Brittany Runs a Marathon Reviews

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September 11, 2019
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.
September 6, 2019
[W]hat should be an old-school audience pleaser winds up being a much more complicated film that is often at odds with itself.
August 30, 2019
I too admire Colaizzo's effort, but in the end found myself ruminating on why I was expected to cheer at the finish line.
August 30, 2019
Yes, Brittany can be the worst. But when she's at her best, she's kinda great.
August 29, 2019
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.
August 29, 2019
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.
August 29, 2019
Like its heroine, "Brittany Runs a Marathon" works its way up from the easy comic 2Ks to a more nuanced drama of self-confidence that's able to go the distance.
August 29, 2019
Brittany is funny and authentic, but she can also be prickly and stubborn, even hard to like. You know, the way real people are.
August 28, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon is perfunctory, idealized, sometimes awkwardly composed, almost always predictable. But it stays the course, with admirable grit and more than a few entertaining grins.
August 28, 2019
Bell draws laughter and tears out of her character's indignities but also invests us greatly in her desire to change her own life.
August 28, 2019
Calaizzo's script is sharp, funny and honest, and nicely avoids movie cliches about obesity. Bell's performance is very good, both physically - the actress herself lost 40 pounds for the role - and emotionally.
August 26, 2019
On balance, I admire the hell out of Collaizo for choosing to tell a more emotionally convoluted story, even if it sometimes kills the momentum.
August 23, 2019
In much of the same way seasoned runners make a marathon look easy, Bell makes leading this comedy look effortless.
August 23, 2019
Its first moments, with Brittany working as an usher at an off-Broadway theater are its funniest. But it grows increasingly earnest. That's part of the movie's charm but also what leads it a little off track.
Top Critic
August 22, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon is reaching for a freshness it doesn't really have and for an interest in unexplored lead characters it doesn't quite demonstrate. But if you don't expect too much, you likely won't leave disappointed.
August 22, 2019
"Brittany" not only goes places you won't be expecting but it also manages to be simultaneously sympathetic and unsentimental, a picture with a laugh-out-loud sense of humor that can be as real as hell when it needs to be.
August 22, 2019
What starts out feeling inspirational threatens, at some points, to tip into disheartening conformity.
August 22, 2019
Bell... knows her way around a wisecrack. She also plays Brittany's transformation subtly and intelligently, without courting our pity or even our approval.
August 22, 2019
Bell imbues Brittany with humanity and wit, but all too frequently she is working within the framework of a story that seems hellbent on robbing her character of joy.
August 21, 2019
Jillian Bell is a comic force of nature with real dramatic chops in this hilarious and heartfelt tale of a twentysomething whose body mass is heading into the obese zone unless she proves her worth to herself and not just by running the NYC marathon.
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