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The Wedding Planner (2001)


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 86

Critics Consensus: Instead of being light and charming, this romantic comedy is heavy-handed and contrived in its execution. Also, it's too unoriginal.

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: Instead of being light and charming, this romantic comedy is heavy-handed and contrived in its execution. Also, it's too unoriginal.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 482,783



Movie Info

This lighthearted romantic comedy in the tradition of Runaway Bride (1999) casts Jennifer Lopez in the Julia Roberts mold. Lopez stars as Mary Fiore, an ambitious and successful San Francisco wedding planner who works only for the most wealthy and exclusive clients but who is also a perpetual single. Pressured by her father Sal (Alex Rocco) to settle down, Mary is saved from a collision with an out of control dumpster by Steve Edison (Matthew McConaughey), a successful pediatrician. After … More

PG-13 (for language and some sexual humor)
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Pamela Falk , Michael Ellis , Andrea King
In Theaters:
Jul 3, 2001
Box Office:
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Wedding Planner

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (86) | DVD (18)

Suffers particularly in inevitable comparison with My Best Friend's Wedding.

Full Review… | January 31, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

McConaughey is insufferably smug as always, while the bewilderingly miscast Diva appears bored and impatient.

Full Review… | January 31, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

Occasionally so inept and embarrassing that it's almost physically painful to sit through.

Full Review… | January 29, 2001
Top Critic

It runs of romance and it runs out of laughs.

January 29, 2001
Good Morning America
Top Critic

So insipid, so willfully bland, that it will probably need no nips, tucks, trims or bleeps to be ready for flight play.

January 26, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Disappointing would-be romantic comedy with innuendo.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Not so much a movie than just another tool in the entertainment-world-domination plot concocted by the burgeoning, big-butt-blessed multimedia phenomenon nicknamed J. Lo.

Full Review… | March 26, 2010

The script recycles every cliché you could possibly imagine (and then some).

February 24, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

The Wedding Planner is a bit of fluff, but fluff can be entertaining taken in light doses.

Full Review… | December 17, 2002

Its manner is as light as wedding cake frosting and its lead performances are as poised as the bride and groom at the top of the cake.

Full Review… | September 3, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

Although Lopez projects her usual charisma here, McConaughey seems as out of place as Will Rogers playing Rhett Butler.

Full Review… | August 2, 2002
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

One of the more confused romantic comedies.

Full Review… | July 12, 2002
Window to the Movies

when J-Lo tries to be J-Ro (as in Julia Roberts), the results are no-go. Obnoxious and unfunny from start to finish, "Planner" is about as tender and comforting as a fairy tale shouted through a bullhorn.

Full Review… | June 10, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

It's a modestly successful romantic comedy, much like those old-fashioned fluff films of yesterday.

Full Review… | April 17, 2002
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

May be one of the most cheerfully unamusing movies in a long time.

Full Review… | February 26, 2002
Mark Reviews Movies

Una cinta más de las que podremos olvidar pronto.

Full Review… | July 11, 2001

Su complaciente y sentimentaloide final termina por fastidiar una historia que de por sí ya tenía problemas.

Full Review… | May 11, 2001

An old-fashioned romantic comedy about a career woman who has to choose whether or not to follow her heart.

Full Review… | April 6, 2001
Spirituality and Practice

This is exactly the kind of movie that thinks it's funny for someone to be demolished by a speeding dumpster.

Full Review… | March 19, 2001
Aisle Seat

A commonplace little offering, low on charm, but trudging ahead anyway, with nary a laugh.

Full Review… | March 5, 2001
Film Journal International

... so short of substance, so lacking in vigour and so forgettable that it's just not possible to work up a good hatred.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Wedding Planner


Too many stereotypes. Just the kind of rom-com I don't really like.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

I loved this film. One of Jennifer Lopez best films. A really great romcom!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


Good rom com about a chance meeting of a couple who fall for each other. Only to discover the guy is getting married and the girl turns out to be his wedding planner.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Jennifer Lopez does not know how to act. not a good film at all.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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