Bride and Prejudice Reviews


Time Out
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February 9, 2006


AV Club
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September 26, 2005

Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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August 19, 2005

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.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 2005

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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February 25, 2005

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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February 25, 2005

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?

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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February 25, 2005

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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February 25, 2005

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.

Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
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February 25, 2005

What is silly about Bride is also what makes it special. That and its leading lady, the luminous Aishwarya Rai.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
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February 24, 2005

For those who love this kind of stuff, it's pure popcorn pleasure.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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February 18, 2005

The lyrics for the musical numbers are delightfully clever, the dancing has an energetic, let's-put-on-a-show quality, and the movie is as gorgeous to look at as its cast.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
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February 11, 2005

A big, sprawling, sweet-natured mishmash with plots upon subplots and enough characters to make the head spin.

Claudia Puig
USA Today
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February 11, 2005

This feels more like a mixed-up Bollywood sitcom.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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February 11, 2005

Watch it as a movie musical and you may be disappointed; watch it as an experiment in genres and be intrigued; watch it for the birth of an international star and be dazzled.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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February 11, 2005

Bollywood films often match musical spectacle with heightened drama, but Bride & Prejudice lacks even mild drama, and its absence becomes glaring once the music stops.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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February 11, 2005

Bride and Prejudice is bright, colorful, and exhilarating, and brings new dimensions to a story that has been told so many times that it's astounding to recognize that someone has found a fresh perspective.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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February 11, 2005

Though nobody will mistake it for the real thing, Bride & Prejudice is the best attempt at adapting Bollywood style to Western tastes since Moulin Rouge.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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February 11, 2005

A colorful cavort in songs and saris, Bride & Prejudice has infectious high spirits, though its showmanship upstages plot and characters.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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February 11, 2005

It's joyous, and the colorful cacophony of phoniness becomes it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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February 11, 2005

It's part sitcom, part musical comedy and all extremely silly.

| Original Score: C+
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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February 11, 2005

Bride & Prejudice is a fun family movie, with eye candy for everyone in the audience.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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February 11, 2005

A free-spirited adaptation of the Jane Austen novel.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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February 11, 2005

Gurinder Chadha's Bride and Prejudice is a pretty movie, but it's also a pretty crazy one.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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February 11, 2005

In attempting to show us a love blind to class, culture, and color, [Chadha has] also made it bland.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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February 10, 2005

It's hard not to warm to this brash, slaphappy, Technicolored lummox of a movie as it coasts to a wonderfully daffy conclusion at the Santa Monica Pier.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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February 10, 2005

There's a real sense of unbridled spectacle here, which extends to putting a gospel choir on the beach in Santa Monica for the film's L.A. sequences, and it's best to simply let it all wash over you.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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February 10, 2005

Chadha proves that Austen's material is timeless, but not tireless.

| Original Score: 1.5/4
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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February 10, 2005

A more-than-pleasant diversion.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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February 10, 2005

Gurinder Chadha's film, which transports Jane Austen's 1813 novel to 21st-century India, is as high concept and rife with cliche as anything ever churned out by Hollywood.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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February 10, 2005

Bride works because of its heedless, heart-on-its-sleeve spirit.

Gene Seymour
Newsday
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February 10, 2005

Bride & Prejudice may not be necessary. Sometimes it isn't even fun. But it never stops jumping.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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February 10, 2005

Bride very well may be the first not-so-great film since Viva Las Vegas that I watched with an ear-to-ear grin throughout. It's pure pleasure.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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February 10, 2005

It's not insightful, but it sure is a lot of fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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February 9, 2005

This festively busy and exuberantly multicultural charmer is its own intriguingly postmodern creation -- a savory entertainment as irresistibly faux-exotic as a Putumayo CD sampler of world music.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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January 31, 2005

Go see this on the big screen to fully appreciate the vibrant colors and music.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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January 27, 2005

Purists who think Austen will be spinning in her grave will be wrong. She'll be dancing.

| Original Score: 3/4
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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October 19, 2004

Resistance to the picture's evident wish to please becomes futile. In the end, it's impossible not to smile.

Derek Elley
Variety
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October 6, 2004

Delights in setting itself up as a target for cultural purists but triumphs with its devil-may-care, good-humored fun.