• Released
  • October 10, 2001
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • Drama
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
An absolute stunner of a movie.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
With the pitiless, devastating Fat Girl, Catherine Breillat puts men and women, boys and girls on notice: When fantasy, hypocrisy, and manipulation mix in a wet, sandy place, you dive into sex at your own risk.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Proves to be a remarkably lean and incisive film about the fateful power of sexuality.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's sensuality with a stinger, and Fat Girl is an adolescent sex drama that takes no prisoners.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There is a jolting surprise in discovering that this film has free will, and can end as it wants, and that its director can make her point, however brutally.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

This is a different kind of girls' movie, and certainly not a pretty one, especially its horrific head-scratcher of an ending.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Breillat has made an important, even essential work about the exploitation of young women's sexuality, but is not she complicit as well?
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This disturbing drama has many telling moments, but it ends with an out-of-the-blue shock episode that raises more questions than it answers.
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Like "Anais," the only surprises Breillat has in store for us are bad ones. In the willfully perverse final act, she delivers a sadistic blow to the audience -- with a sledgehammer.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Uncompromising and unforgiving, but ultimately more self-destructive than any of its characters.
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77 out of 100
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