• Lbs.
    2 minutes 13 seconds
    Added: Mar 16, 2010


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Lbs. Reviews

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Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

If you were to write an utterly predictable tale of a druggie and then replace "slice of pizza" for every instance of "cocaine" in the script you would get Lbs.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 22, 2010
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Well-intentioned but terribly executed.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

May 7, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Lbs. leaves you hungering for a few more insights and answers than it offers.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 7, 2010
Mike Hale
New York Times
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Those concerned with obesity issues may find "Lbs." authentic and inspirational. Otherwise it's an earnest little low-budget indie without much to distinguish it.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 26, 2010
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

An inspirational drama that's somewhat unfocused and occasionally veers toward contrivance and oversimplification, but remains engaging thanks to Famiglietti's brave, warm and charismatic performance.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 7.21/10

March 29, 2010
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

An astonishing transformation is a big part of the story in Lbs., but it is not the whole story.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 23, 2010
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Lbs. tackles a common problem with uncommon dignity.

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 3/4

May 2, 2010
Mark Peikert
New York Press

When a movie is written and filmed as part of the writer-actor's effort to save his own life and slim down, the movie feels, to a certain extent, critic-proof.

Full Review Source: New York Press

March 31, 2010
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Truthfulness, along with the movie's emotional honesty and narrative polish, help tag this NY-grown indie as one to seek out.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

April 5, 2010
Andrew Grant
Time Out New York
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Kudos to Matthew Bonifacio for crafting an inspirational, humorous portrait of an individual grappling with an addiction that, unlike heroin or alcohol, has rarely been addressed in film.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

March 25, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Lbs. makes for an alternately sad and funny companion piece to last year's (slightly funnier and darker) Big Fan, only with burritos instead of the New York Giants.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 26, 2010
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Matthew Bonifacio's idiosyncratic portrait of one man's struggle to get control of his appetites.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 24, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An inspirational Marty-like pic that flattens out as it delivers its 'accept yourself' message about a compulsive over eater.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

November 30, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Those in search of a mirror for their own weight issues will find a deluxe one here.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 8, 2010
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

On one side, the film deals with a subject not often touched and this alone gives it an urgency and a credibility...but formally the film earns no stripes.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

March 26, 2010
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A low-budget movie that is well-written and well-acted by a cast of relative unknowns.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

December 31, 2010
David Rooney
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The intimately personal chronicle is more impressive for Famiglietti's disarming self-exposure than for any fully formed cinematic style or consistency of tone, but the modest production has a genuine, warm spirit.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 2, 2008
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Lbs. look and feel has an unassuming confidence that's all the more remarkable for this being a first feature, when new filmmakers usually can't resist being flashy in an attempt to be memorable.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 2, 2010
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Lbs. addresses its all-too-relevant topic with subtlety, sensitivity and welcome doses of humor.

April 5, 2010
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix

With obesity now a pop-culture as well as a medical issue, Lbs. offers insight -- as well as laughs and heartstring tugging -- into the struggles of a food addict.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

April 7, 2010
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