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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).
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. Characters in Breillat's movies often make sex their god, lose faith in it, then find their lives hollow and grim. Bergman wouldn't have been so concerned with bodily woes, but he'd have understood.
  5. Breillat has made an important, even essential work about the exploitation of young women's sexuality, but is not she complicit as well?
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Uncompromising and unforgiving, but ultimately more self-destructive than any of its characters.
  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

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