• 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
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
Brian Orndorf

First time writer/director Nnegest Likke has her heart in the right place, but the intensity of her inexperience blinds every scene.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: C-

April 6, 2006
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 1/5

May 12, 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
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The cast is likeable, although they deserve a better movie, and at a lean 99 minutes, at least the plot hasn't been padded. But there's only so far you can go with fat jokes, as plus-sized comic Mo'Nique is discovering.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 7, 2006
Brent Simon

Less a call to (flabby) arms than a simple turning of the tables on romantic comedy convention, proof that large women can have wishes cinematically fulfilled too.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

April 8, 2006
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

If first-time director Nnegest Likké would have cut down the ending in the editing room, the film may have retained some love from me.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

April 7, 2006
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

I am allowed to say this, because I've been on both sides of the [fat-girl] fence: Phat Girlz, shut the f**k up.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

April 9, 2006

The film starts with the kind of material you would find in Mo'Nique's stand-up routines, but settles down into more of a story and actually has something to say.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 7, 2006
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

First my dreams and now real life, why do you haunt me so, Eric Roberts?

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 9, 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
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine

God bless her soul, Mo'Nique even stays believable as the story requires her to finally fall apart and hit a new self-hating low.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

April 10, 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
Timothy Knight

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

| Original Score: 0.5/4

April 10, 2006
Anne Gilbert

Just a protracted fat joke.

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

April 10, 2006
Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
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It's a chick flick with good intentions about self-image and body size, yet it leaves an icky aftertaste.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 7, 2006
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
Dustin Putman

Chooses contrivances over naturalism and sickeningly saccharine sermonizing over lighthearted moralizing.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 6, 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
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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April 8, 2006
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
May 6, 2006

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April 8, 2006

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April 8, 2006

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