75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
The belly laughs finally start to come --legitimately.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
You can't help cheering on Shallow Hal. That and the fact that it's not at all politically correct. It's something better. It's big-hearted, and it's funny.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Paltrow is truly touching. And Black, in his first big-time starring role, struts through with the blissful confidence of a man who knows he was born for stardom.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Something is happening to our boys: They're getting mushy. Shallow Hal is not so much about how gross people are as how beautiful they are once you get beyond the rude, noisy flesh. It's a sermon wrapped in a fat suit.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The laughs are there, but the movie's main asset is Paltrow, mournful and always braced for the worst.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
So intent on driving home its worthy if not mind-blowing message that it becomes surprisingly conventional.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The movie is shrewd by giving the bulk of its piggish dialogue to Alexander, an actor incapable of projecting genuine cruelty on screen.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Suffers from "Bridget Jones" Syndrome but without that movie's charms.
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30

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
For the first time, the Farrellys seem to be embarrassed by their own crudeness. For the first time, they should be.
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10

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What they've done here goes beyond gross -- or clumsy, or dumb -- to genuine ugliness, both cutaneous and sub.
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48 out of 100
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