• PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Nnegest Likké
    In Theaters:
    Apr 7, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 22, 2006
  • Fox Searchlight


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Phat Girlz Reviews

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Christopher Campbell

It does suffer ... from actually having way too much heart and not enough soul, its identity lost far beneath its ambitions for affirmation.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 2/5

September 17, 2007
David Noh
Film Journal International

Although Phat Girlz...looks to have been made on a shoestring, with muddy, unflattering lighting (by two cinematographers), there is nonetheless something to be commended here.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Almost stunning in its determination to be the ultimate wish-fulfillment fantasy vehicle for plus-sized African-American women...

| Original Score: 2/4

August 11, 2006
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

Skinny on plot, story, directing and some of the acting.

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Original Score: 1/5

May 28, 2006
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

looks cheap and falls apart after the first act.

Full Review Source: New Times

April 29, 2006
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

even though this movie is a bit of a mess, it turns out to be unexpectedly sweet and funny. Its very amateurishness gives it freshness and authenticity.

| Original Score: B

April 13, 2006
Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
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[Mo'Nique's] sassy forte may be talking so straight-up she sounds crazy, but she seems a little advanced to be doing 'yo mama' jokes.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 13, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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While it's a pleasure to watch the likeable Kendra Johnson open up and come out of her shell, Phat Girlz belongs to Mo'Nique, a grating, belligerent woman who alternates self-deprecating fat jokes with drama-queen meltdowns and simpering pleas for

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

April 13, 2006
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Uneven but lovable, "Phat Girlz" comes strutting on to the screen. As well it should.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2006
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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Jazmin's so fat that the movie reduces her to a single discernible characteristic, which is a telltale mark of many a wholly awful comedy.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

April 12, 2006
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Outrageous comedy? damn right!!! I'm outraged that there's no comedy here AT ALL!!!!

| Original Score: 0/5

April 11, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The first word of the movie's title stands for Pretty Hot and Thick. The second word is never spelled out, but it could mean Good Intentions Ruined by Lousy Zingers.

April 11, 2006
Eric D. Snider

I'm recommending it, barely, because I think it speaks pretty well to a certain audience and does so from the heart.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B-

April 10, 2006
Anne Gilbert

Just a protracted fat joke.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

April 10, 2006
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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Barely written and stiffly directed by Nnegest Likké, Phat Girlz is an undernourished comedy about a sassy, overweight heroine.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

April 10, 2006
Joe Leydon
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A thin comedy about a size-plus heroine.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 10, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

As the title hints, Phat Girlz is a plus-sized Cinderella.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 10, 2006
Timothy Knight

A slapdash female empowerment comedy that's crudely executed on every level.

| Original Score: 0.5/4

April 10, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The film is amateurishly directed and sluggishly paced with an anorexic plot. Even the photography, sound and costumes are substandard.

| Original Score: 1/4

April 10, 2006
Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
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Beneath the movie's broad humor and meanspirited put-downs lies an uplifting story about learning to like yourself for who you are, not what you look like.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 10, 2006
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