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Miss Congeniality Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2000
It isn't bad so much as it lacks any ambition to be more than it so obviously is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 18, 2000
This film is a mess -- it can't make up its mind whether it wants to be a drama, a comedy, or an action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
December 22, 2000
Like any good beauty pageant contestant, it tries to make everyone happy, and ends up looking as if it's held together by Vaseline and duct tape.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Predictably cute and idiotically misleading.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
December 27, 2000
It's one thing to be far-fetched -- we'll put up with a lot in a broad comedy -- but it's quite another to be so absurd as to render the film utterly unbelievable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Bullock's talent for gentle farce is not enough to carry her here; there are only so many times she can get a laugh out of stumbling in her high heels and talking with her mouth full.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 22, 2000
There's a whiff of desperation about Miss Congeniality.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 21, 2000
Truly, we have mined the beauty pageant satire to death, have we not?
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
February 26, 2001
Rent Drop Dead Gorgeous if you want to see how a funny movie on the beauty pageant world is done! This is all formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 18, 2000
There could have been a better film in there.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 18, 2000
The film is completely derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
December 20, 2000
What say we let these folks take another stab at it with a better script, OK?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
December 21, 2000
It misses so many genuine opportunities for comedy that it becomes another reminder of writers not doing their homework and slapping together a paint-by-numbers plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
November 16, 2001
Bullock's confident turn cannot, alas, save this Beautiful Women Falling Down entry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremiah Kipp
ToxicUniverse.com
January 27, 2002
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Sandra Bullock still has that winning smile but little else. Someone should give this misguided star/producer some sound career advice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 11, 2005
No one does this kind of thing better than Bullock, but one wonders for how long she can pull it off. Perhaps for as long as it pays.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 18, 2000
This is minor stuff more suited to an up-and-comer than an established marquee headliner.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2000
With Bullock, you don't have time to wrap your mind around the notion that she's a butt-kicking tomboy before she's reverted to her trademark cutesy-poo act.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 21, 2000
The screenplay lacks any sense of consistency, treating all the contestants derisively -- and then trying to convince us that, deep down, they're all really wonderful women.

Irish Times
September 7, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

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August 12, 2002
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