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Phat Girlz Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Although Phat Girlz...looks to have been made on a shoestring, with muddy, unflattering lighting (by two cinematographers), there is nonetheless something to be commended here.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 13, 2006
even though this movie is a bit of a mess, it turns out to be unexpectedly sweet and funny. Its very amateurishness gives it freshness and authenticity.
| Original Score: B
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 12, 2006
Uneven but lovable, "Phat Girlz" comes strutting on to the screen. As well it should.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
April 10, 2006
I'm recommending it, barely, because I think it speaks pretty well to a certain audience and does so from the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 10, 2006
As the title hints, Phat Girlz is a plus-sized Cinderella.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
April 10, 2006
Beneath the movie's broad humor and meanspirited put-downs lies an uplifting story about learning to like yourself for who you are, not what you look like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 10, 2006
This is a disarming and, in its own way, delightful vehicle for its star and executive producer, the comedian and actress Mo'Nique. Who could hate this movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
April 8, 2006
Likké should be applauded for tackling a subject that's bristling with socio-political thorns and raises some provocative questions, particularly about what we find attractive in other people and why.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 7, 2006
There's a lot to laugh at and cheer for in this rousing comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Willie Waffle
April 6, 2006
outrageous, wish fulfilling fun
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Campbell
September 17, 2007
It does suffer ... from actually having way too much heart and not enough soul, its identity lost far beneath its ambitions for affirmation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 11, 2006
Almost stunning in its determination to be the ultimate wish-fulfillment fantasy vehicle for plus-sized African-American women...
| Original Score: 2/4
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
May 28, 2006
Skinny on plot, story, directing and some of the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 6, 2006
| Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 6, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
April 29, 2006
looks cheap and falls apart after the first act.
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
April 13, 2006
[Mo'Nique's] sassy forte may be talking so straight-up she sounds crazy, but she seems a little advanced to be doing 'yo mama' jokes.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 13, 2006
While it's a pleasure to watch the likeable Kendra Johnson open up and come out of her shell, Phat Girlz belongs to Mo'Nique, a grating, belligerent woman who alternates self-deprecating fat jokes with drama-queen meltdowns and simpering pleas for
| Original Score: C-
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
April 12, 2006
Jazmin's so fat that the movie reduces her to a single discernible characteristic, which is a telltale mark of many a wholly awful comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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