Fat City Reviews

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January 3, 2020
The fight sequences are the best I've seen. But it is the acting, the feeling for character, which makes this film so extraordinarily different.
July 23, 2019
In addition to the splendid cinematography, along with the songs that animate the soundtrack, the acting is outstanding. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 28, 2018
Huston rolled up his sleeves, grabbed a camera, and dived head-first into Gardner's unapologetic pessimism...what resulted was one of the finest films of his career.
January 10, 2018
A knockout scene by that grand old battler, John Huston.
November 17, 2015
The movie's bleak, but it's funnier than most comedies, and it suggests that life's toughness doesn't preclude joyfulness.
October 3, 2015
With Leonard Gardner adapting his own book and John Huston sitting in the director's chair, Fat City adheres closer to real life than reel life, painting a portrait of a downtrodden existence not only among the have-nots but among the never-will-haves.
June 17, 2013
So you say to yourself, this Fat City is pretty damn realistic, even if you know in your heart that "realistic" and Hollywood should not be printed on the same page-otherwise paper ignites. Still, you're marveling at it.
November 17, 2011
January 29, 2010
A terse, sharp, downbeat but compassionate look at the underside of smalltown American life in the west.
January 29, 2010
Both an extraordinarily realistic look at the bottom rungs of the fight game and a moving exploration of the human condition.
September 15, 2009
The movie is crafty work and very much a show. In one way or another, right down to the percussively abrupt open ending, it's all about being hammered.
August 30, 2009
Fat City is most notable for terrific performances all around, especially those of Stacy Keach, Susan Tyrell, and a baby-faced Jeff Bridges.
August 4, 2009
Grim and downbeat, John Huston's superlative drama about a bunch of losers in Stockton California is splendidly acted by Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, and particularly Susan Tyrrell in a well-deserved Oscar nominated turn.
January 26, 2006
Marvellous, grimly downbeat study of desperate lives and the escape routes people construct for themselves, stunningly shot by Conrad Hall.
October 21, 2005
October 7, 2005
February 2, 2005
The downbeat sports drama is a marvelous understated character study of the marginalized leading desperate lives.
October 23, 2004
The movie's edges are filled with small, perfect character performances.
October 19, 2004
Huston really gets the flavor of Stockton, CA, and with its run-down drinking establishments, sleazy gyms, and bad coffee joints.
October 10, 2003
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