|Fox Searchlight Pictures | Release Date: August 13, 1997||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Takes a premise that seems ripe for broad, vulgar joking and turns it into a sly, even subtle, comedy.
Such pure, naked joy is utterly contagious.
If you don't go expecting the depth and subtlety of a Mike Leigh working-class film, The Full Monty can be heart-warming fun with more serious undertones than you might have expected. [13 August 1997, Calendar, p.F-5]
Rowdy, funny, surprisingly sweet.
A very funny film that never sacrifices the lives of its characters to the needs of its story.
A bully good romp, and it thumbs its nose at the bloated blockbusters towering over it at the multiplexes by ending the moment it arrives at its raucous, richly deserved climax.
Ceaselessly amiable, moving whimsically toward an ending that, while predictable, is a rousing, unfettered joy.
Its own, tough-minded antidote to the grab-the-brass-ring whimsy of its premise.
A nearly perfect piffle in an age when hardly any movie seems to know how to play the light notes well.
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