Fat Albert
Fat Albert (2004)

Bill Cosby's gang of childhood pals evolve from standup comedy to an animated cartoon series to real life in this family-friendly comedy. Doris (Kyla Pratt) is a teenager who doesn't fit in with most of her classmates at school, has… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 25, 2004
DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A bland but good-natured adaptation of the cartoon show.

Time Out

A lot like the comedian's best work: amusing, appropriate for kids, and far more spiritually nourishing and less insulting than typical Hollywood fare.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

The sermonizing on behalf of good clean fun and hard old effort (Cosby co-wrote the script) is as faded as Big Al's sweater after too many days on earth.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Cosby cartoon comes to life in tween-centered story.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

At the end of this weak comedy is a strange and touching scene in which Bill Cosby and his childhood pals from Philadelphia, now elderly men, gather at the grave of Albert Robertson, the real-life inspiration for Cosby's bighearted Fat Albert.

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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

Bad in such a bizarre way, it almost becomes fascinating.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A bad movie, but I've seen much worse.

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Time Out

The Cosby touch (he's co-writer and co-executive producer) is in full effect, schmaltz notwithstanding, as Albert and the gang run through their series of pleasantly diverting escapades.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

The movie feels small and flat.

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Cole Smithey
Daily Radar

Director Joel Zwick ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") helms this redundant and distinctively shabby movie that wasn't even filmed in Philly.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Matt Goodman
How can I not?
KJ Proulx
Fast Albert is a guilty pleasure comedy that I find myself loving, even if it is way over the top and makes the cartoon look like a child drew it. It's… More
Jim Careter
It ruined the old cartoon, damn you Kenan Thompson
Richard C
Michael Edwards
it stays faithful to the source material and the end result is a good, entertaining, and funny film.
Lafe Fredbjornson
They wrecked the plot. Rather than doing a live-action adtaptation of the Fat Albert characters in their New York setting, they have them as fiction characters,… More