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Dumplin' Reviews

December 17, 2018
...there's so much willful, joyful uplift in the final scenes, it's hard not to buy into every aphorism re-upped from the classic Dolly playbook.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 17, 2018
This is a generous movie, and an unrepentant fantasy at that, so it's hard not to meet it with openheartedness.
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December 13, 2018
"Dumplin'" has been so carefully calculated, it's a wonder it plays as warmly and sincerely as it does.
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 13, 2018
Dumplin' isn't a story that uses a skinny, conventionally pretty protagonist to pick apart a realm that rewards women exactly like her. It's more imaginative than that, open to the idea that beauty itself is more expansive and subjective.
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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 7, 2018
It presents a world that's a little kinder, a little gentler, and a little more willing to see the good in people than the current standards these days.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 7, 2018
There's so much more to enjoy, from the nuanced work by Jennifer Aniston that ensures Rosie's never a caricature of a pageant mom; to the warm and natural best-buddy chemistry between Danielle MacDonald and Odeya Rush...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2018
"Dumplin' " is muddled uplift, but with some encouraging new wrinkles.
December 7, 2018
Dumplin has pretty much made its point about acceptance and tolerance, in the kind of polished feel-good movie that comes wrapped up in a very familiar coat, indeed.
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 7, 2018
Like Ms. Parton herself, this film relishes the sequins and show, but charms us with its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2018
Dumplin' clings timidly to its YA roots, which are firmly on the unsophisticated side of the spectrum.
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 4, 2018
On its surface, Dumplin' is a slight, charming comedy about beauty pageants and learning to be yourself, but watch closely enough and you might see some of the new moves it brings to an otherwise predictable routine.
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