Shallow Hal Reviews

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June 12, 2018
A movie that meanders from one sight gag to the next, many of which you've already seen in the commercials.
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.
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.
February 3, 2002
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.
January 21, 2002
Hilarious in parts, sickeningly sentimental in others, Shallow Hal has the Farrellys trying to expand their range, with only mildly successful results.
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.
November 24, 2001
The film itself is little more than a series of fat jokes.
November 13, 2001
Not only light on laughs but discomfitingly didactic in its disgust.
November 9, 2001
Makes the case for restricting the Farrellys to mere gross-out movies.
November 9, 2001
An ill-conceived, slovenly executed and disingenuous comedy.
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.
November 9, 2001
All this sweet, inoffensive stuff is actually pretty boring.
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.
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.
November 9, 2001
Paltrow's intelligence has the effect of adding weight, as it were, to a thin visual joke.
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.
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?
November 9, 2001
The Farrellys had a golden chance to be creatively, satirically, usefully offensive -- and they wimped out.
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.
November 9, 2001
Often very funny, but it is also surprisingly moving at times.
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