewing feature.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 21, 2004
Ed Park
Village Voice
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The overall approach is to throw preordained movie sequences (rap number, shopping spree) together and hope for the best.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 21, 2004
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Squandering comic opportunities at every turn, the film is content to adhere to a mantra of 'when in doubt, dance' rather than finding any clever entertaining ways to punctuate the prolonged moralizing.

December 20, 2004
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