Heavy (1996)

This character drama, set in a local pub in rural New York State, focuses on the lives, thoughts, and emotions of a group of social outcasts. The lead misfit is Victor, a shy and very rotund man in his '30s who works as a pizza maker in… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 7, 1996
DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A small, quiet miracle of a movie in which tenderness, compassion and insight combine to create a tension that yields a quality of perception that's almost painful to experience.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Even the film's chanciest moments sustain an overall poignancy.

Rob Gonsalves

The movie has a kind of elegance, but it's a very long sit.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

You've been in places like this. You linger over a second cup of coffee and people-watch, trying to guess the secrets of the sad-eyed waitress and the drunk at the bar and the pizza cook who looks like he's serving a sentence.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Even at 80 minutes, Heavy would have been weighted with redundancies. So you can imagine what happened on the way to making it 105 minutes long.

Emanuel Levy

Showing observational skills, James Mangold has made a quiet, personal film that contests the stereotypes with which Hollywood has portrayed overweight people.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Mangold's sympathy is genuine and his refusal to mock or condescend to his characters -- indeed, that may be the point of the film -- is a pleasure.

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James Berardinelli

Mangold captures the nuances of life perfectly, and, by never cheapening his vision through facile resolutions, he fashions a memorable cinematic portrait.

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Willie Waffle

Pruitt Taylor Vince will amaze you with his subtle but powerful portrayal of the lovable Victor.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Adam Mahler
Evan Dando as the boyfriend does all the sensitive-right things but is phony-wrong for her; not sure if the movie is like him; good lighting & music
Emily Armstrong
I don't really like Liv Tyler and Pruitt Taylor Vince makes me shudder, so I found very little to like about this movie. There was absolutely nothing… More