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Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

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95

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 3

While frothy to a fault, Four Weddings and a Funeral features irresistibly breezy humor, and winsome performances from Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.

87

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 2

While frothy to a fault, Four Weddings and a Funeral features irresistibly breezy humor, and winsome performances from Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.

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74

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 183,491

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This acclaimed British comedy centers on the intermittent romance between a charming (if slightly bumbling) Englishman and a beautiful American woman, who seem to always run into each other at weddings. Indeed, it is at the first of the title's four weddings that Charles (Hugh Grant) and Carrie (Andie McDowell) meet, enjoying a brief but fleeting connection. The spark is rekindled several months later, when they unexpectedly meet at another wedding. Unfortunately, however, Carrie has become

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Sep 7, 1999

Gramercy Pictures

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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (3) | DVD (19)

Although the film is basically a light romantic comedy, it couldn't be more psychologically astute in its portrait of a man who defines himself by his bachelorhood, which empowers him to get past his fear of commitment.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Deftly written by Richard Curtis and directed by the versatile Mike Newell, Four Weddings is as good as its word, breezily following a small circle of friends through every one of the events the title promises.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Four Weddings and a Funeral is one of those rare films that have you smiling from the get-go, and keep you that way -- with a few well-earned poignant interludes (including, of all things, a reading of W.H. Auden) -- right to the end.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Hugh Grant's body English captures every nuance of his character's confusion precisely and hilariously.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The setup is too arch to support the movie's detour into poignance, though John Hannah does give a moving reading of W. H. Auden's "Funeral Blues."

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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The infectious charm and sunny goodwill of Four Weddings and a Funeral can so immediately buoy a soul ravaged by winter weather and winter movies.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Most of the acting is first-rate, with special credit going to Grant as the hero and Simon Callow in a memorable supporting role.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

The pitch-perfect profanity, bumbling romanticism and Hugh Grant's floppy-fringed charm remain enduringly, endearingly funny.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Four Weddings and a Funeral is a rare movie commodity, an adult comedy that takes a mostly smart, mordant approach to such topics as sex and romance.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

If anyone asks if you want to see Four Weddings and a Funeral, just say "I do."

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Neatly structured and full of genuine warmth for its characters, Richard Curtis's Oscar-nominated screenplay is superbly observed and well served by Mike Newell's deft direction.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

As directed with a light touch by Mike Newell, there's little doubt as to where it is going or how it will be resolved. That's all right, since getting there is so much fun.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The movie dazzles with its slick lines, but there's a situational intelligence at play too.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Conveys everything that is hilariously and poignantly true about the ceremonies we use to tie the knot and bid loved ones farewell.

February 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Not everything works out neatly for everyone, but life seems a little better by the end of two hours' struggle, for the characters and for the audience. [Blu-ray]

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Sexy, funny, romantic comedy at its finest.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

British films are rarely as funny or as charming.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A witty romantic comedy with a sardonic edge.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Four Weddings and a Funeral

Its the work of the director, Mike Newell, that juices this bit of contrivance that has Grant and MacDowell (whom you instantly surmise will be together by film's end) always brushing into one another, their friends ever intruding, only to break up right before committing to a committed relationship (Hey, that's coitus interruptus!). Newell manages to keep the obviousness of the contrivance from putting you off film altogether while the friends mainly try to keep their excitement about being onscreen at all from being too apparent.
May 28, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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A flawed classic. Full review coming soon!
February 1, 2013
danperry17

Super Reviewer

I have now watched this movie twice and i still don't understand why this movie is rated high.
Yes it has a huge, wonderful cast and Richard Curtis is a delightful writer, however this movie is just boring and predictable from the start. you really don't have to watch the whole two hours of this movie in order to know where its going and whats its about.
If this is the best of British Comedy then i'd be very worried!

A mediocre movie, an obvious plot but a good cast and funny moments.
February 6, 2012
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

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Carrie: I think we both missed a great opportunity here. 

"Five good reasons to stay single."

Four Weddings and a Funeral is a pretty good film when it comes to romantic comedies. It, however, didn't really suit my taste. I laughed here and there. I was able to enjoy some clever dialogue. I easily sat through the whole thing. But I can't really say whether I liked it or not. I will say I liked it more than most romantic comedies.

As far as the cast goes, Hugh Grant was decent. Simon Callow was terrific. Rowan Atkinson was there, which is never a good thing. Andie McDowell was bad and Kristin Scott Penn wasn't used as well as she could have been. The movie is obviously split up into five gatherings, four of which being weddings and one is a funeral; surprise, surprise. At each of the social gatherings Charles and Carrie run into each other. In ways the film reminds me of a inferior When Harry Met Sally. They connect the first time they meet, but go their separate ways, just to meet again. Then they go their separate ways again. It's all very predictable, but still not horrible.

What does make this better than the standard romantic comedy is the that the movie does have clever dialogue and did make me laugh here and there. It was relentlessly funny, but it was just enough. The dialogue fits Hugh Grant to perfection. It's just a shame that some of it has to come out of Andie McDowells mouth. I don't hate her nearly as much as some, but her performance really took away from this becoming a great film. Overall it's not as spectacular as I was lead to believe, but it is passable. 
September 29, 2011
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Melvin White

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    1. Henrietta: You see, you're turning into a kind of serial monogamist. One girlfriend after another, yet you never really let anyone near you. On the contrary... You're affectionate to them and sweet to them. Even to me, although you thought I was an idiot.
    2. Charles: I did not.
    3. Henrietta: You did. I thought U2 was a type of submarine
    4. Charles: In a way, you were right. Their music has a naval quality.
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