As a film, however, item misses its mark, failing to capitalize on the staccato rhythms and sardonic wit of Bridget's inner life.
It's so aggressive you don't even have to like it; the movie likes itself well enough for the both of you.
Ms. Zellweger makes the most of what she's given and manages to triumph time and again over her pratfalls and public rump displays. In a word, she's terrific.
This ultra-hyped adaptation of the ultra-successful Helen Fielding novel sends you out with a smile on your face.
It's Zellweger's unselfishness that sells the movie. How many other young actresses would be willing to let a movie make fun of their fat thighs?
Yes, the movie adaptation is just fine, thank you.
| Original Score: 3/4
The film tries to position itself as a comic anthem for unshackled single-womanhood, but it's aimed at the bland middle.
How can you celebrate a movie in which Zellweger doesn't soar but simply avoids disaster?
| Original Score: 2/5
All power to Firth the actor. He's the compleat Darcy, and he never wavers.
| Original Score: 4/5
Where the highly likable actress [Zellweger] proves most valuable is in making us adore this insecure, clumsy, contradictory creature.
Let me say in Bridget Jonesy fashion that Zellweger is an irresistible sex goddess, hurrah!!!
The movie is often clunkily paced and edited.
Zips along at a laugh-a-minute pace and fully involves the viewer in Bridget's little slice of life.
| Original Score: 4/4
The script is teasingly, pleasingly raunchy in places.
The thrust of the story is how miserable it is being a single young woman while still making it look like a lark.
Warm and charming and often witty, it's as good a romantic comedy as has come out for some time.
Time and again, we find ourselves unsure how to respond.
Women here and abroad are going to laugh with her, cry with her, steam with her, frost with her and totally identify after this gloriously full, heartfelt, generous performance.
It's glib when it should be witty, flat in situations demanding heels and wants us to believe that an actress celebrated for her beauty would perceive herself as unappealing.
You feel like Diary is using its initial originality just to set you up for the same old thing.
A story like this can't work unless we feel unconditional affection for the heroine, and casting Zellweger achieves that.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Zellweger's Bridget is my kind of schlump.
She had me from 'Hello.'
A delicious piece of candy whose amusing package is scrawled with bons mots distantly inspired by Jane Austen.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
The script ... loses sight of the book's breezy wit and stacks up implausibilities as high as Bridget's half-eaten boxes of Cadbury's Milk Tray.
Cheerful, cheeky entertainment.
One imagines Bridget Jones attending the film and then writing about it later in her diary, and the likelihood of her savaging the evening seems high.
True to its source and full of the book's trademark wit, style and good humor.
What we have here are three hilarious performances embedded in a humdrum context, which is more than one can say about most romantic comedies.
I'm ... impressed by [Zellweger's] impersonation of ordinariness, especially after seeing her looking so slinky-glam in her lemon-drop gown on Oscar night.
As a romantic comedy, the movie works better than most.
Zellweger is, in fact, thoroughly charming and believably British in the role.
| Original Score: B
It's chock-full of delights.
The three-act structure is too predictable, and at 90 minutes, feels both draggy and hacked to the bone.
Features one of the most endearing and believable characters to grace the screen this year.
Delivers frisky fun for bruised romantics regardless of age, sex or nationality.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
A film full of wit, warmth and honest, knowing humor, topped off with a plethora of excellent performances.