We don't feel much of anything.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
[An] obtuse, prettily decorative comedy.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
After too long dulling down in duds like Mary Reilly, [Roberts] dazzles again.
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
A misbegotten attempt to update the genre that only proves the enduring -- if not downright inviolable -- appeal of the boy-meets-girl scenario.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
A romantic comedy conspicuously lacking either romance or comedy.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
The screenplay has never been on autopilot; it just fooled us into thinking it was, in order to sneak up on the unpredictability.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The draggy narrative of this 1997 comedy is tough to sit through -- there are even several overproduced musical numbers -- but it does have an intriguing subversive element that I don't want to give away.
Lisa Alspector - Chicago Reader
In the eleventh hour, a little romance creeps into this distinctly unromantic comedy.
Gina Fattore - Chicago Reader
Emotionally, this is a movie that just doesn't compute. You leave feeling cross, as if you've been tricked.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Anchored by skilled comedienne Julia Roberts, this skewered variation on jealousy and the wrong woman doing battle in the aisles is a winning balance of the familiar and the novel.
Leonard Klady - Variety
Every once in a long while, along comes a refreshing change like My Best Friend's Wedding, a movie whose appeal rests largely on its knack for defying our expectations by riffing off, even undermining, a familiar genre.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
My Best Friend's Wedding has a bit of an edge and enough intelligence to keep it from drowning in the kind of mawkish sentimentality that often makes this sort of movie hard-to-swallow.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Roberts puts her heart into this one. Audiences are likely to return the favor.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
My Best Friend's Wedding feels repetitive at times, but its star power and willingness to undercut convention come through at the end.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A poor imitation of a screwball comedy.
Heather Boerner - Common Sense Media
Hogan's follow-up to Muriel's Wedding rolls smoothly over the bumps in the plot, oiled by a witty acerbic script and strong central performances.
This amiable comedy may not be hugely sophisticated, but Hogan does manage to make his attractive leads look like complete idiots, no mean achievement in image-obsessed Hollywood.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
The Roberts audiences knew and loved is back--not only has the smile returned, but also the glow, the joy of performance.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The film's brazen amorality gradually freezes the smile on your face.
- Time Out
For those of us not so enthralled with Ms. Roberts, you'll have to endure the movie, but will be mildly entertained with good, old music and some stellar comedy provided almost entirely by Rupert Everett.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A romantic comedy that is both mawkish and subversive.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A cheeky comedy that rates at least three bouquets.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
A romantic comedy significantly darker, more realistic and more intelligent than Hollywood examples of the same genre.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
This delightful comedy about love, friendship and the hazards of lying comes not a moment too soon for anyone overwhelmed by the current glut of summer movie mayhem.
Jim Shelby - Palo Alto Weekly
[The film's] virtues...make such a vivid and appealing impression that we forget, ignore, or fail even to notice those elements that are less successful.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Not only does this modern-day screwball romp manage to be romantic and comical, it also offers Julia Roberts a chance to shine again in the kind of movie that she does best.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Hey, I actually really liked this picture.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
[Julia Roberts] is at her vibrant best.
Ruthe Stein - San Francisco Chronicle
There are many humorous moments throughout, though some of the more outrageous segments seem too contrivedly wacky.
Christine Phillips - Boxoffice Magazine
My Best Friend's Wedding is a well-paced fun flick that women will enjoy and men will too if they are on a date.
Leslie Rigoulot - Film Scouts
A rare kind of film that will send you back to the streets feeling giddy.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Fall-down funny moments.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Everett is very charming.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Is there a more charisma-bereft actor in Hollywood than Dermot Mulroney?
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Fairly entertaining, thanks to a few unexpected bursts of irreverence.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A farce-comedy, it must thrive, if it's to do so, on sparkle. But the bubbles are sparse, partly because of Roberts's low fizz level.
Stanley Kauffmann - New Republic
This is the thinking man's romantic comedy and a contender for the best of that genre for the decade.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
One of the things that makes My Best Friend's Wedding such a terrific romantic comedy is that it refuses to play it safe.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Any actress who can, in the same film, carry off slapstick, femme fatale-ism, nail-spitting cynicism, and sweet vulnerability has something special going for her.
Russell Smith - Austin Chronicle
A screwball comedy that's decidedly lacking in screwballs.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Light and frothy, enjoyable for some, irritating to others.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
It's funny as hell -- not in a rolling-in-the-aisles kind of way -- but in the sly smile, knowing glance, growling chuckle kind of way.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
A wonderful commingling of talent both on-screen and off.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Echoes of Roberts' personal life slop over into the plot with the alacrity of a foot fungus doing the two-step in the locker room of a high school gym.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
An uneasy mix of well-realized humor and unrealized sadness.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
This one is being pushed as Julia Roberts's return to Pretty Woman form, and, sadly, it might be just that.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Although there are many laughs, this frustrating movie has more missed opportunities than realized ones.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
My Best Friend's Wedding is effective -- some might say manipulative -- at winning you over to its side.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
This feel-good, off-beat romantic comedy oozes charm, allowing Julia Roberts to shine in the kind of role that she does best.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
It is the perfect movie to see if you figure you can't stomach another summer action flick.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Continuing his good luck with matrimony, director Hogan marries broad humor with subtle observations.
- E! Online
Roberts, despite being required to fall through doors and tumble from chairs more often than is truly necessary, handles the material with exactly the right level of skill and charm.
Caroline Westbrook - Empire Magazine
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
What I found unbelievable and unable to forgive, much of what the audiences were blindly exculpatory to, was the wicked, insideousness of Julia Roberts' character.
Greg Muskewitz - eFilmCritic.com
Surprisingly unique and darkly funny.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire