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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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    The trailer suggests a wacky DayGlo remix of Amy Schumer's body-conscious comedy I Feel Pretty, but don't believe it. This film, a debut from the writer-director Paul Downs Colaizzo, is made of sterner stuff...
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    The strength of Brittany Runs a Marathon is that it doesn't claim to capture a universal experience. It tells one woman's story -- and it tells it well.
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    Cath ClarkeGuardian
    It's a film with charm and sweetness but a twinge of anxiety, a little gravitational pull to darker places.
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    Nigel AndrewsFinancial Times
    You'll think of Trainwreck, but star Jillian Bell is not Amy Schumer. She's more Rebel Wilson synthesised with Lena Dunham.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    Colaizzo gives us a vividly believable picture of what it's like to be youngish, single and in danger of losing your way in any big city where status can depend solely on a talent for keeping up appearances via an artfully arranged social media feed.
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    Katie WalshTribune News Service
    The highest mountain Brittany has to climb is getting over herself, a struggle Bell makes poignantly, piercingly real in her performance and that takes the film into its darkest yet most relatable moments.
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    Caitlin KennedyScreen Queens
    The film uplifts and inspires for all the right reasons ...
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    Alex HudsonExclaim!
    [Jillian] Bell has already showed her comedy talents with memorable roles in Workaholics and 22 Jump Street, and here she proves herself equally adept at drama.
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    Ruben Peralta RigaudCocalecas
    Has an inspiring glow that can't be denied. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Dan ScullyCinema76
    Color me impressed that a film such as this traverses the minefield of potentially problematic material with grace, precision, and humor.
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