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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Well-intentioned but terribly executed.
Lbs. leaves you hungering for a few more insights and answers than it offers.
| Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
| Original Score: 7.21/10
An astonishing transformation is a big part of the story in Lbs., but it is not the whole story.
| Original Score: 3/4
Lbs. tackles a common problem with uncommon dignity.
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.
Truthfulness, along with the movie's emotional honesty and narrative polish, help tag this NY-grown indie as one to seek out.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Matthew Bonifacio's idiosyncratic portrait of one man's struggle to get control of his appetites.
An inspirational Marty-like pic that flattens out as it delivers its 'accept yourself' message about a compulsive over eater.
| Original Score: B-
Those in search of a mirror for their own weight issues will find a deluxe one here.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
A low-budget movie that is well-written and well-acted by a cast of relative unknowns.
| Original Score: B
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.
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.
Lbs. addresses its all-too-relevant topic with subtlety, sensitivity and welcome doses of humor.
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.