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27 Dresses (2008)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 149
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 88

The filmmakers perfectly follow the well-worn romantic comedy formula, rendering 27 Dresses clichéd and mostly forgettable.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 26

The filmmakers perfectly follow the well-worn romantic comedy formula, rendering 27 Dresses clichéd and mostly forgettable.



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Jane is an idealistic, romantic and completely selfless woman--a perennial bridal attendant whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. But, when younger sister Tess captures the heart of Jane's boss--with whom she is secretly in love--Jane begins to reexamine her "always-a-bridesmaid" lifestyle.


Comedy, Romance

Aline Brosh McKenna

Apr 29, 2008


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All Critics (153) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (88) | DVD (13)

hops along merrily enough thanks to an engaging turn from Heigl, who's nailed the unusually-pretty-girl-next-door act while embracing physical and risqué comedy.

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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27 Dresses is so flimsy it gives froth a bad name.

January 23, 2008
Rolling Stone
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Katherine Heigl carries 27 Dresses when all else fails, which it does with great regularity.

January 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Talk about setting the woman's movement back by about a half-century.

January 22, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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The biggest disappointment of 27 Dresses is that it inhabits a Harlequin romance New York City, one remarkably short on homosexuals and divorce.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source:
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Certainly Heigl fares better in less formulaic fare, such as Judd Apatow's irreverent Knocked Up, but she does raise the level of this chick flick from bland to mildly entertaining.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Undeniably appealing because of Katherine Heigl.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source:

27 Dresses is formulaic, predictable and unoriginal, but romantic comedies would be burned at the stake if they didn't follow the strict guidelines above - it's almost kinda fun seeing it hit all of its marks.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

there's a desire to see their characters displaced into a better film with more on its mind than to be better than it should be because of its casting director.

July 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Well cast, slickly produced and performed with enough spirit to somewhat counterbalance its frequently stupendous lack of originality and plausibility. Still not quite good enough, though...

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Hugely enjoyable, frequently funny romantic comedy with a superb script and a terrific central performance from Katherine Heigl.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

An insult to the romantic comedy.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source:

There are only a few moments that feel genuine and allow Katherine Heigel to smile. 27 Dresses is chock-full of cheese and eventually runs out of material.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

This movie isn't anything special, but it's well done and generally pleasing. It's a nice, subtle and safe romantic comedy that will please fans of the genre.

August 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

27 Dresses can be worked out just like a long division problem. The story offers up the problem and then it just works its way out to the perfect mathematical solution in the end.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

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May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comments (2)
Movies for the Masses

Writer Aline Brosh McKenna's latest effort instructs women to be doormats for men who treat them like crap, because heaven forbid they wind up never getting married.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC | Comments (3)

Much like her character in Knocked Up, Heigl here just can't seem to keep her distance from guy trouble or her libido in check, every time she hits the booze at a convenient bar in the vicinity.

April 30, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

It's 'chick flicks' like this that give all chick flicks a bad name.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

This film uses the same formula, but it executes the formula better than most other romantic comedies do.

April 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Is Katherine Heigl the new Meg Ryan? The fitfully entertaining 27 Dresses suggests just that.

April 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Katherine Heigl proves she deserves leading-lady status in this predictable but entertaining romantic comedy...

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The redeeming thing - and it's really all in Heigl's performance - is that Jane knows she's a silly cliché, and spends most of the movie inwardly wincing at her own haplessness.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

What a maddening waste of Katherine Heigl this insipid romantic comedy is.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

If you are looking for a bit of dippy romance at the cinema, this is worth trying on for size.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

The story requires an antagonist, so Jane's sister is painted as a monster for most of the film. At the end, however, she is reshaped as Jane's close friend and confidante. The film's credibility crumbles like stale wedding cake.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for 27 Dresses

27 Dresses is a pointless, overdone, clichéd and predictable mess of a movie. I really hated the film, and thought it was a pointless affair that just relied on a poorly written script that doesn't offer anything entertaining or fun for the viewer. This is the type of film that relies on a strained, overdone formula, thus it suffers from start to finish. 27 Dresses just fails in terms of a comedy and is a painful movie, even by Rom-com standards. If you're looking for a fun, and entertaining genre comedy, watch Bridesmaids instead. This is just a film to be avoided and it just ends up being one of those pictures that was made to make a lot of money without thinking twice about creating worth seeing. In terms of talent, the cast is horrible, and none bring anything that can salvage this train wreck of a film. This is not worth your time, and if you're looking for a good rom-com, you won't find it. The film just fails on every single front, and it joins the long list of stupid genre comedies that ultimately fail to bring anything worthwhile to the genre. Avoid 27 Dresses, you'll be glad you did, it is a poorly constructed film that just doesn't satisfy the viewer. Even the target audience will surely think that this film is horrible and a dull, boring clichéd affair that really fails in terms of entertainment. Katherine Heigl is a horrible actress and should just quit acting. I find her really bland and quite frankly a forgettable actress. Her work will most likely be forgotten in another decade and she has no screen presence or acting ability. 27 Dresses is a film that should be avoided.
September 23, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Two and a half stars is not a great rating, by any stretch, but I should note that I enjoyed this movie more than expected. I credit a lot of it to James Marsden. What was hard for me was believing in Katherine Heigl. The hardest part of acting is acting naturally, and I don't think there's anything natural about her whatsoever. I felt the same way about Malin Akerman. I could see them both acting. The story, however, is strong and the dialogue isn't too corny, and aside from the irrecoverable time spent on a Benny and the Jets singalong, it's a watchable movie. Not one I'll see again, but something guys can deal with when it's their girlfriends' turn to choose...
September 7, 2011

Super Reviewer

She's about to find the perfect fit.

Saw it again! It was fun and entertaining. I'm one of the few guys in this world that like chick flicks so that's why I liked it. Nice cast

Two things about Jane: she never says no to her friends (she's been a bridesmaid 27 times and selflessly plans friends' weddings), and she's in love with her boss, George, nurturing dreams of a lovely, romantic wedding of her own. She meets Kevin, a cynical writer who finds her attractive, and that same week her flirtatious younger sister Tess comes to town. Jane silently watches George fall for Tess, a manipulative pretender. Worse, Jane may be called upon to plan their wedding. Meanwhile, Kevin tries to get Jane's attention and has an idea that may advance his career. Can Jane uncork her feelings?
August 22, 2011
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Really funny film and a great romantic comedy!
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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    1. Jane Nichols: I am a very - good - caulker.
    2. Kevin: Likes caulk. [he says into his recorder]
    – Submitted by Laura F (2 years ago)
    1. Kevin: What color is that? Vomit?
    – Submitted by joey v (2 years ago)
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