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.
Not the most original comedy, but many will enjoy.
| Original Score: 3/5
The tone set by director Frank Coraci tends to the cartoonishly broad while making jokes at the expense of grotesques. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 2/4
Although the movie is remarkably schmaltzy, it's sweet and affecting, too, with Sandler's character as genuinely nice as he can be.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
Supporting players are uniformly strong, and Coraci deserves much credit for exacting just the right degree of outrageousness without spinning into some wild orbit.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Barrymore and Sandler are lovely together, and the movie, set in 1985, was also among the first to tap into 1980s nostalgia.
The plotting is simplistic but cute and the gags are consistently funny, particularly for anyone who grew up in the 1980s.
| Original Score: 4/4
You can't help pulling for the kids.
It's charmingly bad and an excellent date film.
| Original Score: 2/5
Uneven and silly? Yes. Enjoyable? Most definitely.
| Original Score: B
An hour and a half of solid entertainment.
| Original Score: 5/10
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?
| Original Score: D+
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Too much of The Wedding Singer has a disconcerting reluctance, reigning itself in at unexpected moments and failing to capitalize on several potential jokes...
| Original Score: C
Barrymore shines like a new penny on the strength of pure movie-star personality.
The almost never-miss comedy makes up for the unexceptionnal storyline, and Frank Coraci happens to be a skillful mainstream director.
Sandler proves here that he's not only a brilliant comedian, but a talented actor.
| Original Score: 5/5