Brittany Runs a Marathon

critic Reviews

88% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score88%
  • Brittany Runs a Marathon is an earnest and hilarious dramedy that finally gives Jillian Bell a role worthy of her gifts.
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    Alexa DalbyDog and Wolf
    [F]unny, endearing and inspirational in a totally unsentimental way.
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    Dan WebsterSpokesman-Review (Washington)
    But the film, written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Paul Downs Colaizzo - and inspired by the real-life experience of Colaizzo's roommate Brittany O'Neill - is far more complicated than any simple formulaic manipulation.
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    Tomas TrussowThe Lonely Film Critic
    This is very tricky subject matter to begin with, and so I can't help but applaud Colaizzo's efforts in tackling them.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Louisa MooreScreen Zealots
    People who are naturally skinny just don't understand the struggle, and this supposedly motivational film likely won't become a beacon of enlightenment for them.
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    Roxana HadadiPajiba
    With a pitch-perfect performance from Jillian Bell, Brittany Runs a Marathon is consistently honest in its conversations about weight, wellness, and self-worth.
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    Amanda GreeverThe Daily Times (Tennessee)
    Brittany Runs a Marathon is a film about struggle and strife. Yes, it's also about a woman going from clinically obese to running the New York City marathon, but that's not the real struggle here. It's a film about learning to love yourself.
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    Jorge CastilloPlanet S Magazine
    Brittany Runs a Marathon never goes for the low hanging fruit. There are laughs to be had, but all based on reality and accompanied by a pang of sorrow.
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    Margot HarrisonSeven Days
    Bell's performance holds it all together.
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    Allen AdamsThe Maine Edge
    Brittany Runs a Marathon is a funny, surprisingly tender character study about what happens when you want to be better than you are ... and what that even means.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Julia SwiftMy Champlain Valley
    The main character was completely inauthentic which made it hard to care about her. It's never a good sign when every time a side character comes on screen you wish you could follow them into a different film.
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