Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
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  1. Seems like a pretty cool movie -- at least, for a remake of a 1970s Saturday morning TV show.
  2. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    60
    The film is sweet and often genuinely funny, with lively musical numbers and a cast of entertaining personalities.
  3. 60
    A spirited re-creation of the series that once ruled Saturday mornings.
  4. Seems a little lightweight, even for a kids' movie.
  5. An awkward blend of live action and animation.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    50
    The animated scenes conjure aromas of the stilted "Clifford," and the overall approach is to throw preordained movie sequences (rap number, shopping spree) together and hope for the best.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    50
    Kenan Thompson may not look the part, but he's instantly likeable as Fat Albert.
  8. Fat Albert's originality is lost on the big screen.
  9. 50
    I don't think Fat Albert is up to speed; in its meandering, low-key way, it seems destined more for a future on de-ved, returning to the video world where the characters say they feel more at home.
  10. 50
    In the end, it's hard to see a real reason for the movie's existence. We already have Muppets.
  11. 50
    Despite the tired premise, Kenan Thompson -- is actually very persuasive as Fat Albert.
  12. Confusing, mixing messages of self-empowerment with those of conformity.
  13. 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.
  14. Except for a surreal moment when Fat Albert meets the real Bill Cosby, who tells his cartoon creation he must go back into the television, nothing inventive occurs.
  15. 40
    While endearing as cartoons, they don't wear flesh well.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    40
    fFat-footed and ham-handed in its attempt to reconstitute a popular '70s TV cartoon show as a full-length, family-skewing feature.
  17. In Fat Albert, that trademark is resurrected to depressingly diminished ends.
  18. Reviewed by: Karen Heller
    38
    Alas, this eternally sunny character's mantra, "I don't have a problem, I solve problems," makes for paltry dramatic tension.
  19. Kids, except for the very youngest, are going to be bored.
  20. Why did they think anyone would want to watch a Fat Albert adaptation that can't answer a simple question: "Who is this movie for?"
  21. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    30
    Basic knowledge of the original series is mandatory, but the more familiar you are, the more glaring this movie's considerable deficiencies will seem.
  22. Reviewed by: Leah McLaren
    25
    The result plays like an extended Pepsi commercial without the Pepsi.
  23. Somewhere in its quest to be educational, Fat Albert forgot to be entertaining.
  24. 25
    Lumpy, preachy and soporific.
  25. The movie is toothless and uninspired, and as directed by veteran filmmaker Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), the film is a disgracefully shoddy affair.

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