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  • Summary: The story of Anais (Reboux), an overweight 12-year-old, and her beautiful, thin 15-year-old sister, Elena (Mesquida).
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. With the pitiless, devastating Fat Girl, Catherine Breillat puts men and women, boys and girls on notice: When fantasy, hypocrisy, and manipulation mix in a wet, sandy place, you dive into sex at your own risk.
  2. Proves to be a remarkably lean and incisive film about the fateful power of sexuality.
  3. 90
    As fascinating as it is discomfiting and as intelligent as it is primal. From first shot to last, France's foremost bad girl has made an extremely good movie -- and maybe even a great one.
  4. 75
    Like "Anais," the only surprises Breillat has in store for us are bad ones. In the willfully perverse final act, she delivers a sadistic blow to the audience -- with a sledgehammer.
  5. This disturbing drama has many telling moments, but it ends with an out-of-the-blue shock episode that raises more questions than it answers.
  6. So daring and unsparing in its depiction of the psyche and experience of adolescent girls that it's hard to imagine an audience that wouldn't find it deeply provocative despite a slow pace.
  7. Assails with its in-your-face, repulsively compelling (like a train wreck) brutality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. DaveS
    Jan 3, 2006
    7
    One of the most disturbing endings in any film I've seen. I have to commend the director on being uncompromising, but it will no doubt One of the most disturbing endings in any film I've seen. I have to commend the director on being uncompromising, but it will no doubt bother many. Expand

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