Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic 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. 100
    An absolute stunner of a movie.
  3. 90
    It's a lean, mean movie, and not a pretty one, but it leaves no question as to Breillat's angular originality as a filmmaker.
  4. 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.
  5. Much more than a perfectly realized vignette about seduction. It is the latest and most powerful dispatch yet from Ms. Breillat, France's most impassioned correspondent covering the war between the sexes.
  6. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    90
    Despite the disappointing conclusion, it's hard not to be affected by the film, because of the director's frank approach to her subject and the sheer skill with which she tells her story.
  7. Proves to be a remarkably lean and incisive film about the fateful power of sexuality.
  8. It's sensuality with a stinger, and Fat Girl is an adolescent sex drama that takes no prisoners.
  9. 88
    There is a jolting surprise in discovering that this film has free will, and can end as it wants, and that its director can make her point, however brutally.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »