Fat Girl Reviews

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David Stratton
Variety
July 31, 2008
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Chicago Reader
April 11, 2008
[Features a] shocking, ambiguous ending.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 24, 2003
Bold but unrelenting in its depiction of both physical and emotional aggression, Fat Girl will be bracing for those open to its challenges and brutal for those who aren't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
February 24, 2003
A strange, discomfiting and fascinating film about the horrors of adolescence.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 24, 2003
It's compelling, honest, poignant, somewhat sad and, at the end, very disturbing -- in short, quite a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 10, 2002
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 31, 2002
This is not one of [Breillat's] better efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 14, 2002
Anais is not an object of pity or fun. She simply is. And after seeing Fat Girl, we understand her why and how.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 24, 2002
The characters come across with an unnerving sense of psychological realism and act as a flesh-and-blood foil to the allegorical story.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
A lovely minor achievement.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 11, 2002
Right up to its jarring final sequence, Fat Girl takes that cafe scene as the basis for a tragicomedy that plays out in delicately telling terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 3, 2001
[W]hen I saw this movie I was kind of mad at the way things had this arbitrary development ... That's what happens in real life. Things happen at random like that and I thought a lot about this movie after I saw it -- days afterwards, a week afterwards.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
November 30, 2001
Exposes the less sexy things that lust can awaken, like viciousness, deceit and amoral longing.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
November 30, 2001
Fat Girl is uncompromising and unforgiving, but ultimately more self-destructive than any of its characters.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 27, 2001
Represents one of the most honest and unvarnished looks at the harsh side of being a teenager since Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
November 26, 2001
Get over the numb shock that accompanies the end credits, give yourself some distance from it and you may actually appreciate the complex machinations behind Breillat's brave, troubled work.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 26, 2001
Examines the world of budding female sexuality with a psychological precision that cuts to the core.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 24, 2001
Few movies have so effectively conveyed the alienation of adolescence, and the way children can be driven almost mad by their separation from life and love.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 24, 2001
There is a jolting surprise in discovering that this film has free will, and can end as it wants, and that its director can make her point, however brutally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 16, 2001
Whether in anger or in awe, or some combination thereof, it will knock you for a loop.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2001
For French filmmaker Catherine Breillat, relations between men and women are as dangerous as a minefield, and she observes them with a rigorous detachment tempered by a reticent compassion and flashes of spiky humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 18, 2001
An absolute stunner.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
October 15, 2001
Disturbing and disjointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 11, 2001
The movie is hard and implacable, but worth seeing.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 11, 2001
It's a good thing we've got a year until summertime lures us to the dangers of the idyllic again.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 10, 2001
Reboux's extraordinary performance conveys Ana´s's mixture of precocious insight, animal canniness and vulnerability so powerfully that it ranks among the richest screen portrayals of a child ever filmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
October 10, 2001
So daring and unsparing in its depiction of the psyche and experience of adolescent girls that it's hard to imagine an audience that wouldn't find it deeply provocative despite a slow pace.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 9, 2001
A lean, mean movie, and not a pretty one, but it leaves no question as to Breillat's angular originality as a filmmaker.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 9, 2001
As fascinating as it is discomfiting and as intelligent as it is primal.