Dumplin' (2018)

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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' (Danielle Macdonald) is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston), who signs up for her mom's pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.

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Cast

Danielle MacDonald
as Willowdean "Dumplin'" Dickson
Jennifer Aniston
as Rosie Dickson
Odeya Rush
as Ellen Dryver
Dove Cameron
as Bekah Colter
Harold Perrineau
as Lee Wayne / Rhea Ranged
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Critic Reviews for Dumplin'

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (14)

"Dumplin'" has been so carefully calculated, it's a wonder it plays as warmly and sincerely as it does.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Variety
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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.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

A movie so lifeless you'd have more fun guessing the Netflix niche group that the production is supposed to satisfy.

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…
Slate
Top Critic

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.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
indieWire
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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...

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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