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Bride Wars (2009)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 141
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 127

Bride Wars takes the already wearisome concept of battling bridezillas, and makes it thoroughly insufferable via a lazy script and wholly detestable characters.


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 39

Bride Wars takes the already wearisome concept of battling bridezillas, and makes it thoroughly insufferable via a lazy script and wholly detestable characters.



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A clerical error tests the lifelong friendship of two brides-to-be by scheduling their respective weddings at the famed Plaza Hotel on the exact same date in this romantic comedy starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. Ever since they were little girls, Liv (Hudson) and Emma (Hathaway) have bonded over planning their weddings down to the very last detail. Now, both in their mid-twenties, Liv and Emma have each found the men they want to spend the rest of their lives with. But while most of the



Greg DePaul, Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael

Apr 28, 2009


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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (127) | DVD (15)

You want to see Anne Hathaway in a worthy vehicle? Check out "Rachel Getting Married." You want to see Kate Hudson in a worthy vehicle?Rent a time machine.

February 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Richard | Comments (3)
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Bride Wars makes Sex and the City seem like Jane Austen.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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There's more cheer to be gained from staring outside at a bleak and desolate winterscape in the twilight of a shortened day than paying good money to endure this example of cinematic offal.

January 12, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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No cues are needed to understand the plot, which feels computer-generated and barely serves to sustain an hour and a half running time.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Director Gary Winick has long since abandoned his cool cred from Tadpole and 13 Going on 30 and given himself over to the dark side of making glossy amusements that are about as deep as staring into a snow globe.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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In the end, the movie owes its mild success to Anne Hathaway, who makes it watchable.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Bride Wars will ensnare the fairer sex like an evil goddamn tractor beam and there's nothing you can do about it. If you must go see it, take a book. Or some cyanide.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source:

Bride Wars renders its women characters as stereotypes only capable of approaching the world the way a character from a prime-time TV show might.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source:

reptilian, hateful stuff, biologically engineered to disrespect--with maximum efficiency--the precise demographic to which it targets itself.

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

It's like the Whack-a-Mole of everything reasonable people hate about so-called 'chick flicks.' [Blu-ray]

May 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Enough to make one yearn for the comparatively rich complexity of Home Improvement.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

It's a movie that mistakenly believes that we should want to like these people.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source:

There are no pleasant surprises in this partly-Boston-shot Gary Winick film.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The movie shows that life can be messy and how unrealistic it is to expect everything to be perfect on "the biggest day in a girl's life"

March 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Comment (1)
Entertainment Spectrum

the leading ladies don't provide any memorable moments other than the obvious visual gag of a cat fight between two women in wedding dresses.

March 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Sean the Movie Guy

If Bride Wars is any indication of what's to come, please let last year linger a little longer.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Often unimaginative, asinine and bland, even if you're willing to check your brain at the door and suspend your disbelief for 90 minutes.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

A movie best left at the altar.

January 22, 2009 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

Don't bother to RSVP to Bride Wars.

January 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

Shrill and shallow, 'Bride Wars' would make anyone wince at the thought of matrimony.

January 17, 2009 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A paean to friendship and conspicuous consumption that is just simply wrong. On a number of levels.

January 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

There's a good deal of potential squandered in this strained comedy, which suffers from lazy writing, miscalculated acting, perfunctory directing and general bad timing.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

[A] funny, self-consciously frothy piece of good-natured escapism.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Eighty-eight minutes and 14 seconds of pure, unadulterated piffle.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Bride Wars

Two bestfriends have planned their weddings their whole lives for June at the Plaza. They both get engaged at the same time and the wedding is double booked. They do everything to sabotage each other's weddings. Very funny movie and cast.
April 28, 2013
T Tsang

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I think the reason I dislike this film so much is because it is so awful but the fact that I'm currently planning my own wedding might have helped. Vacuous people being nasty to each other for 90 mins with no real pay off, not my idea of a great film.
September 12, 2011

Super Reviewer

An ok if nothing special comedy as 2 life long best friends try to out do each other for their dream wedding day. Quite a good cast and it has a few funny moments as they take increasing steps to get back at each other. Otherwise quite predictable.
July 2, 2011

Super Reviewer

Hilarious! Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway thrive off each other. Brilliant!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

    1. Marion St. Claire: Sometimes in life there really are bonds formed that can never be broken. Sometimes you really can find that one person who will stand by you no matter what. Maybe you'll find it in a spouse and celebrate it with your dream wedding. But theres also the chance that the person you can count on for a lifetime, the person who knows you sometimes better than you know yourself, is the same person who's been standing beside you all along.
    – Submitted by Facebook U (22 months ago)
    1. Emma: [to Liv] Your wedding's gonna be huge, just like your ass at prom.
    – Submitted by Kristen K (2 years ago)
    1. Marion St. Claire: Angela, for example, will die dead.
    – Submitted by Aneth F (2 years ago)
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