Shallow Hal
Shallow Hal (2001)

Jack Black continues his march to stardom with this typical Farrelly brothers blend of broad comedy and a heartfelt message. Black is Hal Larsen, a shallow man rapidly approaching middle age whose superficiality can be attributed to his… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 9, 2001
DVD Release Date: July 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While surprisingly sweeter and warm-hearted than previous Farrelly outings, Shallow Hal is also less funny and more bland.

Todd McCarthy

With the relatively untested Black coming on awfully strong, the lack of directorial finesse lets the enterprise down, creating some clunky scenes and dead air where laughs might have been expected.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The film itself is little more than a series of fat jokes.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Romantic comedy is pretty tame for Farrelly Bros.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The film is not as funny as their best, but fascinates in the discomforting way it foregrounds the brothers' normally buried, facile moral dialectic.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Not only light on laughs but discomfitingly didactic in its disgust.

Emanuel Levy

The Farrellys take an artistic step backward with this soft, disappointingly sentimental comedy about the true nature of beauty; they seem to have forgotten their roots in the outrageous and gross-out.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

We've seen so many crummy comedies that try to be There's Something About Mary or something like this. And the Farrelly brothers come to the rescue and show us how it's done.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Makes the case for restricting the Farrellys to mere gross-out movies.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[An] insulting new comedy from Bobby and Peter Farrelly.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
This is one of those movies that I always watch if I happen to flip to it half an hour in on TBS or FX. Yes, there are plenty of fat jokes, but Gwyneth is the… More
Matt Goodman
I simply don't care enough to lay out a full review, so I'll just say that this film was decently funny despite a few lazy performances. The writing… More
Kevin M. Williams
A message comedy? Perhaps. The Farrelly Brothers seem to be answering their critics who often see them as sophomoric (if that) with this bon bon (forgive me)… More
Bethany Murphy
Absolutely hilarious! A must see!
Sophie Burgess
Quite a generic Hollywood chic flick.
Nicki Marie
Good comedy movie. It doesn't all work, but comes close enough to. Gwyneth Paltrow is great as Rosemary (although the fat suit really is the worst,… More