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Dumplin' Reviews

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December 12, 2018
Macdonald isn't the problem, this movie is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 5, 2018
As it proceeds through a series of teary reconciliations in the last half-hour of its 110-minute run time, the film's didactic drama begins to grate, its treacly emotions feeling increasingly unearned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2018
It is boringly conventional, giving the sensation of having seen it all before, only this time with more glitter and higher hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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December 7, 2018
A movie so lifeless you'd have more fun guessing the Netflix niche group that the production is supposed to satisfy.
December 5, 2018
Kristin Hahn's script gives Will sassy lines and too many tears, but the filmmakers never give this character a real, searching, complex inner life.
December 12, 2018
Fletcher pours on the empowerment message honey-thick, leaving "Dumplin'" only diverting in small doses, with most performances trying to create some sense of organic material in a sea of plastic sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 3, 2018
Maybe we're just going have to endure well-meaning but preachy-tiresome movies like "Dumplin'" until it simply becomes normal for an obese person to appear on screen without being defined entirely in terms of weight.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 7, 2018
Director Anne Fletcher aims for the tear ducts, directing for maximum anguish, righteousness and/or schmaltz, and much of the Dumplin message arrives with postage due.
December 6, 2018
Dumplin' clings timidly to its YA roots, which are firmly on the unsophisticated side of the spectrum.
January 17, 2019
It's a rare moment that I can say a movie is better than the book from which its story sprung.
December 17, 2018
It's a lesson worth learning, and Dumplin' is a film well worth your time. Just make sure you have tissues.
December 7, 2018
It's fun, warms your heart and leaves you with a smile on your face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 2, 2019
A delightful coming-of-age story that's as sassy and willful as the Dolly Parton tunes imbued within it.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
December 9, 2018
If Netflix can continue with movies that are as GOOD and solid as Dumplin', then they'll be just fine going forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
December 13, 2018
The movie also benefits from Dolly's participation in a big way. Her music, including a very good original song 'Girl in the Movies,' helps sell the overall vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2018
In my eyes, [Dickson] represents a positivity I haven't ever seen on a screen - one that doesn't seek to change her body to fit in, but to change the world to find space and celebration for her fat frame.
December 27, 2018
Reveling in the warm, sunshiny and unmistakeable boughs of Texas, Dumplin' is effectively a cuddle in a movie, whose core messages about beauty, weight and 'fitting in' - oh-so thankfully - never come off as trite.
December 20, 2018
Dumplin' does what it sets out to do, with little thematic flourish but a lot of sequins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 17, 2018
While imperfect, Dumplin' asks not only its characters, but its audience to find loving common ground by admitting a simple truth.
December 10, 2018
There's a sweetness to the film that may dip into saccharine territory for some viewers, but I didn't mind the comforting formula of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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