Bachelorette is expertly shot and paced, with a script that's as cutting as a serrated knife.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
"Bachelorette" comes at you with the crackling intensity of machine-gun fire. Maybe the safest way to watch it is by peeking out from a behind a sandbag.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Talented actors are wasted in a film that induces more cringes than chuckles as women old enough to know better act like horny sailors on leave, absorb mass quantities of alcohol and drugs, and generally behave horribly.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's a sour, only fitfully funny affair, wasting the abilities of its otherwise talented cast, which includes Kirsten Dunst, James Marsden, Adam Scott and Isla Fisher.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
For women who find the film grim, I imagine that's because part of it feels true and rare in an American movie.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Caplan ... steals all of her scenes, takes them to the Target returns desk for illicit refunds, and spends all the money on whatever unicorn sweat gives you big, dewy eyes like Mary-Louise Parker.
Chris Packham - Village Voice
What's actually off-putting about this movie is how desperate the filmmakers are to exploit other people's ideas.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The women's dialogue is pungently ribald but diffuse; too often, shouting and shrieking and gesticulating take the place of engaged performance.
Richard Brody - New Yorker
"Bachelorette" commits only one crime, but it's a make-or-break offense -- it's just not quite funny enough.
Kristin Tillotson - Minneapolis Star Tribune
After a promisingly funny first half, this tale of three coke-snorting gal-pals trying not to screw up their friend's nuptials all but drowns in its own catty cynicism, turning as stingy with emotion and insight as it is with real laughs.
Justin Chang - Variety
As smart and popreferential as Headland's writing is, it's a little underwhelming when it comes to delivering on laughs.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
[Compared to Bridesmaids]... this is more of an ensemble effort, gamely led by the trio (and potentially awesome law firm) of Dunst, Fisher and Caplan.
William Goss - Film.com
This is a rapier-sharp, fast-paced comedy of manners, less concerned with delivering big laughs than with exploring its characters and their complicated interactions.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
A nasty little piece of work -- a phrase I use not with contempt but with grudging admiration.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Sometimes a movie is so bad it makes me want to go into seclusion and never see another film. Bachelorette is one of those.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A tasty cast and a good share of snappy dialogue provide entertainment but can't quite make this pre-nuptials shindig quite the party that it might have been.
David Rooney - Hollywood Reporter
The best reason to see Bachelorette is Dunst, once a child star with an uncanny ability to project maturity, now an actress with an ever-increasing range.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Dunst, Caplan and Fisher make a delicious trio as they stir up a bitches' brew of revenge against poor Becky (Wilson). Headland can write zingers that would make the cruelest bridezilla blush.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
I'm ready to forget I ever saw it.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Even in this dreary, going nowhere role, Dunst is fascinating to watch.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
The movie starts out rowdy, then turns more serious as the heroines confront their own weaknesses, and while both sides of Bachelorette come off as forced at times, the film is consistently funny, and Headland achieves a rare honesty.
Noel Murray - Los Angeles Times
This isn't Bridesmaids, it's HurlyBurly for women pushing 30.
Bachelorette strives to recapture the close-to-the-knuckle comic mayhem that made Bridesmaids a surprise hit, but the essential sweetness that underpinned the earlier film's gross-out gags is sadly lacking.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
The edginess is just window dressing. The message is as schmaltzy as anything you'd find in a kooky rom-com.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
Bachelorette is very much its own bitter brew, using the comic framework of a botched, coke-fuelled hen night to examine the stinging self-loathing exposed in three women by another's happiest day.
Guy Lodge - This is London
Give me a nice Audrey Hepburn film any day.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Retains that edge regularly removed from more commercially amenable comedies, and the cast make merry-ish ...
Gleefully caustic comedy that sticks an elbow in the face of the usual chick flick conventions ...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
It flips in and out of its tone too many times. Nevertheless it does have a sourness and a wretchedness that make some moments startlingly real and vivid.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
It cuts to the quick with toxic glee, confronting us with a trio of the worst friends you could possibly want at your wedding.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
It's hard to feel anything but vacuity after watching, regardless of Dunst's commendable and animated turn at crushing the nuptials dream.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - HeyUGuys
This is simply one of the best of its druggy-slackers-go-bananas genre. And such beautiful women haven't been allowed to be so funny since Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Hannah McGill - The List
The cast tear through the film with bug-eyed glee, with Fisher and Caplan perfect as the two worst friends a girl could ever have.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
No amount of zingy putdowns from Dunst or coke lines from Caplan can hide the fact that this film is fluffy at heart (and no worse for that).
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
...the filmmaker devotes much of the movie's first half to endless sequences that are, by and large, utterly devoid of laughs.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Three bridesmaids embark on a non-stop parade of debauchery fueled by coke, booze, and pills... for all those people that wished Bridesmaids was more like The Hangover.
Cory Everett - The Playlist
This is a movie about people who have been so caught up in themselves, in being so defiantly themselves at the expense of actual human connection, that life is passing them by.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
It's a ensemble piece of attractive ladies, but their beauty is only skin deep. Each of the characters is an ugly person inside
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
It would be a major mistake to think that Bachelorette is simply a rip-off of Bridesmaids with a healthy dose of Mean Girls stirred into the mix. This comedy clearly marches to its own beat.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Self-consciously raunchy, and simply more loud and annoying than funny, Bachelorette serves as ample evidence that women can do stupid and crude as well as men, if pushed to it.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Bachelorette is all about these very fine actresses playing some pretty sad, desperate women who have some pretty funny lines to say.
CJ Johnson - ABC Radio (Australia)
The performances and characters are the best thing about Bachelorette, which tries to walk a fine line between bawdy gross-out comedy and introspective "what have I done with my life?" drama for 30-somethings.
Matt Neal - The Standard
"It may be wrapped in the pretence of a comedy, but scratch beneath the shiny facade and sharp one-liners, and there's a dense and dark core."
Cara Nash - FILMINK (Australia)
A comedy with an almost cruel level of honesty that explores not just the weird dynamics of long-term friendships but the deeper forces that operate inside each individual.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
Limp, lazy, unfocussed...about as funny as flat champagne.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
The material becomes increasingly uncomfortable since it mainly comes from sad and traumatic places. This is what gives the film its edge.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Leslye Headland's bitterly unfunny Bachelorette not only squanders a talented cast of comic performers, but also chastises the audience for revelling in the unfiltered awfulness of their characters.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Unpleasant, repellent viewing that, surprisingly, offers only repugnant characters and toxic protagonists, nothing more.
Ed Gibbs - The Sunday Age
Lacking the charm and genuine heart of Bridesmaids, Bachelorette feels like a bouquet of wilted flowers - brittle and less than lovely, outstanding performances notwithstanding
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
The actresses are thoroughly committed to the memorable roles they boldly inhabit, but the performers as well as the characters deserve a less compromised vehicle.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Bachelorette is a thoroughly off-putting misfire that squanders its talented cast with horrible writing and an overabundance of bitter fights, vulgar language and general bitchiness.
Simon Brookfield - We Got This Covered
The funny stuff is impertinently delightful and honest, and delivered expertly by this female ensemble. Material this hilarious and astute is a rare thing in the few comedies that dare to be dominated by women
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Did you enjoy "Bridesmaids" last year, but wish it had been a bit more cynical, mean-spirited, and druggy?
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
Bachelorette is a poor-woman's Bridesmaids, in need of a bit more laugh-inducing moments...
Elias Savada - Film Threat
...there's no soft center here, no sweetness lurking to cut the tart. This is a raw and genuinely brave film that falters here and there, but gets up swearing and snarling, a razor in its pretty little hand.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Dunst ... seems liberated in playing this shrill, tightly wound woman who comes unhinged when her dreams of a perfectly staged wedding - even if it's not her own - start slipping away.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
What's the point of creating such defiantly unlikable characters if you're just going to declaw them and give them hearts of gold before the closing credits roll? A better title might have been Girls Gone Mild.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
It's consistently funny, but it's also shame that Bachelorette lets most of its characters off the hook too easily, especially after being such a tough-minded film at the opening.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
All of the slapstick makes it feel nonsensical, but it's grounded in likeable characters we can root for
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
In the midst of a wacky wedding comedy, these actresses are giving fleshed-out, three-dimensional performances and that's something to celebrate.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
A lot of this is very funny. If Bachelorette had come out before Bridesmaids, it might have been seemed a fresh exercise.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
An unexpected and bitterly funny take on the misery of the modern, maladjusted woman.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
Its actresses - particularly Dunst - are terrific. Headland has a nice feel for music, too, and takes some editing risks.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Thankfully, it's not a big-screen version of the reality television show of the same name, but this ensemble comedy about girls behaving badly isn't much better.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Don't worry, 'Bridesmaids.' This latest wedding hijinks comedy ends up as a silly rip-off that tries to capitalize on your success. But you're still Number One!
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Writer/director Leslye Headland makes her feature debut with this comedy which isn't really all that funny but is a lot more honest than last year's "Bridesmaids.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
These ladies' misadventures, as irritating as they are along the way, culminate with real poignancy that almost makes up for the frustrating fact that it all could have been avoided in the first place.
Annlee Ellingson - Paste Magazine
I don't see why women being as slobby and gross as the guys is such a feminist breakthrough -- especially since, as in Bachelorette, the slobbiness and grossness is witless.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
A supposedly raunchier and 'darker' version of 'Bridesmaids' (it isn't), the film is beautifully cast and funny.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
You might tag the young writer-director Leslye Headland as someone to watch in the future.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
Wicked LaBute-ian fun until that dastardly last act. When this black of a comedy is suddenly dipped into a rosy-red vat of sentimentality ... we know the dye's going to run very, very soon.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
Easily the most maddening aspect of it is that Headland takes a great cast, filled with incredibly likable actors and puts them in utterly unappealing roles.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Headland works hard to reconcile the wild and the tame; if she never quite gets the balance right, ya gotta admire her bold juxtaposition of overdose-resuscitation gags with lessons on self-loathing and bulimia.
Amy Biancolli - San Francisco Chronicle
The lion's share of Bachelorette, written and directed by Leslye Headland, is unnervingly entertaining.
Stephanie Zacharek - NPR
It feels haphazard and unrefined like so many awful comedies but an extremely talented cast saves it from total disaster.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
There's something to admire in Bachelorette's initial flag-planting outrageousness, even if it goes too far and then sheepishly pulls back to a more conventional conclusion.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
Asks too much from a tale that argues gagging one's self is both a shameful sin and a useful skill
Nick Schager - Boxoffice Magazine
Bachelorette would be better off as a soulless farce, not the noxious semi-melodrama it eventually becomes. It's a movie that doesn't know whether to hug its characters or push them off a bridge.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
What writer-director Leslye Headland has given us is a romp that never quite romps, a teary-eyed string of taking-stock moments without tears, and a serious squandering of major league movie talent.
Bachelorette will no doubt be divisive, possibly along generational lines. If you have to ask "Do women really talk this way?" it's not for you.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Funnier than Bridesmaids.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Spending time with these people is hellish.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Comedies in which women talk dirty and act stupid and horny - is this such a hard to genre to get right?
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Not to sound too much like a bratty teen-and these bachelorettes should know better-but, um, why should I care again?
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Mean girls get nicer in raucous, raunchy party comedy.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Quickly subverts expectations with its mordant honesty and its hilarious balancing of sensitivity and scatalogy.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
As toxic as a Drano cocktail, this would-be Bridesmaids, at times as outrageous but also foul-mouthed and lacking any discernible heart, is strictly recommended for those who confuse incessant nasty snark for wit.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Lovely women doing genuinely ugly things makes for a potent combination.
[U]nspeakably pitiless... It's like this is a comedy from Star Trek's vicious Mirror Universe, where backstabbing and scheming are just the way things are.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
As black as comedy can get while still ending up a crowd-pleaser. Straddling a very fine line, but never toppling over, the film's future cult status and high rewatchability factor are all but guaranteed.
Funnier than both Hangover flicks jammed together, and I hope that doesn't read like a DVD blurb. I mean it.
Toxic, nasty, and ugly.
Kate Erbland - Film School Rejects
Bachelorette succumbs to sentimentality late in the game, but it's funniest and most entertaining when channeling its raging inner bitch.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Leslye Headland's directorial debut, adapting her own stage play, runs on nastiness with a dose of romance. It doesn't reinvent anything, but it keeps the bile flowing.
David D'Arcy - Screen International