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Shallow Hal Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 27, 2001
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 24, 2001
The film itself is little more than a series of fat jokes.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 13, 2001
Not only light on laughs but discomfitingly didactic in its disgust.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 9, 2001
Makes the case for restricting the Farrellys to mere gross-out movies.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
November 9, 2001
An ill-conceived, slovenly executed and disingenuous comedy.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 9, 2001
The movie's valuable message that we must look beyond physical appearances to find the heart within ... is drowned out by the din of loathsome idiots mocking physical appearances.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 9, 2001
All this sweet, inoffensive stuff is actually pretty boring.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
November 9, 2001
It gets away with fat jokes at the same time it seems to be on the side of the angels and inner beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 9, 2001
May be the best Farrellys movie yet, even though it doesn't live up to the pair's usual level of uproarious, crass comic genius.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 9, 2001
Paltrow's intelligence has the effect of adding weight, as it were, to a thin visual joke.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 9, 2001
I'm always skeptical of moral lessons from Hollywood -- especially lectures about the beauty of fat people from writer-directors whose last three films have starred ... stick-thin types.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 9, 2001
Who among us doesn't need to be reminded now and then how dumb and hurtful it is to judge people based on how they look?
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 9, 2001
The Farrellys had a golden chance to be creatively, satirically, usefully offensive -- and they wimped out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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November 9, 2001
If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the best of the movie, and there isn't really that much good stuff to go around.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 9, 2001
Often very funny, but it is also surprisingly moving at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
November 9, 2001
It's big-hearted, and it's funny.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2001
Created in the broadest strokes imaginable, Shallow Hal lacks even a vestige of subtlety and is rarely so much as amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 8, 2001
There are enough moments of demented comedy to make you aspirate your popcorn, but by the end you may find yourself, with some amazement, sniffing back tears.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
November 8, 2001
Hypocritical and condescending in ways its makers seem completely oblivious to.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 8, 2001
Uneven, but Paltrow's performance alone is worth the price of admission.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 8, 2001
The only crudeness here is in the uninspired filmmaking and a washed-out look.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 8, 2001
The oddest part of all this is that it's not very funny.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 8, 2001
If, like the Farrellys, you want to challenge stereotypes about the plus-sized, then why not give the job to a plus-sized gal?
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 8, 2001
A message movie of such surpassing stupidity that the message doesn't seem to have gotten through to the people who made it.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 8, 2001
We're warmly encouraged to feel the hurt that Rosemary constantly lives with, made vivid by a notably touching, sensitive performance from sylphlike Paltrow.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
November 8, 2001
So intent on driving home its worthy if not mind-blowing message that it becomes surprisingly conventional.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 8, 2001
The Farrelly brothers have done themselves proud with this movie. They've shown us their inner beauty.
| Original Score: B
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 6, 2001
Sentimentality swamps much of the comedy as Bobby and Peter Farrelly go for the heart rather than the solar plexus.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 4, 2001
A sweet, somewhat dumb romantic comedy that's almost impossible to actively dislike.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4