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Shallow Hal Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Romantic comedy is pretty tame for Farrelly Bros.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
October 18, 2008
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.
Emanuel Levy
January 13, 2007
The Farrellys take an artistic step backward with this soft, disappointingly sentimental comedy about the true nature of beauty; they seem to have forgotten their roots in the outrageous and gross-out.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The film is not as funny as their best, but fascinates in the discomforting way it foregrounds the brothers' normally buried, facile moral dialectic.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
[An] insulting new comedy from Bobby and Peter Farrelly.
Tom Grealis
RTÉ (Ireland)
February 13, 2003
There's just about enough charm and laughs here to keep Farrelly fans happy. Even the fat ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 12, 2003
In delivering their message, the Farrelly Brothers seem to have compromised their nothing-is-sacred comedy spirit, but at least their hearts are in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
October 14, 2002
When the final act descends into preachiness, it's nearly earned the indulgence.
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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
The key to enjoying Shallow Hal is to discard as many expectations as you can about a Farelly Brothers film.
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
July 3, 2002
Shallow Hal is the most endearing portrait of outcasts since last year's Ghost World.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 29, 2002
No comedy classic, but the Farrelly Brothers are on the right track here by bringing heart into their filmmaking. 'Shallow Hal's' deep message surprised me.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 20, 2002
In the end it might be a little too nice for its own good, but by then we've fallen for these people hook, line and sinker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 10, 2002
although the ad campaign makes it appear the movie is an outrageous attack on the obese, in truth "Hal" saves its sharpest jabs for the small-minded and mean-spirited.
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
May 30, 2002
It has moments of sweetness, and moments of hilarious comedy; but when it comes down to it, the tendency to use gross-out tactics makes it hardly worth sitting through.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 29, 2002
While saying that appearances don't matter, the Farrellys prove that appearances are everything.
Read More | Original Score: 4/10
April 2, 2002
Amor Ciego pretende ser moralista, lo que choca con los Farrelly, para quienes significa un retroceso en su carrera, que de por si no tiene nada de extraordinaria.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
There's something about this well-meaning and even engaging new film from Bobby and Peter Farrelly that doesn't quite work.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 26, 2002
Don't expect me to say this too often, but I hope the Farrellys maintain their immaturity, if only because they do it so well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alex Ramirez
February 14, 2002
si lo que buscan son guarradas gratuitas y humor corporal, quizá salgan contrariados, o hasta algo confundidos con el tono moral y la idea central que expresa la película.
Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine
February 4, 2002
Disguised as a gross-out comedy simply in order to get made, it's a heartfelt portrait of living in our own skin.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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