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  • Summary: Hal Larsen is the ultimate shallow guy. He finds beauty only in supermodels and centerfolds. But after an impromptu hypnosis by self-help guru Tony Robbins, Hal's view of women makes a 180-degree turn; he now sees their true inner beauty. (Twentieth Century Fox)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 8 out of 33
  1. 100
    Unafraid of walking the fine line between the repellent and the human, Shallow Hal is wickedly funny but heartfelt.
  2. 75
    Paltrow is truly touching. And Black, in his first big-time starring role, struts through with the blissful confidence of a man who knows he was born for stardom.
  3. 70
    [Farrellys'] great achievement is forcing those of us addicted to eye candy to see we have a problem.
  4. Some good gross-out inventiveness, but too heartfelt by half. Do we really need the Farrellys to champion inner beauty?
  5. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Who would have thought one of the best things about the new Farrelly brothers' movie is a cameo by Tony Robbins?
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Could use a little extra comic poundage. The Farrelly brothers' latest sees the team tapping a sweeter, milder vein of humor than their outrageous norm.
  7. What they've done here goes beyond gross -- or clumsy, or dumb -- to genuine ugliness, both cutaneous and sub.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Rashid
    Sep 19, 2006
    If I want to rate only its comic level i will give 4 but the idea behind that comic make me rate this 9. PPL are their personalities not their bodies. Expand
  2. Jul 22, 2013
    I love this film. It's not scared to call out society. Yes there are bad obese women, and good thin women, but this calls out shallow america that's obsessed with thin women. Big can be beautiful, it seems America forgets that, but Shallow Hal will always be the angel on America's shoulder reminding us that Big can be beautiful. Expand
  3. JeremyW.
    Sep 4, 2006
    Jack Black was great. This was a fun comedy that made you think. Our society does place too much emphasis on the surface. Hoorah to a film that dares to challenge the Hollywood glamour. Expand
  4. Oct 21, 2014
    Summary: Shallow Hal is not a good film at all, but it delivers a good message and it has some funny moments. 52/100 [C]

    Following the
    advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a grossly obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis?. [C] Full review coming soon... Check out my blog: Twitter: @MemoBosque Expand
  5. Apr 2, 2012
    Shallow Hal is pretty shallow, especially the script. Funny parts were here and there. Nothing stood out in the film besides the disgusting people in them. Expand
  6. Apr 22, 2014
    Contrary to what some people (who usually haven't watched it) believe Shallow Hal isn't offensive in any shape or form and, in actual fact, goes out of its way to champion the importance of inner beauty over appearance. Unfortunately it's not particularly funny either. Most of the jokes revolve around the fact that Hal's (Jack Black) girlfriend Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow) is larger than she appears to him resulting in a distinct lack of laughs throughout.

    It’s not completely terrible, some moments are actually quite touching, but even fans of the Farrelly Brothers may be better off skipping this one.
  7. JesseM.
    Dec 26, 2005
    It wasn't funny at all.

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