Shallow Hal 2001

Shallow Hal

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While surprisingly sweeter and warm-hearted than previous Farrelly outings, Shallow Hal is also less funny and more bland.

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The story revolves around Hal (Jack Black) who, taking his dying father's advice, dates only the embodiments of female physical perfection. But that all changes after Hal has an unexpected run-in with self-help guru Tony Robbins. Intrigued by Hal's shallowness, Robbins hypnotizes him into seeing the beauty that exists even in the least physically appealing women.

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Critic Reviews for Shallow Hal

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (64) | Rotten (66)

  • A movie that meanders from one sight gag to the next, many of which you've already seen in the commercials.

    June 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • With the relatively untested Black coming on awfully strong, the lack of directorial finesse lets the enterprise down, creating some clunky scenes and dead air where laughs might have been expected.

    October 18, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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  • The film is not as funny as their best, but fascinates in the discomforting way it foregrounds the brothers' normally buried, facile moral dialectic.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • The Farrelly brothers are fresh out of ideas with this dull effort, a kind of Farrelly Lite. They have replaced intentional bad taste with the unintentional sort.

    February 3, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Hilarious in parts, sickeningly sentimental in others, Shallow Hal has the Farrellys trying to expand their range, with only mildly successful results.

    January 21, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
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  • We've seen so many crummy comedies that try to be There's Something About Mary or something like this. And the Farrelly brothers come to the rescue and show us how it's done.

    November 27, 2001

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  • Aug 21, 2013
    This is one of those movies that I always watch if I happen to flip to it half an hour in on TBS or FX. Yes, there are plenty of fat jokes, but Gwyneth is the most down-to-earth I've ever seen her, and Jack Black gets some great dawning moments as well, like with Cadence in the burn ward.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2012
    Not a fan of Jack Black but I did enjoy it and laughed a few times, More silly than funny.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2011
    Quite a generic Hollywood chic flick.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2011
    funny but the film should have been so much more. the moving is more warm hearted then expected, especially with the finale. if you can stand black in the lead you'll enjoy this
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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