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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. The belly laughs finally start to come --legitimately.
  3. 70
    [Farrellys'] great achievement is forcing those of us addicted to eye candy to see we have a problem.
  4. Most of the time we see her through Hal's idealizing eyes, though -- no surprise, since Hollywood won't let glittery stars like Paltrow play down their sex appeal for long.
  5. Shallow Hal begs for the Farrellys to unleash their arsenal of offensiveness, but they want to be liked so much they appear afraid to offend. The result is safe, well-meaning and dull.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    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 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27
  1. Rashid
    Sep 19, 2006
    9
    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 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
    8
    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 americaI 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
    7
    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 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. Apr 2, 2012
    5
    Shallow Hal is pretty shallow, especially the script. Funny parts were here and there. Nothing stood out in the film besides the disgustingShallow 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. Apr 22, 2014
    4
    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,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.
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  6. Dec 19, 2011
    2
    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 andI 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
  7. JesseM.
    Dec 26, 2005
    1
    It wasn't funny at all.

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