Critic Consensus: Elevated by a solid soundtrack and a terrific cast, Dumplin' offers sweetly uplifting drama that adds just enough new ingredients to a reliably comforting formula.
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"Dumplin'" has been so carefully calculated, it's a wonder it plays as warmly and sincerely as it does.
In my eyes, [Dickson] represents a positivity I haven't ever seen on a screen - one that doesn't seek to change her body to fit in, but to change the world to find space and celebration for her fat frame.
Dumplin' isn't a story that uses a skinny, conventionally pretty protagonist to pick apart a realm that rewards women exactly like her. It's more imaginative than that, open to the idea that beauty itself is more expansive and subjective.
A movie so lifeless you'd have more fun guessing the Netflix niche group that the production is supposed to satisfy.
It presents a world that's a little kinder, a little gentler, and a little more willing to see the good in people than the current standards these days.
There's so much more to enjoy, from the nuanced work by Jennifer Aniston that ensures Rosie's never a caricature of a pageant mom; to the warm and natural best-buddy chemistry between Danielle MacDonald and Odeya Rush...
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