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Fat Albert Reviews

Top Critic
November 17, 2011
A lot like the comedian's best work: amusing, appropriate for kids, and far more spiritually nourishing and less insulting than typical Hollywood fare.
May 20, 2008
At the end of this weak comedy is a strange and touching scene in which Bill Cosby and his childhood pals from Philadelphia, now elderly men, gather at the grave of Albert Robertson, the real-life inspiration for Cosby's bighearted Fat Albert.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
The Cosby touch (he's co-writer and co-executive producer) is in full effect, schmaltz notwithstanding, as Albert and the gang run through their series of pleasantly diverting escapades.
January 5, 2005
The sermonizing on behalf of good clean fun and hard old effort (Cosby co-wrote the script) is as faded as Big Al's sweater after too many days on earth.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 3, 2005
Bad in such a bizarre way, it almost becomes fascinating.
December 27, 2004
Read More | Original Score: D+
December 27, 2004
Read More | Original Score: B-
December 27, 2004
The movie feels small and flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 27, 2004
Squeaky-clean but uninspired.
December 27, 2004
Every move toward promoting acceptance of differences comes with a conflicting idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2004
This movie is as lame as it is tame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2004
Fat Albert manages to talk down to two generations of pop-cult consumers - the Boomers and the Gen-Xers - while leaving no reason for their uncategorized offspring to join in on the Hey! Hey! Hey! chants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 24, 2004
It's unlikely anyone over the age of 12 will find much to cheer about in the bland, sanitized moralizing this revamp of the decades-old Saturday morning cartoon show delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2004
Not much of a movie, but maybe it'll shame TV Land into putting the gang back on the tube.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 24, 2004
With its chronic product placement, including a sledgehammer ad for the original series on DVD, Fat Albert seems to center on helping kids become better shoppers rather than better people.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 24, 2004
A 10-minute cartoon expanded into an especially long and deadly after-school special.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 24, 2004
Somewhere in its quest to be educational, Fat Albert forgot to be entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 24, 2004
There's much to enjoy in Fat Albert.
December 24, 2004
Although Fat Albert is smart enough to poke fun at itself director Joel Zwick can't quite conjure up any modern relevance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2004
The movie is sweet and gentle, but not very compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2004
A wildly sanitized product.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 23, 2004
A pretty cool movie.
December 23, 2004
Fat Albert is a series of tired schticks.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 23, 2004
Fat Albert plays things safe and bland, for the most part.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 23, 2004
The screen version of the animated television series Fat Albert opens with a glint of promise. From there, the movie, alas, just lies down and dies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 23, 2004
There are better, more artful movies in the theaters this bountiful holiday season, but few so generous-spirited and none that will leave you feeling so cheerful.
December 23, 2004
In the old days, Fat Albert faced real world problems ... issues that certainly still exist, except in today's Hollywood, where the worst thing that can happen to a child is not having a date for the afterschool rave.
December 23, 2004
It's sad to see a comic veteran like Cosby pimping out his own franchise for a quick buck. But perhaps a rich old guy can't live on Jell-O pudding ad residuals forever.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 23, 2004
Call me a sap. Call me a sucker. But Fat Albert couldn't help but make me smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2004
Pure of heart, devoid of toilet humor, it sticks close enough to Bill Cosby's cartoon series to pass muster.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 23, 2004
A tame, inoffensive little comedy that's never heinous enough to stink up the theater completely, even though it rarely rises above mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 23, 2004
The movie ambles along at a pleasant, undemanding pace, with good-natured humor.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 21, 2004
A clunky mix of animated hijinx, live-action farce and inspirational uplift, Fat Albert is flat-footed and ham-handed in its attempt to reconstitute a popular '70s TV cartoon show as a full-length, family-skewing feature.
December 21, 2004
The overall approach is to throw preordained movie sequences (rap number, shopping spree) together and hope for the best.
December 20, 2004
Squandering comic opportunities at every turn, the film is content to adhere to a mantra of 'when in doubt, dance' rather than finding any clever entertaining ways to punctuate the prolonged moralizing.