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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: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. Jun 15, 2013
    Unafraid of walking the fine line between the repellent and the human, Shallow Hal is wickedly funny but heartfelt. I agree this movie is awesome, funny!! 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. Aug 5, 2013
    Esta es una buena pelicula de comedia, clasica de los hermanos Farrelly, lo que me gusto de la pelicula fue el argumento de la pelicula, me parecio un argumento extraordinario. Expand
  4. 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
  5. Nov 17, 2013
    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.

    Its not terrible, some moments are actually quite touching, but even fans of the Farrelly Brothers may be better off skipping this one.
  6. Dec 19, 2011
    I think this film would have been a lot better if it was more of a drama than a comedy and if Jack Black wasnt the lead. Its rather corny and too straight forward and predictable. Jack Black is disapointing and actually makes the film even dumber then what it should be. Overall the story was interesting but the execution was terrible. Expand

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