It isn't bad so much as it lacks any ambition to be more than it so obviously is.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
Predictably cute and idiotically misleading.
| Original Score: C-
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.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
There's a whiff of desperation about Miss Congeniality.
Truly, we have mined the beauty pageant satire to death, have we not?
Rent Drop Dead Gorgeous if you want to see how a funny movie on the beauty pageant world is done! This is all formula.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
There could have been a better film in there.
| Original Score: 6/10
The film is completely derivative.
What say we let these folks take another stab at it with a better script, OK?
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
Bullock's confident turn cannot, alas, save this Beautiful Women Falling Down entry.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Sandra Bullock still has that winning smile but little else. Someone should give this misguided star/producer some sound career advice.
| Original Score: 3/10
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
This is minor stuff more suited to an up-and-comer than an established marquee headliner.
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.
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.