Mixed Reviews for 'More to Love'

After the launch of Fox reality dating show More to Love, critics are torn whether it exceeded the already slim expectations for the genre, especially since it comes from the same guy who created The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series. The premise of the show is essentially the same, only slightly bigger people take the place of, as one feisty contestant put it, "skinny bitches" in the Bachelor mode.

Boston Herald critic Mark A. Perigard, for instance, writes that More to Love takes away the only saving grace of watching shows like The Bachelor - laughing at the "chuckleheads and dim bulbs privileged by the genetic roll of the dice ... who make fools of themselves." He adds that he finds "no entertainment" in seeing these ordinary people crushed.

Los Angeles Times' Robert Lloyd, meanwhile, disputes the whole premise of the show and its claim at featuring "ordinary" folks. He argues that the contestants "may be larger than most, but they are young and shiny and dressed to the nines." Nevertheless, searcher Luke Conley, writes Lloyd, "seems like a nice guy, but he is also a bit of a kid in a candy store, finagling kisses right and left."

For Salon's Kate Harding, More to Love is "an excruciatingly typical dating show" that is borderline exploitation of the "kind of woman" that it purports to represent.

"With weight as the show's central focus, the editing plays to as many fat stereotypes as possible: In the first episode ... we get women weeping about their dateless pasts, one unironic use of the phrase "big-boned," a debate on the merits of Spanx and, of course, umpteen conversations about food -- one of which includes the fatchelor flirtatiously declaring, "I like anything thick and juicy."

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