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A Matter of Size (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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An overweight, underemployed chef from Ramala discovers the fine art of sumo wrestling after landing a job as a dishwasher at a Japanese restaurant. Herzl (Itzik Cohen) still lives at home with his mother. Unable to find any job other than washing dishes, Herzl goes to work at a Japanese restaurant. There, he notices the employees gathered around the television watching sumo wrestling. Frustrated with his weight-loss group, Herzl sees sumo wrestling as a revelation; it's the one sport on the

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Sharon Maymon

Dec 6, 2011

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Those elements make it hard to slot the movie into the happy category of quirky charmer and yet, while intriguing, they are never significant enough for the film to take on a larger personality.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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An amusingly lightweight Israeli comedy about rebellious fatties who decide to use their heft for a greater purpose, A Matter of Size will have you ordering your popcorn with extra butter and refusing to feel guilty about it.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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While the story may take place in working-class Israel in the 21st century, rejection is universal. So are most attempts to come to terms with it. Still, there's more than a little novelty value in the choices its characters make.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Herzl's approach might not be great for one's cholesterol or blood pressure, but it brings up an intriguing idea, one that isn't talked about often...: Maybe it would be better to be fat and happy than thin and miserable.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Part sports drama, part love story, this sweetly absurd tale of forlorn blue-collar guys pursuing a difficult goal... recalls audience-pleasing fare such as The Full Monty.

March 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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We're meant to like these men, and we do, more or less, but they've been simplified for easy digestion.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The humour in A Matter of Size is somewhat puerile, but the film does cover important social issues in its own gentle way.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Directors Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor avoid the temptation to remake The Full Monty, focusing instead on how physical training forces the characters to confront their buried psychological issues.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

Israeli dramedy fights above its weight.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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In the likable, if paradoxically lightweight Israeli comedy "A Matter of Size," an Israeli salad bar chef rejects the notion he needs to lose weight and learns to love himself.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

A big charmer.

March 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

...it's gentle humor and band of underdogs will surely bring a smile. It's a unique cross-cultural comedy.

March 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

This big-bellied comedy proves once and for all the Jewish proverb "Worries go down better with soup.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: CultureCatch
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Audience Reviews for A Matter of Size

This is in fact more a drama about self-acceptance than the comedy it is being labeled as, and it is much more efficient in its decent first half than after, when we are left with a pile of clichés and artificial conflicts that really make this a pretty forgettable movie.
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