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Fat City Reviews

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Thomson
The New Republic
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.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
January 29, 2010
A terse, sharp, downbeat but compassionate look at the underside of smalltown American life in the west.

TV Guide
January 29, 2010
Both an extraordinarily realistic look at the bottom rungs of the fight game and a moving exploration of the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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.
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 61/00
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tom Milne
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Marvellous, grimly downbeat study of desperate lives and the escape routes people construct for themselves, stunningly shot by Conrad Hall.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 2, 2005
The downbeat sports drama is a marvelous understated character study of the marginalized leading desperate lives.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The movie's edges are filled with small, perfect character performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 19, 2004
Huston really gets the flavor of Stockton, CA, and with its run-down drinking establishments, sleazy gyms, and bad coffee joints.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 10, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
There's very little let-up in the gloom and it's best simply to concentrate on the excellent acting, with Tyrrell's Oscar-nominated turn outstanding.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Gardner's screenplay, of course, is something quite special, full of the kind of dialogue that movies usually can't afford, that defines time, place, mood, and character while seemingly going nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
December 23, 2002
An insightful, humanist masterwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
John Huston's 1972 restatement of his theme of perpetual loss is intelligently understated.
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