Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Karen Heller
    Alas, this eternally sunny character's mantra, "I don't have a problem, I solve problems," makes for paltry dramatic tension.
  2. Kids, except for the very youngest, are going to be bored.
  3. 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?"
  4. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    Basic knowledge of the original series is mandatory, but the more familiar you are, the more glaring this movie's considerable deficiencies will seem.
  5. Reviewed by: Leah McLaren
    The result plays like an extended Pepsi commercial without the Pepsi.
  6. Somewhere in its quest to be educational, Fat Albert forgot to be entertaining.
  7. 25
    Lumpy, preachy and soporific.
  8. 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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