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Shallow Hal (2001)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 120
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 59

While surprisingly sweeter and warm-hearted than previous Farrelly outings, Shallow Hal is also less funny and more bland.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 17

While surprisingly sweeter and warm-hearted than previous Farrelly outings, Shallow Hal is also less funny and more bland.



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Jack Black continues his march to stardom with this typical Farrelly brothers blend of broad comedy and a heartfelt message. Black is Hal Larsen, a shallow man rapidly approaching middle age whose superficiality can be attributed to his father's deathbed admonition to only date young, beautiful women. Hal and his best friend, Mauricio (Jason Alexander), have taken the advice to heart, but Hal finds all of his physically impressive girlfriends consistently lacking in other qualities that would




Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Sean Moynihan

Jul 2, 2002


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All Critics (142) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (59) | DVD (29)

We've seen so many crummy comedies that try to be There's Something About Mary or something like this. And the Farrelly brothers come to the rescue and show us how it's done.

November 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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The film itself is little more than a series of fat jokes.

November 24, 2001
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Not only light on laughs but discomfitingly didactic in its disgust.

November 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Makes the case for restricting the Farrellys to mere gross-out movies.

November 9, 2001
Washington Post
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An ill-conceived, slovenly executed and disingenuous comedy.

November 9, 2001
Washington Post
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The movie's valuable message that we must look beyond physical appearances to find the heart within ... is drowned out by the din of loathsome idiots mocking physical appearances.

November 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Romantic comedy is pretty tame for Farrelly Bros.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The Farrellys take an artistic step backward with this soft, disappointingly sentimental comedy about the true nature of beauty; they seem to have forgotten their roots in the outrageous and gross-out.

January 13, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

[An] insulting new comedy from Bobby and Peter Farrelly.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
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There's just about enough charm and laughs here to keep Farrelly fans happy. Even the fat ones.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

In delivering their message, the Farrelly Brothers seem to have compromised their nothing-is-sacred comedy spirit, but at least their hearts are in the right place.

January 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

When the final act descends into preachiness, it's nearly earned the indulgence.

October 14, 2002 Full Review

Shallow Hal is the most endearing portrait of outcasts since last year's Ghost World.

July 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

No comedy classic, but the Farrelly Brothers are on the right track here by bringing heart into their filmmaking. 'Shallow Hal's' deep message surprised me.

June 29, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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although the ad campaign makes it appear the movie is an outrageous attack on the obese, in truth "Hal" saves its sharpest jabs for the small-minded and mean-spirited.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

It has moments of sweetness, and moments of hilarious comedy; but when it comes down to it, the tendency to use gross-out tactics makes it hardly worth sitting through.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

While saying that appearances don't matter, the Farrellys prove that appearances are everything.

May 29, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Amor Ciego pretende ser moralista, lo que choca con los Farrelly, para quienes significa un retroceso en su carrera, que de por si no tiene nada de extraordinaria.

April 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Moviola

Don't expect me to say this too often, but I hope the Farrellys maintain their immaturity, if only because they do it so well.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
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si lo que buscan son guarradas gratuitas y humor corporal, quizá salgan contrariados, o hasta algo confundidos con el tono moral y la idea central que expresa la película.

February 14, 2002

Disguised as a gross-out comedy simply in order to get made, it's a heartfelt portrait of living in our own skin.

February 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

This time they've added some heart and insight and cut back on the gross-out humor.

February 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Hilarious in parts, sickeningly sentimental in others, Shallow Hal has the Farrellys trying to expand their range, with only mildly successful results.

January 21, 2002 Full Review Source:

The Farrelly Brothers retreat to a gentler mode--and, in the process, a far less funny one.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source:

A comedy that is as lame in its storytelling as it is in its physical execution.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

tackles the beauty mythos with both humor and sensitivity that may surprise those who think only of body-fluid jokes when they think of the Farrellys

November 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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Audience Reviews for Shallow Hal

This is one of those movies that I always watch if I happen to flip to it half an hour in on TBS or FX. Yes, there are plenty of fat jokes, but Gwyneth is the most down-to-earth I've ever seen her, and Jack Black gets some great dawning moments as well, like with Cadence in the burn ward.
August 21, 2013

Super Reviewer

A message comedy? Perhaps. The Farrelly Brothers seem to be answering their critics who often see them as sophomoric (if that) with this bon bon (forgive me) that reminds that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The comedy: one fat joke after another. The message: like most messages, boring as hell (who do you think you are, tryin' ta larn me!). The final analysis: viewers choice.
November 30, 2012

Super Reviewer

Quite a generic Hollywood chic flick.
October 23, 2011

Super Reviewer

I simply don't care enough to lay out a full review, so I'll just say that this film was decently funny despite a few lazy performances. The writing was horrible, the story was horrible, yet I still enjoyed it quite a bit.
August 8, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Hal Larsen: So what are you in... the army?
    2. Rosemary Shanahan: Peace corps.
    3. Hal Larsen: Peace corps.. wow.. that's very... ultradocious of you.
    4. Rosemary Shanahan: Ultradocious? That's not a word.. ahh you mean humanidocious.. right?
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