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Bride and Prejudice

Bride and Prejudice (2004)

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64

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 85 | Rotten: 47

A colorful and energetic adaptation of Austen's classic.

80

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 7

A colorful and energetic adaptation of Austen's classic.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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The very British sensibilities of Jane Austen are introduced to the exotic flavors of the Bollywood musical in this romantic comedy with songs from the director of Bend It Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha. Lalita Bakshi (Aishwarya Rai) is the lovely and eligible daughter of her socially ambitious mother and father (Nadira Babbar and Anupam Kher). Mother and father want to be sure that Lalita, the most beautiful of their four daughters, settles down with a man worthy of her, but she has proven

Jul 5, 2005

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Every so often, the unseen managers of the galaxy bestow on us mere mortals a vision of rare incongruous beauty: a solar eclipse, a streaking comet, a shooting star, Bollywood goddess Aishwarya Rai happily riding a tractor.

August 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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By the time two newlywed couples lumber toward their honeymoons atop bejeweled elephants, the movie's frothy excess and good humor can make you say 'I do,' too.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Who would have guessed that transposing the Bennet family of Netherfield Park in 1790s Britain to a middle-class home in contemporary Amritsar, India would require so little forcing?

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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If you're not giggling or tapping your feet or swaying back and forth in your seat during this one, have someone check your pulse.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Henderson, whose bland good looks, troubling '80s haircut and vanilla personality call to mind a younger, boring Matthew Modine, registers as flat and lifeless amid the film's gorgeous, energetic swirl.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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What is silly about Bride is also what makes it special. That and its leading lady, the luminous Aishwarya Rai.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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If you want a wacky multicultural pairing to make you laugh a lot and learn a little, head for the movie theater playing Bride & Prejudice.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

... a funny, festive, genre-bending adaptation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Frothy, feel-good fun.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Austen goes to Bollywood.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The Austen story is a true delight...

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Wordmag.com
Wordmag.com

Do we really need more adaptations of Pride & Prejudice?

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Or, how to use only the worst parts of three different genres.

July 20, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Its weakness is its bland predictability. But for the fan of Bollywood films or old-fashioned romances, its weakness may be its strength.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Bride & Prejudice is like a curry milkshake or Tandoori kippers. It's a mix that some might find appetizing, but it doesn't quite come off.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Rental With Snacks only because it didn't do a lot to reinvent the source material, but it does deserve to be seen in raging giant screen Technicolor.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinerina

It's impossible not to be charmed by Chadha's direction and the movie's sheer invention.

April 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Prior knowledge of Austen's plot is not essential to enjoying 'Bride,' but a willingness to roll along with Chadha's zany ideas is.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

There's much to like about Bride & Prejudice...but the end result looks and feels like a cut-rate version of the Bollywood and Hollywood sensibilities.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Whacky Bollywood update of British author Jane Austen's caustic comedy of manners of some 200 years ago.

March 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The insertion of musical numbers into the plotline can be alternately charming or downright intrusive, depending on the songs' highly varying quality, as well as the dubbed voices of the performers.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

As Monsoon Wedding was to Crouching Tiger, Bride and Prejudice is in a measure to, say, Rumble in the Bronx or Jackie Chan's First Strike.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

While the film is slightly flawed, it is impossible to outright dislike it.

March 16, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

A colorful, high-energy musical that sizzles in this East-meets-West clash of cultures.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

Audience Reviews for Bride and Prejudice

Yeah just no. Full review later.
July 14, 2010
TomBowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

I'm not a huge fan of Bollywood films (I've seen quite a few, back in the late 90's they used to show them at about midnight on channel 4, I had insomnia back then and used to watch them as there was nothing else on) neither am I a big fan of Jane Austen but I gave it a go anyway. I didn't like it. Gurinder Chadha was a good director, Bhaji on the Beach was a brilliant British/Indian film but nowadays she seems more interested in making money by churning out soul-less crap like this. It's a complete mess. The editing is dodgy, the direction is shakey, there is no character development, the acting wooden (Martin Henderson is a cardboard cut-out) and no amount of bright colours can make up for that and for a musical the music was pretty poor too! Don't get me started on the stereotypes. Avoid.
January 26, 2010
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Really great comedy of presently Jane Austen story in Bollywood. The first time I ever watched part of fantasy and musical in Indian version that looks cool since 1940 to 1980s American musical movies. Oh gee... Indian goddess superstar, Aishwarya Rai, looks really beautiful.
May 5, 2007
deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

interesting twist on familiar story should have had stronger male leads.
April 6, 2007
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jay nixon

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