User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31

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  1. MichaelM
    Jan 8, 2005
    6
    The first half was funny. The last half a little slow, but still fun. It was like Saturday morning when I was growing up!
  2. ChadS.
    Feb 6, 2005
    5
    "Fat Albert" borrows freely from "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and "Pleasentville", but such potential narrative sophistication is negated by pedestrian-level dialogue and lowest common denominator plotting. The filmmakers couldn't think of anything more interesting than to send the kids to a block party and the mall. Intentional or not, when the young girl explains to her older sister "Fat Albert" borrows freely from "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and "Pleasentville", but such potential narrative sophistication is negated by pedestrian-level dialogue and lowest common denominator plotting. The filmmakers couldn't think of anything more interesting than to send the kids to a block party and the mall. Intentional or not, when the young girl explains to her older sister that Fat Albert can't eat, you can't help but think of Joan Allen in the Gary Ross film, which would've allowed Albert to stay in the real world, if the double entendre was acknowledged and performed. But the film's real problem is that we're not sure about the rules of the movie's universe. A few kids recognize that they're cartoons-come-to-life, but most of them act as if they're real people. Expand
  3. BillR.
    Dec 26, 2004
    6
    Slow pacing almost kills this movie, but it is a touching story if you can suspend your disbelief.
  4. CynthiaG.
    Jan 11, 2005
    6
    It was funny and cute in a sense that it was her grandfather and his friends based on the characters for the Fat Albert show.
  5. Dec 29, 2015
    4
    Like Garfield, Fat Albert deserved much better. Good thing he's not that close to the negatives, but he's way far enough from becoming to the positives.
Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. Seems a little lightweight, even for a kids' movie.
  2. An awkward blend of live action and animation.
  3. 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.