A little more script work, at the very least, should have gone into the manufacture of the black comedy Bedazzled.
Steve Daly - Entertainment Weekly
A.O. Scott - New York Times
There's no real dazzle in Bedazzled, though you may be befuddled trying to figure out why anyone was compelled to make the effort.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Brendan Fraser is one funny, mixed-up guy. And as Ms. Lucifer, the new scourge of Fraser's life, Elizabeth Hurley crackles with sexy sarcasm.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Delivers laughs at a rather more than intermittent rate, and Elizabeth Hurley is a fun devil.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
A lively, generally amusing remake.
- Houston Chronicle
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
It is lacking in wickedness. It doesn't smack its lips when it's naughty.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Watchable as she may be, Hurley is not the Devil for this movie.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
A comedy that is weak even by today's humble standards, and pitiful when measured against the Cook-Moore version.
Desmond Ryan - Philadelphia Inquirer
It offers a diverting couple of hours at the movies.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Much of the writing is genuinely clever, and the really big laughs are ignited with crowd-pleasing frequency.
Joe Leydon - Variety
It's involving -- as an OK date movie -- primarily because of a tour de force as Elliot's multiple selves by Brendan Fraser.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
By the end of the movie, I wasn't so much bedazzled as bedraggled.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Most of these sketches devolve -- with apologies to the esteemed Mr. Darwin -- into schoolyard sniggering as fast as drool runs down a chin.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
What the film doesn't have, ironically, is a soul.
Tom Keogh - Film.com
The new writing team has dumbed-down the script to such an extent that the jokes sound like rejects from a Farrelly brothers comedy.
John Hartl - Film.com
- Globe and Mail
I think retooling Bedazzled relies most significantly on getting just the right devil, and you couldn't come up with a more perfect Luciferess than Elizabeth Hurley.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Not only is this film persistently unfunny, but it is consistently uninvolving.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Flat and lame.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The lavish scenes and gaudy effects can't compensate for the lack of genuine wit.
Bob Thomas - Associated Press
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Funny as Fraser is, he can't eliminate those extraneous stunts and special effects, he can't turn a series of scenes into a coherent whole, and he can't steer the film away from its sappy, programmatic ending.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
- Sight and Sound
Charming Fraser Faustian tale with lots of sexual innuendo.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Hurley is great fun to watch, a Faustian powerhouse of curves, smoky eyes and big hair who sounds exactly like Jackie Collins doing an imitation of Madonna's pan-European accent. It's creepy, but effective.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
[Whenever] Hurley disappears, and so does much of the film's energy.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Decent enough entertainment as written, though many will regret the movie's eleventh-hour detour into pieties.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
John Thomason - Orlando Weekly
As if by magic, this lowbrow film falls together and works in a charming, goofy way.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
- Time Out
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
There's nothing here that's liable to set you pondering metaphysical questions, but Bedazzled is a perfectly reasonable excuse for a none-too-bright Hollywood comedy.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
entertains on a very shallow level
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
For a comedy about heaven and hell, Bedazzled doesn't make it out of purgatory.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
- Film Threat
Andrew O'Hehir - Sight and Sound
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
A slapstick morality play about the dire consequences of selling one's soul to the Devil and trying to find happiness in wealth, fame, power, or intellectual prowess.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Curiously, the new version omits much of the material that made the first movie so memorable -- including the nuns on trampolines -- and replaces it with gags that probably seemed much funnier on paper than they are on the screen.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
- Boxoffice Magazine
Endiabrado faz rir. Nao muito, mas faz.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
If Fraser keeps up with performances such as these, he may have a bright future in comedy after all.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
- Boston Phoenix
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Bedazzled will make you laugh, loudly and with great frequency. With a film like this, nothing else really matters.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
If only the movie had the excitement of Hurley's wardrobe.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Marjorie Baumgarten - Anchorage Press
Joel Siegel - Good Morning America
Jason Korsner - BBC
Much of the fun, most of the satire, and all of the wit have been removed, leaving us a light, sanitized, pale imitation of the original.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
El resultado final pudo haber sido mucho mejor, de no ser por el meloso final con todo y mensaje moralista de que cada persona debe de estar contenta con quien es en realidad
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
has a few laughs here and there, but it feels largely like a thrown-together piece of work
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The film is sabotaged by an insulin shock-inducing ending ... and the lameness of the wish sequences.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
With a strong script, this probably could have been salvaged, but Ramis and two other screenwriters (including veteran Larry Gelbart) instead go for the cheapest possible laughs.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It tries so hard to make us like it that we can feel the desperation.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A light, entertaining film that is probably the best family comedy to be released in several months.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
- Ebert & Roeper
It's quite enjoyable on its own terms.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
This is the kind of movie that grins at you when you're dead certain nothing else can be done with the concept...
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Bedazzled should have been a corker, but the results are only moderately amusing.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
A safe, easy-going, fantasy puffball with fun performances from the leads, but definitely less than what its premise sets it up to be.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A wonderfully original and entertaining comedythe rarest of breeds.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
What this film lacked was a real sense of the bizarre... .
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Just a series of repetitions on the same gag -- and it's a pretty tired joke to begin with.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
With exactly one joke apiece, the wish scenes resemble iffy Saturday Night Live sketches.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It's all light and silly and a surprisingly fun trifle.
Dave White - IFilm
I have as much chance of remembering the experience as I do describing the consequences of the Smoot-Hawley tariff.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Pictures of this kind stand or fall on the talents of their principal actors, and the makers of Bedazzled won the casting Lotto.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Examiner
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Certainly isn't the comedy Hell it appeared to be, nor even a blase purgatory. This is an altogether fun movie.
Jeffrey Huston - Jeff Huston's Believe Me
Has its flaws, but the laughs keep coming at a steady clip -- and in a slight comedy such as this, that's what matters most.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
It may not leave you bedazzled, but it will leave you happy.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
So over the top you'll either enjoy it or be bothered and bewildered by it.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- Empire Magazine
Appears to have had a lot of the life homogenized out of it by one too many focus group sessions, and more than a few scenes appear to be reined in a notch to stay within a PG-13 rating.
Bob Aulert - culturevulture.net
A surefire comedy hit that allows [Elizabeth Hurley] and Brendan Fraser to strut their stuff in diverse comic characterizations.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Brendan Fraser ... ably anchors this cheerful new take on the old, old theme.
Arthur Salm - San Diego Union-Tribune
It's a hoot.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Utterly forgettable once you leave the theater, Bedazzled is nevertheless good, surprisingly clean fun while you're in it.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It's a happy event when such a buoyant comedy-particularly from a major studio-seems to come out of nowhere.
Eric Monder - Film Journal International
Drags its one-joke scenes through far too many poorly-timed comic moments, with each of its hokey-jokey sequences going on for far longer than is humanly funny.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Sort of a comic coming-out party for Fraser, who's really improved since George of the Jungle and Dudley Do-Right.
Bill Muller - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Its laughs are frequent and soulless.
F.L. Carr - PopMatters
Mostly the problems are a mediocre script and even more mediocre direction by Harold Ramis.
Jackie Loohauis - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Another pointless, ludicrously bad remake.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Sappy, cliched and so annoying that it becomes grating, the film relies on one gag after another that sometimes entertain, but usually flail.
Kim Morgan - Oregonian
A positively divine comedy.
Cody Clark - Mr. Showbiz
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
More than funny. And despite the subtle accents of brimstone and sulphur, a breath of fresh air.
John Anderson - Newsday
For those looking for a mindless and somewhat entertaining diversion ... you could probably do a lot worse than this choice.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
A cute and clever good-vs-evil parable that ought to appeal to those weary of SNL retreads and gross-out humor.
Sara Wildberger - Miami Herald
While this film doesn't quite go to hell, it kinda is the pits.
- E! Online
Some big laughs, though they're grounded more in slapstick and sexual embarrassment than the original's still-acute social observation.
Dave Kehr - Citysearch
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
Worth a bargain matinee or a future rental.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A fun little flick that is easy on the head and, with Hurley as a sexy Devil, easy on the eyes, too.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
I certainly was bedazzled.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
You can't help but feel a little, when watching Bedazzled, like Fraser and Hurley have sold their talents short in this episodically silly film.
Susannah Breslin - TNT's Rough Cut
Not half-bad, even if at times it feels like a mere excuse for showing off the many facets of Ms. Hurley's lovely figure.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Fraser and Hurley are terrifically matched for their interplay, and some of the writing is so smart it outclasses the film's cartoonish feel and occasional foray into hokey special effects.
Peter Stack - San Francisco Chronicle
Even if you accept its age-old premise ... there's still too much other stupid stuff to get in the way of ever really enjoying the thing.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
A sexy movie with some funny moments, but ultimately lifeless.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
[Hurley and Fraser] make this film a whole lot better than it should have been.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Has a witty script and plenty to look at, all played out against an essentially good-natured story.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
You'll be suitably amused, but it's a safe bet you won't be dazzled.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
This broadly played, low-brow farce is definitely one of [Ramis's] lesser efforts.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer