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The Wedding Singer (1998)


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 41
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: It's decidedly uneven -- and surprisingly sappy for an early Adam Sandler comedy -- but The Wedding Singer is also sweet, funny, and beguiling.

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 13
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: It's decidedly uneven -- and surprisingly sappy for an early Adam Sandler comedy -- but The Wedding Singer is also sweet, funny, and beguiling.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 744,473



Movie Info

Mousse up your hair and pull your Missing Persons records out of mothballs for this romantic comedy set in that era of questionable fashion decisions, the '80s. In 1985, Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is a vocalist whose rock band stubbornly refuses to get off the ground. In the meantime, he makes a living playing wedding receptions, where his easy charm and ability to schmooze brings him a steady income. Robbie meets Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore) when she's working as a waitress at one of his … More

PG-13 (For sex related material and language)
Drama , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Tim Herlihy
In Theaters:
Aug 5, 1998
New Line Cinema


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Critic Reviews for The Wedding Singer

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (20) | DVD (23)

Supporting players are uniformly strong, and Coraci deserves much credit for exacting just the right degree of outrageousness without spinning into some wild orbit.

Full Review… | June 1, 2008
Top Critic

You can't help pulling for the kids.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Finally, an Adam Sandler comedy that you can sit through without wanting to throw a mallet through the screen.

Full Review… | July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

As Robbie Hart, a former lead singer in a rock band reduced to performing at weddings, Sandler goes for more than the easy laughs.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A sparkling romantic comedy, the kind of picture that glides by so gracefully and unpretentiously that it's only upon reflection that you realize how much skill, caring and good judgment had to have gone into its making.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Hokey as Robbie and Julia's courtship turns out to be, Mr. Sandler really does draw some empathy for his character's lonely plight.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

The chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore is something special to see here, and I think 'The Wedding Singer' ends up being Sandler's best movie.

Full Review… | January 27, 2013
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Not the most original comedy, but many will enjoy.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

The tone set by director Frank Coraci tends to the cartoonishly broad while making jokes at the expense of grotesques. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | May 25, 2009
Groucho Reviews

Although the movie is remarkably schmaltzy, it's sweet and affecting, too, with Sandler's character as genuinely nice as he can be.

Full Review… | April 28, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Called on to replace some of his Happy Gilmore shtick with the emoting of a romantic lead, he does just that but in an unpersuasive on/off fashion.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Yes, it's sappy. It's also silly, utterly unironic, a sketch stretched out to feature length, and, if you're in the right mood, pretty darned cute.

Full Review… | June 1, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Barrymore and Sandler are lovely together, and the movie, set in 1985, was also among the first to tap into 1980s nostalgia.

Full Review… | February 17, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

The plotting is simplistic but cute and the gags are consistently funny, particularly for anyone who grew up in the 1980s.

Full Review… | May 19, 2006

It's charmingly bad and an excellent date film.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Uneven and silly? Yes. Enjoyable? Most definitely.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

An hour and a half of solid entertainment.

Full Review… | June 8, 2004

Fairly typical comedy, in that moments of genuine humor are spread out too thinly over a schmaltzy (sorry, "heartwarming") script. But how can you give a failing grade to a movie that spotlights silly early Eighties music?

August 11, 2003

Besides music that harks back to the days when MTV was worth watching (Martha Quinn Forever!), The Wedding Singer is also a sweet, beguiling romantic comedy.

Full Review… | June 6, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

This movie is great for a few laughs, especially if you fall into the right age category. But don't expect it to change your life.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

Too much of The Wedding Singer has a disconcerting reluctance, reigning itself in at unexpected moments and failing to capitalize on several potential jokes...

Full Review… | January 10, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

Barrymore shines like a new penny on the strength of pure movie-star personality.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

The almost never-miss comedy makes up for the unexceptionnal storyline, and Frank Coraci happens to be a skillful mainstream director.

Full Review… | September 10, 2002
Montreal Film Journal

Sandler proves here that he's not only a brilliant comedian, but a talented actor.

August 2, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

Audience Reviews for The Wedding Singer

If you love 80s cheesy music, this is a must see. Julia and Robbie are engaged to wrong people. He is a wedding singer and she is a waitress. Drew and Adam make a great on-screen couple. Adam is a good singer. Cute rom com.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Get some cheese balls, dunk it in cheese whizz, throw sharp cheddar cheese on top and you get "The Wedding Singer". Yup. So cheesy... everything within this movie is a recipe for disaster, yet the romance works -- what the hell? The comedy falls flat almost every single time and Drew Barrymore is one horrible actress, yet at the end of the day, you'll find "The Wedding Singer" somewhat pulling on your heartstrings.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Easily one of my all time favorite Adam Sandler movies. Love the 80's throwback, and all the little references, especially the music. Sandler is Robbie Hart, a wedding singer who gets left at the alter. Depressed, he then meets Julia Sullivan(Drew Barrymore) a waitress about to be married. He helps with her wedding planning, and they eventually fall for each other. typical romantic comedy, with Sandler's touch of frat boy humor that works perfect. Watching this on a Saturday morning for the first time in years, I found myself remembering every line, laughing at the same jokes, and singing the same songs. Watching this movie is like riding a bike, you just never forget.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

It's ehhhhhh. I do not like when Adam Sandler talks in a weird voice.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

The Wedding Singer Quotes

You'll know when you meet the right girl because it's not how you feel about her, it's how she makes you feel about yourself.
– Submitted by Amrit A (11 months ago)
Robbie Hart:
But the worst thing is: that Me, Fatty, Sideburns Lady, and the mutants over at Table 9, will never ever find a way to better the situation, because apparently we have nothing to offer the opposite sex.
– Submitted by Kelly E (21 months ago)
Robbie Hart:
Hey, psycho - we're not gonna discuss this, OK, it's over. Please get out of my Van Halen t-shirt before you jinx the band and they break up.
– Submitted by Kelly E (21 months ago)
Robbie Hart:
I don't even know your last name.
Glen Gulia:
It's Guglia. [says it Gulia]
Robbie Hart:
Guglia? Oh, so Julia's last name's gonna be Guglia. Julia Guglia! That's funny!
Glen Gulia:
[unamused] Why is that funny?
Robbie Hart:
I - don't know.
– Submitted by Kelly E (21 months ago)
Billy Idol:
Good afternoon, everyone. We're flying at 26,000 feet, moving up to 30,000 feet, and we've got clear skies all the way to Las Vegas. Right now, we're bringing you some in-flight entertainment. One of our first class passengers would like to sing you a song inspired by one of our coach passengers. And since we let our first class passengers do, pretty much whatever they want, here he is...
– Submitted by Pepper W (2 years ago)
God, I love David Bowie. He is SO sexy.
Glen Gulia:
You think the 'time to make the donuts' guy is sexy.
Robbie Hart:
Heh heh, that guy is funny.
– Submitted by Pepper W (2 years ago)

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