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Fat Girl Reviews

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 28, 2002
Between the scenes of teen-porn that are the film's main purpose ... Breillat indulges the penchant she showed in Romance for pretentious, idiotic dialogue.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 30, 2001
Time to let your breath out. The worst movie of 2001 is here.
Jeremiah Kipp
Filmcritic.com
September 28, 2001
Fit for a ghoul's night out.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 13, 2001
Draws out the tensions and the competitiveness between the two adolescent sisters but steps over the line with a shocking and gratuitously violent finale.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
November 29, 2001
It's time for writer-director Catherine Breillat to spring for a therapist and stop inflicting her rape fantasies and sexual self-esteem issues on the movie-going public.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 12, 2001
[The]from-left-field conclusion left me feeling cheated by the writer who seems bent on shocking the audience, not "finishing" the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
January 4, 2002
Unable to evoke empathy or forestall snickers, particularly once you've seen it all the way through and reflect on the whole.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Don't encourage Breillat by watching her self-indulgent, utterly unenjoyable and shallow little exposť.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/100
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
December 14, 2001
The movie feels the need to contain an unbelievable big surprise whose only obvious purpose is to give viewers something to talk about afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
George Wu
culturevulture.net
October 8, 2001
Ultimately, the events in Fat Girl feel more like they are chosen to justify a skewed feminist polemic rather than developing from an organic story.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
October 15, 2001
Disturbing and disjointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 26, 2001
Bullies us into feeling shock and horror by utilizing a perverse touch that ultimately exploits instead of explaining.
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
November 29, 2001
You are left with a sense of wonder at Breillat's need to punish and inflict pain on both her characters and her audience.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
November 30, 2001
Fat Girl is uncompromising and unforgiving, but ultimately more self-destructive than any of its characters.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
December 7, 2001
While I was able to appreciate what Breillat was trying to say regarding sisterhood, adolescence, and sexuality, FAT GIRL was a pain in the butt to sit through.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Tilley
Jam! Movies
December 14, 2001
In the end the film leaves audiences feeling almost as exploited as Elena herself.
Arthur Salm
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 14, 2001
Drenched in nasty cynicism far beyond reason.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 17, 2002
In spite of the fact that it's almost impossible to take your eyes from 'Fat Girl,' the film ultimately proves disturbingly obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 31, 2002
This is not one of [Breillat's] better efforts.
| Original Score: C+
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David Stratton
Variety
July 31, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Andrew Rodgers
Zap2it.com
February 25, 2004
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
September 17, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
November 29, 2001
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
December 15, 2003

Guardian
December 9, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 30, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 10, 2002
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