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.
The film itself is little more than a series of fat jokes.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Not only light on laughs but discomfitingly didactic in its disgust.
Makes the case for restricting the Farrellys to mere gross-out movies.
| Original Score: 1/5
An ill-conceived, slovenly executed and disingenuous comedy.
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.
All this sweet, inoffensive stuff is actually pretty boring.
It gets away with fat jokes at the same time it seems to be on the side of the angels and inner beauty.
| Original Score: 3/4
May be the best Farrellys movie yet, even though it doesn't live up to the pair's usual level of uproarious, crass comic genius.
As with Cameron Diaz in There's Something about Mary, Bobby and Peter Farrelly and their film are saved by an actress who's a very good sport.
Paltrow's intelligence has the effect of adding weight, as it were, to a thin visual joke.
I'm always skeptical of moral lessons from Hollywood -- especially lectures about the beauty of fat people from writer-directors whose last three films have starred ... stick-thin types.
Who among us doesn't need to be reminded now and then how dumb and hurtful it is to judge people based on how they look?
The Farrellys had a golden chance to be creatively, satirically, usefully offensive -- and they wimped out.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the best of the movie, and there isn't really that much good stuff to go around.
Often very funny, but it is also surprisingly moving at times.
It's big-hearted, and it's funny.
Created in the broadest strokes imaginable, Shallow Hal lacks even a vestige of subtlety and is rarely so much as amusing.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
There are enough moments of demented comedy to make you aspirate your popcorn, but by the end you may find yourself, with some amazement, sniffing back tears.
| Original Score: 4/5
Hypocritical and condescending in ways its makers seem completely oblivious to.
Uneven, but Paltrow's performance alone is worth the price of admission.
The only crudeness here is in the uninspired filmmaking and a washed-out look.
The oddest part of all this is that it's not very funny.
If, like the Farrellys, you want to challenge stereotypes about the plus-sized, then why not give the job to a plus-sized gal?
| Original Score: 2/4
A message movie of such surpassing stupidity that the message doesn't seem to have gotten through to the people who made it.
We're warmly encouraged to feel the hurt that Rosemary constantly lives with, made vivid by a notably touching, sensitive performance from sylphlike Paltrow.
| Original Score: B-
So intent on driving home its worthy if not mind-blowing message that it becomes surprisingly conventional.
The Farrelly brothers have done themselves proud with this movie. They've shown us their inner beauty.
| Original Score: B
Sentimentality swamps much of the comedy as Bobby and Peter Farrelly go for the heart rather than the solar plexus.
A sweet, somewhat dumb romantic comedy that's almost impossible to actively dislike.