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Brittany Runs a Marathon

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90% Fresh Tomatometer Score90%
  • Like its progressively more fleet-footed protagonist, Brittany Runs a Marathon gets to the finish line in idiosyncratic yet richly rewarding fashion.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Tomris LafflyTime Out
    Colaizzo successfully walks a fine line between inspiration and caution, never presenting Brittany as a patronizing role model for weight loss, nor a clichéd case of inner beauty.
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    Nick AllenRogerEbert.com
    Aside from its cast, the winningest aspect of Colaizzo's script is Brittany's emotional arc, which avoids the expected path.
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    Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly
    A whip-smart comedy that manages to deliver genuinely funny uplift without ever swerving away from its own dark side.
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    Kate ErblandindieWire
    The greatest trick of Colaizzo's winning comedy: it doesn't need that cheese factor to inspire plenty of tears and cheers.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Todd McCarthyHollywood Reporter
    Humor ends up being replaced by a cloying earnestness as the finish line comes into view. Do the self-deprecating remarks really need to vanish along with the weight? It's hard to imagine why.
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    Dennis HarveyVariety
    This terrifically engaging debut feature by playwright Paul Downs Colaizzano is the best kind of "crowdpleaser": one that earns every emotional beat that might seem formulaic in four out of five similar enterprises.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Carla RenataThe Curvy Film Critic
    No longer scene stealer, Jillian Bell is sprinting across the finish line of self-love, respect discovery in the form of completing the NYC Marathon. Sarah Bolt, Michaela Watkins and Utkarsh Ambudkar are all just fantabulous with NYC as its co-star
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    Pat BrownSlant Magazine
    The film is inspirational only in the sense that it may inspire an uptick in Amazon searches for running gear.
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    Dustin PutmanTheFilmFile.com
    The tears, by the end, are cathartic in the best way, fully earned and nourishing.
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    Daniel NavaChicago Cinema Circuit
    [Brittany Runs a Marathon] possesses some notable virtues worth unpacking.
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