Fat Girl
Fat Girl (2001)

Elena is the gorgeous fifteen-year-old who is forced to drag along pudgy twelve-year-old Anais as she trolls for boys in the cafes of a seaside resort where their family is vacationing. Treating Anais with casual cruelty, Elena smooches a… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 8, 2001
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The controversial Fat Girl is an unflinchingly harsh but powerful look at female adolescence.

Chicago Reader

[Features a] shocking, ambiguous ending.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

It's compelling, honest, poignant, somewhat sad and, at the end, very disturbing -- in short, quite a good movie.

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Cole Smithey

Like Breillat's debut feature ("A Real Young Girl") "Fat Girl" is a masterpiece awaiting inspection by audiences open to its meanings and insightful commentary.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Bold but unrelenting in its depiction of both physical and emotional aggression, Fat Girl will be bracing for those open to its challenges and brutal for those who aren't.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

This is not one of [Breillat's] better efforts.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of the most disturbing films I've ever seen.

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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly

A strange, discomfiting and fascinating film about the horrors of adolescence.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Anais is not an object of pity or fun. She simply is. And after seeing Fat Girl, we understand her why and how.

Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

I first saw Fat Girl upon its original US theatrical release in 2001. I left the theater exhilarated. Three years on, I feel I had been fooled.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Rubia Carolina
I didn´t know Catherine Breillat´s work, so it was quiet a good surprise. The movie is very realistic and it shows perfectly the sisters relationship (love and… More
Stella Dallas
this is a startlingly frank feminist film about the way society judges women and the way we internalize that as girls. the sisters' relationship seemed… More
Lady D'arbanville
I have mixed feelings on this storyline, firstly it articulates the feelings of these two very young girls in a realistic sense, I?m sure many ladies out there… More
Dean McKenna
This French story of two sisters (one is gorgeous and sexy and one is fatty) through their summer holiday who are going to try to loss their virginity, is… More
Randy Tippy
This is a film that could not have been made in Hollywood. The social restraints (not to mention the legal ones) would not have permitted it, at least not in… More
Mark Abell
A disturbing film about adolescent and pre-adolescent sexuality. Provokes a certain amount of self-examination. In which of the characters do you see yourself?… More

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