“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“A Poor Attempt To Copy The Hangover; Awkward, Not Quotable, Overhyped And Makes Women Look Bad. Not Impressed.”
“Wow, Kristen Wiig Can Be Funny After All.”
“An Over-Hyped, Sometimes Awkward Comedy That Still Maintains An Enjoyable Feel To It”
“Kristen Wiig, I Want To See You Again.”
“These Bridesmaids Make The Hangover Look Like The Bitch In Comedy!”
“Pink, Fluffy...not This Film”
“89% -- Oh Tomatometer, How Deceptive Thou Art. . .”
“Judd Apatow Humor With A Female Cast. Enjoy!”
“Funny But Not What I Expected”
“Funnier Than "The Hangover"”
“Better Than The Hangover”
“Do Not Be Fooled , Bridesmaids Is One Of The Funniest , Laugh Out Loud Comedies Of The Year. Its Sometime Over The Top And Gross. But The Laughs Always Out-due Themselves , In The Years One Of A Kind Film. It Should Not Be Classified As A "chick Flick"”
“Bridesmaids Is An Infectiously Funny And Bittersweet Look At How Life Can Change Even The Strongest Of Friendships.”
“Kristen Wiig Is The Funniest Woman Alive”
Bridesmaids is an infectiously funny and bittersweet look at how life can change even the strongest of friendships.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
In this movie, romantic envy and class envy coalesce, because Bridesmaids understands just how they're linked. Even if money can't buy you love, being broke puts you at a distinct disadvantage.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The movie is smart about a lot of things, including the vital importance of female friendships. And it's nice to see so many actresses taking up space while making fun of something besides other women.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
The full horror of being a bridesmaid is shown, but Wiig persuades you there is something genuinely loving and sisterly to be found at the end of this incredible ordeal.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
After shining on SNL, Kristen Wiig finally has a lead role worthy of her comic talents. And wedding prep gets the absurdly humorous treatment it deserves.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's the smaller, more observant moments in "Bridesmaids" that make it worth savoring.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
"Bridesmaids'' openly, comfortably turns the stress of being girlfriends into comedy. It's really about the single friend backing away from the edge of temporary insanity.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
This supposed great experiment in femme-com bears the distinct scars of having been "fixed" -- out of fear or financial imperative -- by and for dudes.
Karina Longworth - Village Voice
Just as Apatow redefined leading men in a more realistic manner, Wiig may well change the way Hollywood looks at ladies.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
If this is only a chick flick, then call me a chick.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
A film of great hilarity, humanity, idiosyncrasy and grade-A, eyebrow-singeing raunch.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Bridesmaids has a couple of X chromosomes up its sleeve, and you're wrong if you think that's merely a cosmetic difference.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
It goes pretty much as expected, but it does seem earned, in part because the writing is so sharp.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
The movie is uneven and lurching, but it provides many laughs.
David Denby - New Yorker
It definitively proves that women are the equal of men in vulgarity, sexual frankness, lust, vulnerability, overdrinking and insecurity.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
No one has explored the inner workings of a passive-aggressive frenemy the way Wiig has. She has the Midas touch for activating a character's petty streak while still making audiences like her.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The brilliant Saturday Night Live player Kristen Wiig finally gets the big-screen vehicle she deserves.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Think of it as The 40-Year-Old Nonvirgin in taffeta. Or the Kristen Wiig movie that her fans have been waiting for.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Bridesmaids" is bust-a-gut funny, a high-adrenaline string of slapstick gags and verbal hysteria.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The only question is: Will Kristen Wiig ever be this good again? The answer is, let's hope so. Bridesmaids rocks. Hopefully, a movie star is born.
Tom Long - Detroit News
"Bridesmaids" proves two things conclusively: Women are every bit as adept as men at gross-out comedy antics, and Kristen Wiig is a bona-fide comedy star.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Bridesmaids sorely lacks the saving grace of being consistently funny.
Joe Leydon - Variety
By the time two hours had dragged by, I felt a lot like I had sat through a five-hour wedding.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
This is "Her Hangover," a smarter and sweeter stumble to the altar that never quite gets to Vegas, and doesn't seem to mind.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
This is one very funny flick, which may require a second viewing, lest loud laughter rob you of hearing some of the lines - especially during an eye-popping pivotal scene that was once the purview of the boys: the big gross-out.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Is it funny? Yes, at times, and its female-centric theme will appeal to many women. I just hope they have the patience to trudge through the slow spots and story detours. Bridesmaids, which might as easily bear the title Women Behaving Badly
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
In the end, Bridesmaids is touching and funny and a tiny bit sickening. Just like a real wedding.
Siri Agrell - Globe and Mail
It's a movie that succeeds, often beautifully, not by forcing its characters to be as naughty and gross and pathetic as men are. It soars by letting them be as naughty and gross and pathetic as women are. Three cheers for equality.
Mary Elizabeth Williams - Salon.com
Hallelujah and praise the Lord for Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, a movie we've been awaiting for what feels like forever.
Dana Stevens - Slate
The setup is ripe for a black comedy but the movie never fully embraces the darkness and the level of humor is on par with the limp skits for which Wiig is responsible on Saturday Night Live.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Kristen Wiig scores in an erratic gross comedy that truthfully connects where it counts.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Bridesmaids surely doesn't mark the end of conventional female-centric comedies, but it works on so many levels, it'll hopefully make future filmmakers stop and think twice before approaching this kind of project and realize it can be done [better].
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
This might be a turning point in feminism and comedy, provided that both sexes can embrace it.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Kristen Wiig is an indisputable goddess of comedy. This rowdy fem-friendship movie she stars in and wrote with Annie Mumolo is infused with the Wiig brand of wicked mischief.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
"Bridesmaids" is a female version of "The Hangover"--from the coarse language to the cringe-inducing grossout gags to the Vegas road trip that goes horribly wrong.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
That rarest of treats: an R-rated romantic comedy from the Venus point of view.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Bridesmaids is a reminder that fresh content is still alive and well, especially when it's delivered by a group of talented actresses.
Benjo Colautti - We Got This Covered
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
There's a full spectrum of emotions on show: how many comedies with a gag involving projectile vomit and diarrhoea can say that?
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
El humor de Damas en guerra se parece por momentos al de la comedia masculina mas guarra, escatologia incluida, aunque tambien hay lugar para los sentimientos y hasta el romanticismo.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
It shows the dark side of people to a surprising extent for a comedy. It isn't exactly a black comedy or a dark comedy, but it does explore the way that friends can sometimes become jealous and sabotage each other.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Kristen Wiig, between her screenplay and fearlessly funny performance, gives nothing less than a tour de force.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Bridesmaids is a very funny movie, with interesting characters and great performances, but the film's pacing issues make it more of a chore to get through than expected.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
I like that Bridesmaids aspires to be more than just a dumb comedy, but that doesn't mean it needs to belabor its point for what feels like eons.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
Paul Feig's Bridesmaids ends up living in the memory like most weddings do; you went, you had a pleasant time, and unless somebody mentions the happy couple, you never think about the experience again.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
I laughed almost without pause; at several points I made horselike snorting sounds that hurt the insides of my nose.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Whether it says something incisive about female friends and their inability to truly feel comfortable and rise above petty jealousies and competition, Bridesmaids never achieves the wolf pack camaraderie that The Hangover executes so naturally.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
There are things to like here and the idea is a noble one. But in execution, "Bridesmaids" is a typical chick flick just with some extra rude words and vomit.
Laurence Boyce - The Baltic Times
At 125 minutes, 'Bridesmaids' is long for a comedy, but it earns its running time by fully developing its characters and their relationships ...
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
The movie won't change your life or grab a fistful of Oscar nominations come next winter. But it will make you laugh, hard and often, and it proves that sometimes girls just want to have fun.
Leah Rozen - The Wrap
... a girl-bonding romp filled equally with outlandish bridal showers and alcohol-fueled slapstick aggression, grand romantic gestures and furtive sex, high couture and low blows.
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
A bridal-shower blast of brassy hilarity and a cast of ferociously funny females.
Neil Pond - American Profile
The girls show the boys how it's done in Bridesmaids, an achingly funny mesh of gross out gags and heartfelt sentiment led by the new queen of comedy, Kristen Wiig.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Bridesmaids turns the gross-out comedy genre on its head and emerges bigger and better than its predecessors. It boasts unforgettable breakout performances and is the most important comedy of the year. And the best.
Ed Gibbs - Sydney Morning Herald
- National Post
Wiig's brand of comedy is loud, proud and just gosh darned funny.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Never does Bridesmaids ever aim for truly biting commentary, opting to settle instead for a series of poop jokes and scenes of social awkwardness.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
It's one I intend to re-visit over and over if only to bask in Wiig's understated sexual appeal...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
By filling the plot hole of Lillian's cluelessness with explosive diarrhea, the film undermines the whole "Apatowian Female Comedy" idea.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
Bridesmaids achieves, through the laughs, a kind of poignancy and empathy.
Jason Solomons - Observer [UK]
At its best, Bridesmaids does that wonderful thing: tell the truth, indelicately.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
Indeed pretty much a rom-com in the end - but hugely enjoyable, fresh and rude, both touching and funny, all the way.
David Sexton - This is London
The comedy to beat this year.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
There is real depth to the characterizations and friendships. It is so funny because it is all so painfully real.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
It's something old, something new, something borrowed and (cough) something very, very blue.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Bridesmaids strives a little too hard in places to show that women can do outrageous gross-out comedy too - but it remains the best chick flick in years.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Really, bottom line: it's the best thing Apatow's put his name to in years.
Kevin Maher - Little White Lies
By treating funny women as normal people, Wiig has crafted a game-changing comedy that's even better than The Hangover.
Karen Krizanovich - Radio Times
Impressively directed and brilliantly written, this is a consistently hilarious and superbly acted comedy that finally gives Kristen Wiig the lead role she deserves.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Sharply written and winningly performed, it delivers more laughs than any movie released this year, but also, the longer it goes on, develops into a surprisingly poignant evocation of self-scuppering loneliness.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
As it turns out, fart and poo gags ARE universal, as demonstrated by the mostly female audience completely losing it during some of the more off-colour scenes.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
Move over Tina Fey, there's a new queen in town.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
Bridesmaids features some genuinely funny laugh out loud moments...
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
An effortless blend of bad taste and good humour with a wholly believable, often very touching emotional core, all centred around one of the finest star-making comic performances in recent memory.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
A guaranteed good time, be you lady or gentleman.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
A confident, self-assured comedy with nothing to prove. Fresh, occasionally foul-mouthed, and funny.
Catherine Bray - Film4
It is artistically dishonest and embarrassingly naive to grant the status of "classic" to something only newly born. For a film to be called a classic, it must first stand...oh hell, who am I kidding? Bridesmaids is an instant classic.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Finally, a female ensemble comedy that balances realistic characters with smart laughs and side-splitting farce.
Anna Smith - Empire Magazine
Wiig is pitch-perfect ... THE best unisex night out at the cinema you'll have in ages - this is the best proposal yet, and an invite you shouldn't decline
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Completely and utterly honk-like-a-goose hilarious.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
One of the funnier comedies (of the) year (certainly better than The Hangover Part II), but the flat patches make the film... feel a tad long.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Bridesmaids is just fall-down funny.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
It also made me laugh so much I had a coughing fit and saw stars -- and I can't remember the last time a film of any "gender" made me do that.
Clem Bastow - The Vine
Despite its flaws there's no denying that it is actually very funny and that Wiig gives a powerhouse performance full of nuance and wit.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
While packed with hilarity, the laughs are always grounded in Kristen Wiig's heartfelt and utterly relatable performance.
Cara Nash - FILMINK (Australia)
I suspect that Wiig is funnier when she's not so frenetically intent on finding 101 ways to make a fool of herself.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
The real problem is that Annie veers dangerously close to being unlikeable although Kristen Wiig's performance is so winning that she just about gets away with it.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne have long deserved vehicles to showcase their talents, and here they're finally afforded the opportunities their schlubby male contemporaries were offered a long time ago.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
As the star and co-writer of Bridesmaids Kristen Wiig finally gets to display her full range and the results are brilliant.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Not the chick flick it sounds like, Bridesmaids is The Hangover with skirts... hilarious and a bit of a miracle at a time when a major studio tries to force-feed audiences such cookie-cutter dreck as a PG-13 remake of Arthur.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It's funny and it's charming, largely due to Kristen Wiig's great sense of timing and the smart comic script she has penned with Annie Mumolo
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
With its often raw humour, rough language and soft heart, Bridesmaids is not a frilly girlie movie, more a busty, raunchy strut-it film
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
I'm sure many will see it for its gross-out moments but I was more impressed with how the film captures the fragility of its imperfect characters.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
The film veers a bit wildly between silly playfulness and extreme rudeness, but it keeps us hooked by maintaining believable characters.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The funniest movie of the year. Unlike 'Hangover,' the film doesn't rely on sexism, homophobia and racial epithets to hit a punch line.
Clay Cane - BET.com
Bridesmaids delivers sweetness and sass.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
It's uneven, unwieldy and overlong, but if it's yucks you're after you'll find them in abundance in a side-splitting comedy that lifts the veil on every wedding's unsung heroines.
Neil Smith - Total Film
It's a pleasant, funny couple of hours at the movies with a few great moments.
David Poland - Movie City News
While undoubtedly formulaic, it's head and shoulders above most of Hollywood's recent comedy output.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
Bridesmaids falters long before the alter.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
See? Women can be funny, too. And raunchy, brazen and, sometimes, profound.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
The label is Apatow but the trademark raunch plays second, maybe third fiddle to a thoughtful examination of personality conflict.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Kristen Wiig deserves some kind of award for her dexterously funny and touching performance
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
...Bridesmaids would've been far, far better off had it been trimmed down to a more manageable running time.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Apatow continues his assault on gentility and good taste with this roll in the gutter that degrades women. The sad part is that there is a good, sweet movie lurking here behind all the vulgarity.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Taffeta + Digestive Trouble + Feelings = Everyone wins!
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Kristen Wiig proves she can lead an ensemble comedy that's as raunchy as anything her male counterparts produced.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The film features at least four major comic set pieces that are quite funny, and Wiig is at the center of each of them (Parental Content Review also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
This movie is funny both as physical gag-based comedy and character-built, smart-person comedy in a nonstop, laughing-over-dialogue, smart-stupid, sweet-gross, heartfelt-raunchy way that's perfectly in keeping with the Judd Apatow brand.
Dave White - Movies.com
... brings to mind Renee Zellweger films about ugly ducklings that long to be seen for their inner beauty. Big difference: In "Bridesmaids," the poufy swan poops in the street.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
Bridesmaids is far from a seamless comedy masterpiece, but what does work eventually outweighs what doesn't quite fit together.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
I liked Bridesmaids well enough -- with some reservations -- but I found it to be neither groundbreaking nor terribly funny.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Kristen Wiig is funny, sweet and pathetic while her life falls apart, the ensemble works well, it's a comedy unafraid to get disgusting and then get dramatic, and just about every scene works.
Cole Abaius - Film School Rejects
Something even rarer than an American film with a woman as protagonist: an American film comedy that is absolutely and genuinely funny.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Despite all the hype about how gross and profane it was, this movie still entertained with a sweet story about friendship.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
I can die happy, because I got to hear Don Draper say, "Cup my balls."
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
Cringe-inducing and often very, very funny.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
...one of the most moronic, ineptly made and oft-times revolting movies to be released this year.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
The attempt to apply the male slob template to female characters is dispiriting, and it's more depressing to think it will probably be a great success,
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Bridesmaids is not a movie for those looking for a pleasant, uneventful night out at the movies. Yes, it's touching. And yes, it resonates with a heart of gold. But it's also awkward, raunchy, and disgusting. Just like real life.
Frank Wilkins - Frank's Reel Reviews
The great American mainstream comedy of the year.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The Apatow formula... now with women!
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
I must take the time to single out Melissa McCarthy, who plays Lillian's future sister-in-law Megan. McCarthy, who stars in the current CBS television program "Mike and Molly," is a fireball and steals every scene she's in.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Unfortunately, "Bridesmaids" bears the hallmark of Apatow's more recent, less successful efforts by being overlong (two hours and five minutes is way, way too long for a comedy like this) and having an uneven tone.
Mathew DeKinder - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bridesmaids moves with poise and confidence, making the hard business of earning honest laughs look easy.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Too many of its strained comic bits were more of a miss than a hit.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
...in the first rank of Apatow movies; it may be the best so far. But more importantly, it's the first great Wiig movie. Let's hope there are lots more.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The best female-driven, R-rated comedy of all time. Yes, even better than 'The Sweetest Thing' and 'Outrageous Fortune.'
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
An estrogen-fueled adventure featuring madcap hilarity ranging from the scatological to the sublime!
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Judd Apatow is one of its producers, but let's be quick to steer most of the credit away from him -- and even director Paul Feig -- and place it where it clearly belongs: at the feet of Kristen Wiig.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Bridesmaids busts through the party movie glass ceiling with a steel-toed stiletto and a tepid magnum of Yellow Tail.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Bridesmaids is a stiletto-sharp, raunchy, no-holds-barred yuk-fest that stands as a worthy female counterpart to the likes of Wedding Crashers and The Hangover.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
This crude and raunchy comedy co-written by and starring "SNL" regular Kristen Wiig takes an honest look at female relationships and modern romance. This will be the top destination choice for girls' night out gatherings as the..
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
"Bridesmaids" is a great first step for Apatow in finding his feminine voice, and an even better launching pad for the hilarious Kristin Wiig.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bridesmaids is about as far from a dopey Kate Hudson/Katherine Heigl rom-com as you can get. It is smart where those other pictures are dumb, perceptive where the others are cliched.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Take that John Belushi!
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Kristen Wiig is a comic genius. Her performance as Annie, a thirtysomething woman whose life is in a tailspin, is ridiculously funny. We're talking virtuoso stuff here.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's stunning that an R-rated female-driven comedy has been made at all, let alone that it's often uproariously funny and centers on believable characters.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
... hilariously funny, with an outlandish surprise around almost every corner.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Bridesmaids boasts the kind of wit that works on either sex. It's the more personal moments that truly linger.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
As much a coronation as a wedding, with Wiig emerging as a successor to Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett as the queen of knockabout comedy.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Last week Something Borrowed showed just how bad a chick flick can be; this week Bridesmaids takes a similar setup and shows how good it can be.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The warring impulses within Wiig set a wonderfully skittish tone for the painfully hilarious new movie Bridesmaids, a screwy tale of female friendship and wedding planning from hell.
Ella Taylor - NPR
Wiig has terrific audience rapport, a prerequisite for comics, and a squiggly way of seeming totally reasonable and altogether daft at the same time.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Overall, the movie is a winner that should propel Wiig to a big-time movie career.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Director Paul Feig takes the film in a laid-back, absurd and often improvised direction. Such looseness suits it -- while the plot may meander, it provides plenty of room for Wiig and her talented co-stars to cut loose.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Crude but sincere comedy about friendship and confidence.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Whether in a throwaway SNl skit or an overlong, uneven comedy such as this, Kristin Wiig has a knack for transforming something lackluster into something entertaining
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
A film about women and marriage may be virgin territory for [producer Judd] Apatow but the results are the same. The film is flat-out funny and is worth saying "I do."
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
In general, the movie is so funny and bracingly honest that you can forgive the few moments where the momentum flags.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Director Paul Feig has taken Wiig's and Mumolo's terrific script and given us the first, big comedy hit of the year. And that's not something to be taken lightly.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kristen Wiig has always been the bridesmaid, never the bride. Which is no longer a negative, as the emphatically unbridled Wiig takes the wedding cake to delicious new lows.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
It's not mean-spirited and doesn't hate its characters. Also, it understands the key lesson of the Farrellys and "American Pie" and Apatow's previous work: this sort of comedy works when it has heart, and fails when it doesn't.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
It's not a movie for people looking for a decorous night at the movies. It is a film, though, for folks eager for some good dirty jokes, some refreshingly real female characters - and, just maybe, a new comic voice.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
[T]he kernels of a truly smart, truly honest, truly brilliant movie are here, and they get lost in what has become the standard Hollywood humiliation comedy...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Hands down, Bridesmaids is the most consistently funny comedy of the year.
Elias Savada - Film Threat
Features Kristen Wiig in a true tour de force that should elevate her to elite status among comediennes.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
One of the great comedies of the 21st century.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Bridemaids may make Kristen Wiig the first female'SNL' alum to ascend to the A-list.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Whatever your opinion of the film is you'll definitely come out of it with a new respect for Wiig's comedy and acting skills.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
Bridesmaids takes chances, colors outside the box, and breaks the unwritten rules for what a female-driven comedy can and can't do.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Star Kristen Wiig (and she really should be a Star with a capital S after this breakthrough performance) finds the humanity usually missing from not just the chick flick but the modern comedy in general.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Kristen Wiig is the best sketch comic alive, and "Bridesmaids" should finally make her a movie star.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The film's central friendship gives Bridesmaids a heart as big as its laughs. It pays particular attention to the details and realities of maintaining long term friendships, with special attention to the specifics of friendships between women.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
...strives to prove that gals can be as nasty as dudes, and when it comes to raunchy yuks, they are, until those darned realistic human emotions get in the way.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Bridesmaids has so many funny moments that it can be forgiven for its excesses.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
That sound you hear is me, heaving a sigh over yet another two-hour comedy that's got about an hour of good material spread thin. Some smart, talented people collaborated on...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Is this the female version of The Hangover? No - Bridesmaids is much funnier and way more heartfelt and human than that film.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Kristin Wiig is sharp-yet-sweet in this shockingly scatological comedy, filled with bawdy, uninhibited babes.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Think of it as a cinematic bouquet -- catch it.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Prepare yourself to hear this comparison often: Bridesmaids is like a female version of The Hangover. But don't ever expect those words, or any variation of them, to roll off my tongue.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
A bawdy, riotous godsend for folks who wanted to like The Hangover but just couldn't bring themselves to root for such an annoying box of a**holes.
Brian Juergens - CampBlood.org
Cringe-inducing, uneven, juvenile, overlong and painfully unfunny. It's a witless blend of crudeness, rudeness and lewdness which sets a new low for American comedy.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
After one bad and surprisingly misogynistic comedy after another written by women, here is finally one that doesn't alienate either sex and should easily garner a standing as one of the funniest films of 2011.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
On its surface, the film marries gross-out comedy and romantic comedy and will make you laugh out loud. Right underneath that is a truly wonderful movie about female friendship that's quite unlike anything else out there.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
I laughed harder than I have in quite some time.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Not only is it funny, it has enough regard for its characters to acknowledge some real emotion without overdoing the pathos.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
Sweet, goofy and unapologetically crass, it's a broad farce built on a solid foundation of human psychology.
Norman Wilner - Now Playing Magazine
Wiig and company have impeccable comic timing and the humor almost always comes from pain. It's very funny, has a great cast, and will probably hold up to repeated viewings.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
it just felt like Bridesmaids had something to prove
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
An instant R-rated classic that could give the upcoming Hangover Part II a run for its money.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
Resembles an "SNL" sketch: a good idea that starts out strong and goes on too long.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's [a] subtly pained undercurrent of Bridesmaids that keeps even the film's bawdiest material on the level.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
"Bridesmaids" is a classic Apatow factory product. There are about a thousand jokes - 70 percent of them are funny - and the movie is 10 minutes too long.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
It's been a while, but finally there's a good comedy out there that's worth a trip to the movies.
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
...expresses a deep ambivalence toward marriage, one that runs counter to the fanatical, starry-eyed nature of most romantic comedies.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
[It's] a female-centered ensemble comedy that's ultimately about the importance and power of friendship. And, yes, it's funny as hell.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Bridesmaids obviously strives to seem modern, but too often it mistakes crassness for freshness.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
All the flab dulls the sharpness of the best moments
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Bridesmaids is just full of awkward goodness that had me laughing out loud throughout the movie.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Bridemaids sputters, coughs, and lurches, but it's a winning shambles, buoyed by a sharp, balanced comedic ensemble and some truthful observations about how close friends adapt when their lives fall out of step.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Kristen Wiig becomes a movie star and takes back the term 'chick flick.' Bridesmaids has a big heart and a grown-up mouth.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Bridesmaids is a groundbreaker. Usually it's dudes suffering from explosive bowel movements, getting drunk and disorderly, and spitting out the one word you'd better not call any woman. Not exactly a banner for feminism but equal time is overdue.
Steve Persall - St. Petersburg Times
[Bridesmaids is] one of the funniest films in the past few years.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Cue a prolonged scene where we are treated to women vying for one toilet vomiting on each other while another evacuates from the other end in a sink. Laughing yet?
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's Hangover raunchy, yet this ribald comedy is also surprisingly perceptive when it comes to confronting middle age, maintaining friendships and finding one's way in the world.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
The comedy is broad and predictable enough that I pretty much always saw it coming - and yet I still found myself laughing when the jokes arrived right on target.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A destined comedy classic that knows how to be crowd-pleasing without sacrificing itself to empty-headed callousness or shoehorned distastefulness. Let's not mince words, either: Kristen Wiig is brilliant.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
such an ebullient blast of fun that the resulting critique will sound like over-the-top gushing
Jason McKiernan - Filmcritic.com
In an age of increasingly bland, formulaic rom-coms that seem to star the same three actresses, "Bridesmaids" is almost a revelation.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
Funny, and subversive...
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
It's nice to give the women a chance to play what is by and large a man's game; the problem is that the territory the movie covers, on both the bridal side and the gross-out side, is well worn.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Melissa McCarthy steals the film...She is fierce, she is fearless, she is wildly hilarious, and she raises the bar for the guys over at atelier Apatow.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Bridesmaids is a chick flick in the way that a Rolls-Royce is a ride.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
The most hilarious comedy of the year boasts a sensational performance by Kristen Wiig as a vulnerable and stressed-out woman who loses it all during the wedding preparations
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
In every scene she's in, Wiig expresses on her face what no dialogue can. I want more of the fat chick.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
In an age of doggedly unambitious comedy, one marvels at the finesse these first-time screenwriters and director Feig bring to marrying raunch, romantic comedy, and the tested but ever-true bond between women.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Surrounded by a hilarious cast, Wiig has definitely found her breakout role.
Peter Paras - E! Online
There are few greater compliments one can offer a film than to say they feel shorter than they really are, and Bridesmaids' two hours positively flew by.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
This is a smart and funny movie that satisfyingly expands the Apatow brand.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Paul Feig's film has gambled on women, assuming that female moviegoers are sick of being reduced to man-starved, materialistic shopaholics by Hollywood.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Kristen Wiig is the funnist woman alive.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Thanks to Kristin Wiig, her writing partner Annie Mumolo, Judd Apatow and Paul Fieg, we've got a dandy femme-centric, outrageously funny and downright smart comedy that nails one of the most emotionally wrought feminine rites of passage.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
In an age when so many Hollywood chick-flicks seem to really hate women, it's refreshing to see a character-driven movie about women. The humor here is outrageous, bawdy, sometimes even scatological, but it's never misogynist.
Alonso Duralde - Movies.com
Bridesmaids hits the nail on the head with its comedy about a girl who is getting married and the repercussions it can have on friendship ties.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Bridesmaids is a hoot, but it's also ridiculously overlong and surprisingly unadventurous, almost afraid to pursue its most compelling qualities.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
It's an overly contrived jumble, trying out too many comic ideas that eventually swamp the central subject of what a modern young woman expects regarding friendship, courtship and marriage.
Armond White - New York Press
Bridesmaids is the sort of movie in which you know exactly how everything is going to turn out by the end, but the characterizations are strong enough to overcome the formulaic template.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
For those of you who, like me, have in recent years come to regard "chick flick" as a purely pejorative term, Bridesmaids is nothing short of miraculous.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Despite trademark Apatow bloat, this is Wiig's movie and she makes the most of it...She should be as big a movie-comedy star as Steve Carell or Seth Rogen.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
"Saturday Night Live" cast member Kristen Wiig makes a successful bid for big-screen stardom in this bawdy, hilarious comedy about the downward spiral of an insecure maid of honor.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
For every gross-out gag like a barfing-and-BMs marathon, there are scenes of female desperation, public downward spiraling and romantic awkwardness that Wiig gives an uncomfortably realistic edge even as she's cracking you up.
David Fear - Time Out New York
Silliness and sexiness are comfortable bedfellows from the outset of Bridesmaids.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Playing out like a typical Judd Apatow film, Bridesmaids foregoes fantasy and instead, chooses the actions, language, and attitudes of real women.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
If Seth Rogen is Judd Apatow's joker, Wiig is undoubtedly his droll and charming queen.
Dan Gear - Cut Print Review
Dan Gear - Moviedex
The first hour is one outrageously hilarious catfight. It comes at a price, though, because the second is where the girls all kiss and make-up.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The ensemble produces some decent laughs.
John Hazelton - Screen International
The comedy is sharply uneven, but written by women, it displays female sensibility and offers better roles for femmes than is the norm in mainstream fare.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
a cynical edit of . . .a sharp, funny film about the many stages, and even more permutations, of female friendships, one that was unafraid to include the ribald, the profane, and the brutally honest
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
"Bridesmaids" is first and foremost a showcase for Wiig, who surely doesn't play it safe here but still comes off as an affable everywoman with a twinkle of danger in her eye.
Stephen Saito - IFC.com
This is the sort of thing that will be beloved by many, by almost everyone who sees it.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Bridesmaids proves that modern comedies about women don't have to be insipid, boring or downright loathsome. Who knew?
Jen Yamato - Movieline
It's funny stuff, with Wiig's talent for physical comedy and way with a witty put-down providing many of the film's highlights.
Chris Tilly - IGN Movies
a four-square piece of populist fun that ranks as quite possibly the best mainstream American comedy in years.
Todd Gilchrist - Boxoffice Magazine
Slack in pacing but raucous in tone and held together throughout by Wiig's spotlight turn.
William Goss - Cinematical
The big problem with the premise is that jealousy is not funny... the film follows the same plot as all 'outrageous wedding' movies.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
Kristin Wiig is the best film comedienne since Madeline Kahn.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO