Brittany Runs a Marathon Reviews

August 22, 2019
What starts out feeling inspirational threatens, at some points, to tip into disheartening conformity.
August 22, 2019
Bell... knows her way around a wisecrack. She also plays Brittany's transformation subtly and intelligently, without courting our pity or even our approval.
August 22, 2019
Bell imbues Brittany with humanity and wit, but all too frequently she is working within the framework of a story that seems hellbent on robbing her character of joy.
August 21, 2019
Jillian Bell is a comic force of nature with real dramatic chops in this hilarious and heartfelt tale of a twentysomething whose body mass is heading into the obese zone unless she proves her worth to herself and not just by running the NYC marathon.
August 21, 2019
"Brittany" is a comedy so relatable for young New Yorkers, you might need to take a walk after watching it.
August 21, 2019
Brittany Runs A Marathon winds up feeling like a story told by an outsider who's empathetic toward, but not fully immersed in, a specific lived experience.
Top Critic
August 21, 2019
The title more or less gives away the entire plot, which just goes to show that unpredictability can be overrated. Even a formulaic crowd-pleaser can be hard to resist if the formula is this well executed.
February 12, 2019
Colaizzo successfully walks a fine line between inspiration and caution, never presenting Brittany as a patronizing role model for weight loss, nor a clichéd case of inner beauty.
February 5, 2019
Aside from its cast, the winningest aspect of Colaizzo's script is Brittany's emotional arc, which avoids the expected path.
January 31, 2019
A whip-smart comedy that manages to deliver genuinely funny uplift without ever swerving away from its own dark side.
January 30, 2019
The greatest trick of Colaizzo's winning comedy: it doesn't need that cheese factor to inspire plenty of tears and cheers.
January 29, 2019
Humor ends up being replaced by a cloying earnestness as the finish line comes into view. Do the self-deprecating remarks really need to vanish along with the weight? It's hard to imagine why.
January 29, 2019
This terrifically engaging debut feature by playwright Paul Downs Colaizzano is the best kind of "crowdpleaser": one that earns every emotional beat that might seem formulaic in four out of five similar enterprises.