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Muriel's Wedding

Muriel's Wedding (1995)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 9

Heartfelt and quirky, though at times broad, Muriel's Wedding mixes awkward comedy, oddball Australian characters, and a nostalgia-heavy soundtrack.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 4

Heartfelt and quirky, though at times broad, Muriel's Wedding mixes awkward comedy, oddball Australian characters, and a nostalgia-heavy soundtrack.



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A socially inept young woman slowly learns to overcome her insecurities in this sleeper hit from Australia. The unconventional Muriel (Toni Collette) is deeply unsatisfied with her life, stuck in the nowhere town of Porpoise Spit and feeling rejected by her friends and family. Believing herself unattractive and worthless, she seeks meager solace in ABBA songs and fantasies of gorgeous weddings, with herself as the bride. Muriel's life takes a turn for the better, however, when she befriends the


Comedy, Romance

May 18, 1999


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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (9) | DVD (9)

This movie only shows true tact and understanding when it comes to flattering the audience; everyone on-screen is strictly up for grabs.

April 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The trouble with the movie is that there's nothing to Muriel but her false dreams: We never quite glimpse the woman they're hiding.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Most of the action is played for broad laughs, and Hogan demonstrates the ability to generate them, even if the humor is base and often cruel, making fun of people's looks and ineptitude.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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An engaging, funny and sometimes surprisingly tough romantic comedy.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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[A] gleeful, gaudy tribute to one ungainly misfit and her determination.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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There's poignant drama in this brash, sometimes overstated film, and Muriel's transformation is truly touching.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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There's a high enough feelgood factor here to compensate for the detours off the comedy highway.

April 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Another kooky Australian movie this may be, but director Hogan and his cast sustain a strange melancholic undercurrent.

April 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4

Enjoyable little film that nonetheless already feels overrated.

March 29, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Soulfully explores a young woman's journey to transformation

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

One of the finest Australian films of all time. The laughs don't stop.

April 27, 2003

So overrated. 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' for the nineties.

April 14, 2003 | Comments (2)
Juicy Cerebellum

Ultimately, the comedy here is grounded in self-hatred, hostility, and despair.

March 29, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It stars the somewhat homely Toni Collette as Muriel, whose whole purpose in life is to get married. How she does that and what happens after that are a couple of the many delightful surprises in this film.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Toni Collette gives a wonderful performance.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Toni Collette gives an incredible performance - plus, there's a great use of Abba music.

August 9, 2002

Writer-director PJ Hogan has some unexpected twists in store before his quirky farce reaches its uplifting conclusion.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source:

Great little film, well worth finding.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

There are some funny and inventive sequences here, but for the most part Muriel's Wedding is disappointingly simplistic and cliched.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Muriel's Wedding

A rocking chick flick with bouts of self-esteem issues, this Australian comedy features the original talents of Toni Colette and Rachel Griffiths. Colette's character of Muriel is not entirely original, as the derivation is of an awkward girl with fantasies of a fulfilled life alongside a man, depressed because she isn't the Barbie doll society calls her to be. Still, with an ABBA obsession and a penchant for getting into trouble with the police, Muriel is portrayed as a kooky and quirky aside to the usual dark portrayals that lead to disaster. Griffiths is already a self-fulfilled person, sex inclined and not dubious to the tall tales Muriel spins as she reinvents herself as Mariel, living in Sydney and burning bridges to her hometown of Porpoise Spit and the family that not only raised her, but ends up duped in her quest to find herself. The film grows dark, Muriel's family turning into a conflicted bunch on the brink of eruption, her wish fulfillment morphing into a life of joyless solitude, without intimacy or friendship. Though very bland on premise and plot, Muriel stills keeps some laughs rolling as well as the punches.
June 16, 2011

Super Reviewer

Muriel's Wedding is one of the first movies we see Toni Collette, and she is wonderful in the movie. Muriel rebels against her life in small town Australia, and changes her life around, although she never quite loses her dowdy self.
July 1, 2010

Super Reviewer

A chick-flick with attitude, intelligence and Abba.

Toni Collette doesn't just carry this film, she flings the damn thing into orbit. Prior to Muriel's Wedding most of us were saying "Toni who?" Now, with this role and almost every one since, she cements her status as a force to be reckoned with.
March 27, 2010
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Great film. Full review later.
February 1, 2010
Thomas Bowler

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    1. Betty Heslop: You're terrible Muriel.
    – Submitted by Colin M (12 months ago)
    1. Bill Heslop: You reap what you sow. You'd think I would have learned that growing up on a farm.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. David VanArkle: What kind of person marries someone they don't know?
    2. Muriel: You did.
    3. David VanArkle: I wanted to win. All my life, I wanted to win.
    4. Muriel: I do, too.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Muriel: Why can't it be me? Why can't I be the one?
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Muriel: I want to get married! I've always wanted to get married. If I get married it means I've changed, I'm a new person.
    2. Rhonda: How?
    3. Muriel: Because who'd want to marry me?
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Muriel: Sometimes I think I'm nothing--useless.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
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