Miss Congeniality Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
While there may not be many surprises, there's little to dislike either.
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 4, 2001
Unless you think it's a riot to watch Bullock fall over herself repeatedly in high heels, this Miss is a mess.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 7, 2001
| Original Score: C
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 22, 2000
Pro forma hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
December 22, 2000
A rinky-dink comedy.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 22, 2000
For Bullock fans, it's a delight, jolly junk in the season to be jolly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 22, 2000
There's something so friendly and unabashedly silly about this production that it pretty much won me over.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 22, 2000
Bullock is just plain funny.
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Houston Chronicle
December 22, 2000
[Caine's] performance is probably as deft as the one he gave last year in The Cider House Rules.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 22, 2000
If, as has been much noted, lampooning beauty pageants is like shooting fish in barrel, why do all the movies that attempt it end up looking sadder than the third-place runner-up?
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Sara Wildberger
Miami Herald
December 22, 2000
The players are game. Too bad they don't have much of a coach or a plan.
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
December 22, 2000
[Bullock] trips, we laugh, but we also hope she gets up -- so she can do it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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December 22, 2000
Bullock seems to be stuck in a rut of cookie-cutter roles in films with half-baked concepts.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 22, 2000
Doesn't exactly turn things around for [Bullock], but it's funny enough and agreeable enough to at least start her on the road back.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 22, 2000
A sad illustration of the decline in Hollywood screenwriting.
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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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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 22, 2000
Seems happily, deliberately second-rate, as if its ideal audience consisted of weary airline passengers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 22, 2000
It is funny and knowing, detached enough to take a bemused stance toward its calculated tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 22, 2000
There's a whiff of desperation about Miss Congeniality.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
December 21, 2000
A barrage of dangling plot strands, inconsistent characterizations, and suspense-free shootouts.
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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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 21, 2000
The jokes are lame, the set-up is stupid and Bullock, occasionally a winsome comedienne and here a co-producer, is annoying as heck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 21, 2000
Truly, we have mined the beauty pageant satire to death, have we not?
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Robert Horton
Film.com
December 21, 2000
It all coalesces in a TV-level pleasantness, which isn't quite enough to fill a big screen.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 18, 2000
Bullock proves adept at tackling a more physical brand of comedy than she has attempted in the past.
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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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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