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Lbs. Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 31, 2010
A low-budget movie that is well-written and well-acted by a cast of relative unknowns.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 30, 2010
An inspirational Marty-like pic that flattens out as it delivers its 'accept yourself' message about a compulsive over eater.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
May 7, 2010
Well-intentioned but terribly executed.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 7, 2010
Lbs. leaves you hungering for a few more insights and answers than it offers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
May 2, 2010
Lbs. tackles a common problem with uncommon dignity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 23, 2010
An astonishing transformation is a big part of the story in Lbs., but it is not the whole story.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 8, 2010
Those in search of a mirror for their own weight issues will find a deluxe one here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
April 7, 2010
With obesity now a pop-culture as well as a medical issue, Lbs. offers insight -- as well as laughs and heartstring tugging -- into the struggles of a food addict.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 5, 2010
Lbs. addresses its all-too-relevant topic with subtlety, sensitivity and welcome doses of humor.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 5, 2010
Truthfulness, along with the movie's emotional honesty and narrative polish, help tag this NY-grown indie as one to seek out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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New York Magazine/Vulture
April 5, 2010
A small, illuminating film.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
April 2, 2010
Lbs. look and feel has an unassuming confidence that's all the more remarkable for this being a first feature, when new filmmakers usually can't resist being flashy in an attempt to be memorable.
Mark Peikert
New York Press
March 31, 2010
When a movie is written and filmed as part of the writer-actor's effort to save his own life and slim down, the movie feels, to a certain extent, critic-proof.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 29, 2010
An inspirational drama that's somewhat unfocused and occasionally veers toward contrivance and oversimplification, but remains engaging thanks to Famiglietti's brave, warm and charismatic performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.21/10
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
March 26, 2010
On one side, the film deals with a subject not often touched and this alone gives it an urgency and a credibility...but formally the film earns no stripes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Hale
New York Times
March 26, 2010
Those concerned with obesity issues may find "Lbs." authentic and inspirational. Otherwise it's an earnest little low-budget indie without much to distinguish it.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 26, 2010
Lbs. makes for an alternately sad and funny companion piece to last year's (slightly funnier and darker) Big Fan, only with burritos instead of the New York Giants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Grant
Time Out
March 25, 2010
Kudos to Matthew Bonifacio for crafting an inspirational, humorous portrait of an individual grappling with an addiction that, unlike heroin or alcohol, has rarely been addressed in film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
March 24, 2010
Matthew Bonifacio's idiosyncratic portrait of one man's struggle to get control of his appetites.
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
March 22, 2010
If you were to write an utterly predictable tale of a druggie and then replace "slice of pizza" for every instance of "cocaine" in the script you would get Lbs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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