Brittany Runs a Marathon

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Brittany Runs a Marathon is an earnest and hilarious dramedy that finally gives Jillian Bell a role worthy of her gifts.



Total Count: 137


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Verified Ratings: 1,324
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Brittany Forgler is a hilarious, friendly, hot mess of a New Yorker who always knows how to have a good time, but at 27, her late-night adventures and early-morning walks-of-shame are starting to catch up to her. When she stops by a Yelp-recommended doctor's office in an attempt to score some Adderall, she finds herself slapped with a prescription she never wanted. Forced to face reality for the first time in a long time, Brittany laces up her Converse and runs one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. Soon she runs a mile. Brittany finally has direction--but is she on the right path?


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All Critics (137) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (121) | Rotten (16)

  • 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.

    Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [W]hat should be an old-school audience pleaser winds up being a much more complicated film that is often at odds with itself.

    Sep 6, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • I too admire Colaizzo's effort, but in the end found myself ruminating on why I was expected to cheer at the finish line.

    Aug 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Yes, Brittany can be the worst. But when she's at her best, she's kinda great.

    Aug 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Like the course of the New York City Marathon, this story takes some sharp twists and turns. And like the runners, viewers are going to have to strive to keep up.

    Aug 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie succeeds because Bell succeeds. It's gratifying to see a so-called character actress with reliably deadly comic timing loosen up, stretch out and learn what it means to carry a movie.

    Aug 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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