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The Wedding Date Reviews

Justin Chang
Variety
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Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: D

February 19, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 19, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Nothing says true love like a movie about a desperate, neurotic woman who hires a male whore to take her to her sister's wedding so she can make the ex-fiance jealous. I wonder if they have a Vermont Teddy Bear for that?

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 14, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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This is a charmless, lifeless affair that had me leaving the theater in a mood more appropriate to a funeral than a wedding.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

February 10, 2005
Jennifer Snow
Village Voice
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Clare Kilner's cast frolics in the countryside in an appropriately British-romantic-comedy fashion, and at times the characters trade silly snaps, but Dana Fox's screenplay is structurally shaky.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 8, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Mulroney is a stealth actor: Whenever you see him in a picture, you're not just reminded of how good he almost always is -- you have the sense of discovering it for the first time.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 4, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Admittedly, no part of the year is immune to bad romantic comedies. But what distinguishes The Wedding Date, what qualifies it so impeccably for turkey season, goes way beyond generic foulness.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

February 4, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Like a bridal shower, it's probably more fun if you have some champagne first. Perhaps some enterprising theater manager will consider this.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 4, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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An epic comic miscalculation.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

February 4, 2005
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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It is in no way a match made in heaven.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 4, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Not a single scene connects smoothly with the next, characters make head-scratching choices that come out of nowhere and logic consistently proves itself an enemy to be avoided at all costs.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 4, 2005
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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The film has an energetic grace, directed with fluid efficiency by Clare Kilner.

February 4, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Why Kat must be so emotionally clueless or her sister so selfish is a mystery that invites an essay about what women think of each other these days.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

February 4, 2005
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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This particular wedding-cake walk does feature the excellent comedic timing of Debra Messing and the charm and sex appeal of Dermot Mulroney, which will likely combine to make this film a hit with the date crowd.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

February 4, 2005
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Even if we could buy the contrived setup (right: Debra Messing needs to buy a date), there is no thought to fleshing out the characters.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

February 4, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Messing should know this is precisely the kind of movie Grace would ridicule Will for dragging her to see.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

February 4, 2005
Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
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Don't bother asking how an Ivy League guy would end up hooking. Such a query could only lead to some dark answers, answers that the filmmakers have no interest in dealing with but which would make for a much more interesting movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 4, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A fairly mediocre film, not nearly as funny as it should be, nor as heartfelt.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 4, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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From the look of it, poor Debra Messing's first starring vehicle was an unmitigated disaster even before the cameras started rolling.

| Original Score: 0/4

February 4, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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There is not a single memorable joke or line of dialogue in it, something that even the dumbest of comedies usually delivers.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 4, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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This is a movie that wants to break out and be tepid. It would like to dare to be tepid. But it just can't find the energy.

| Original Score: D

February 4, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Wedding Date presents the curious case of two appealing performances surviving a bombardment of schlock.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 4, 2005
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Just why Jeffrey dumped Kat is a revelation so unsavory that this initially breezy movie sinks beneath its weight, despite the frantic efforts of first-time screenwriter Dana Fox and director Clare Kilner.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 3, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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The movie goes wrong from the start by simply throwing us into the action and asking us to identify with Messing's desperate scheme.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 3, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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How does Kat feel about falling in love with a high-priced escort? What prompts Nick's lightning-bolt conversion to unpaid monogamy? What kind of work can a former comp lit major expect to find in the world? These and other questions are left unanswered.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 3, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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All surface and no soul. Come to think of it, the surface isn't so darned hot either.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 3, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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As far as Big Day experiences go, a drunken speech from a distant relative would be far more entertaining -- and funnier -- than The Wedding Date.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 3, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Even the most ardent evacuees from Super Bowl madness will recognize the familiar road map that the screenplay diligently follows.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

February 3, 2005
Anita Gates
New York Times
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Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney star in a romantic comedy that struggles to capture the charm and ebullience of Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 3, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Mulroney, best known as the title character in Roberts' comedy My Best Friend's Wedding, is by far the best thing about this gaggingly unromantic comedy. His character's bio, divulged in a thumbnail, is the least convincing thing.

| Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Scenes don't build momentum, and I don't think I've ever seen a feature where so many lines of dialogue were delivered by actors hovering off-screen or standing with their backs to the camera.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2005
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Dana Fox's script is all setup, skimping on the quirky character touches and comedic flourishes that could make a predictable outcome gratifying.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 3, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Too bad the filmmakers felt compelled to give this sufficiently charming doodle some emotional heft by veering into Four Weddings and a Funeral territory. It only distracts you from The Wedding Date's own modest charms.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

February 3, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A tossed bouquet full of dead flowers and bad jokes that belongs in the nearest trash receptacle.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 3, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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So many body parts from other engineered romantic comedies have been crudely harvested and stitched together in the making of this weird robotic lark that Maid of Honor of Frankenstein might be more useful a nickname.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

February 2, 2005
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