(2004)

Critic Reviews

63

Metascore

Based on 9 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
A working-class hero of a film.
70
Variety
The intimately personal chronicle is more impressive for Famiglietti's disarming self-exposure than for any fully formed cinematic style or consistency of tone, but the modest production has a genuine, warm spirit.
70
Village Voice
When a heart attack causes Neil to isolate himself in the wild and get his eating under control, Lbs. acquires a more distinct, insightful texture, emerging--along with its star, who actually lost 170 pounds over the course of a two-year shoot--as a creature with sharper angles than it first appeared.
70
The actor's compelling self-exposure, physically and emotionally, draws us into such a degree that we genuinely come to care about his well-being.
63
The movie Bonifacio and Famiglietti have made is much better as a bittersweet family portrait. But those in search of a mirror for their own weight issues will find a deluxe one here.
60
An inspirational, humorous portrait of an individual grappling with an addiction that, unlike heroin or alcohol, has rarely been addressed in film.
60
Those concerned with obesity issues may find Lbs. authentic and inspirational. Otherwise it’s an earnest little low-budget indie without much to distinguish it beyond the appearances of Miriam Shor and Sharon Angela.
60
That truthfulness, along with the movie's emotional honesty and narrative polish, help tag this NY-grown indie as one to seek out.
60
Boxoffice Magazine
On one side Lbs. deals with a subject not often handled dramatically and this alone gives it an urgency and a credibility.

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