Bridget Jones's Diary

2001

Bridget Jones's Diary

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Though there was controversy over the choice of casting, Zellweger's Bridget Jones is a sympathetic, likable, funny character, giving this romantic comedy a lot of charm.

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Based on Helen Fielding's hugely popular novel, this romantic comedy follows Bridget (Renee Zellweger), a post-feminist, thirty-something British woman who has a penchant for alcoholic binges, smoking, and an inability to control her weight. While trying to keep these things in check and also deal with her job in publishing, she visits her parents for a Christmas party. They try to set her up with Mark (Colin Firth), the visiting son of one of their neighbors. Snubbed by Mark, she instead falls for her boss Daniel (Hugh Grant), a dashing lothario who begins to send her suggestive e-mails that soon lead to a dinner date proposition. Daniel reveals that he and Mark attended college together, during which time Mark had an affair with his fiancée. When Bridget finds Daniel cavorting with an American colleague, she decides to change her life with a new job as a TV presenter. At a dinner party, she bumps into Mark again, who expresses his affection for her; when Daniel claims he wants Bridget back, the two fight over who deserves her affections the most. Popular British performers Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent, and Shirley Henderson appear in the supporting cast. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi

Cast

Renée Zellweger
as Bridget Jones
Hugh Grant
as Daniel Cleaver
Colin Firth
as Mark Darcy
Jim Broadbent
as Bridget's Dad
Gemma Jones
as Bridget's Mom
Celia Imrie
as Una Alconbury
Honor Blackman
as Penny Husbands-Bosworth
James Faulkner
as Uncle Geoffrey
Charmian May
as Mrs. Darcy
Paul Brooke
as Mr. Fitzherbert
Johnny Clegg
as Elderly Man
Neil Pearson
as Richard Finch
Donald Douglas
as Mr. Darcy
Renu Setna
as Mr. Ramdas
Emma Amos
as Pauline
Sulayman Al-Bassam
as Kafir Aghani
Lisa Kay
as Eleanor Ross Heaney
Charlie Caine
as Handsome Stranger
Gareth Marks
as Simon in Marketing
John Clegg
as Elderly Man
Matthew Bates
as `Kafka' Author
Rebecca Charles
as Receptionist
Joseph Alessi
as Inteviewer No. 1
Milennia Strings
as The Musicians
Rhydian Jai-Persad
as Interviewer No. 2
Paul Ross
as Mr. Sit Up Britain
Stewart Wright
as Stage Manager
David Cann
as Cameraman
Millennia Strings
as The Musicians
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Critic Reviews for Bridget Jones's Diary

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (128) | Rotten (31)

  • It's fine, for an evening, if you just want to pack your troubles in an old kit bag.

    Mar 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • That Zellweger can make us believe in Bridget's heaving inner world is par for the course -- she's a supremely talented comic actress. That she was willing to risk her own status as sex symbol by looking like an everywoman is really impressive.

    Nov 13, 2017
  • As a film, however, item misses its mark, failing to capitalize on the staccato rhythms and sardonic wit of Bridget's inner life.

    Apr 15, 2008
  • It's so aggressive you don't even have to like it; the movie likes itself well enough for the both of you.

    Apr 15, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Ms. Zellweger makes the most of what she's given and manages to triumph time and again over her pratfalls and public rump displays. In a word, she's terrific.

    Apr 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
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  • This ultra-hyped adaptation of the ultra-successful Helen Fielding novel sends you out with a smile on your face.

    Jun 24, 2006

Audience Reviews for Bridget Jones's Diary

  • Sep 07, 2015
    Far less grating than I anticipated (it even has it's moments), but still a way too predictable trifle.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2014
    Men shouldn't like this film but it's pretty funny although we all know what's going to happen it's still a pretty good chick flick that men can stand (Just).
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Bridget Jones Diary is a sweet and lovable romantic comedy that is Renee Zellwegger's best and most memorable role to date.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2011
    Watching Grant and Firth charm the hell out of Zellweger is thoroughly entertaining. It's a really fun romedy and although I'm not sure of the post-feminist connotations of the character, Jones is a likable quirky heroine. Has everything a romedy really "needs". Sharp wit, charming leads and a whole lot of fun. 1 hour and 34 min of fluff is about all I can take.
    Drake T Super Reviewer

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