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. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Uncompromising and unforgiving, but ultimately more self-destructive than any of its characters.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Meredith Brody
    70
    The shocking, ambiguous ending might have been better served by the film's original, ambiguous title, "To My Sister."
  5. 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.
  6. It's sensuality with a stinger, and Fat Girl is an adolescent sex drama that takes no prisoners.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The film's concluding sequence is bound to polarize audiences.
  10. 40
    It's all well-acted and eerily compelling, but the shocker ending is patently implausible.
  11. 80
    In the end, leaves you feeling both violated and startlingly informed, as if a mugger had whacked you in a dark alley.
  12. Breillat has made an important, even essential work about the exploitation of young women's sexuality, but is not she complicit as well?
  13. A lovely minor achievement. It would have been major if Breillat had been more expansive with respect to Anaïs instead of contentedly letting her go on about her lumpish ways.
  14. 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.
  15. 100
    An absolute stunner of a movie.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    75
    This is a different kind of girls' movie, and certainly not a pretty one, especially its horrific head-scratcher of an ending.
  18. Assails with its in-your-face, repulsively compelling (like a train wreck) brutality.
  19. 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.
  20. 60
    A laser-sharp evocation of the tortured ties that bind sisters, who can love and loathe each other simultaneously and inflict lifelong wounds with chilling expertise.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Proves to be a remarkably lean and incisive film about the fateful power of sexuality.
  24. The kind of stunning and contentious work of art that will leave a lot of folks speechless.

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