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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 18, 2004
A sequel that should have been buried six feet under.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 15, 2004
The humiliation of Bridget Jones is done so many times that it's not funny and it's not clever and it's not interesting.
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Christy Lemire
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
November 13, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 12, 2004
The talented cast give the flabby script some much-needed muscle.
| Original Score: B-
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 12, 2004
Unfortunately, Zellweger and Firth don't ignite many sparks, and Bridget's neuroses, rather than endearing her to us, can be off-putting.
| Original Score: C-
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
November 12, 2004
So clumsy and crass that it makes you doubt the pleasure of the first movie.
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
November 12, 2004
It's a pleasing enough romp, and if you're starved for romantic comedy (where have they all gone?) this will ease your hunger pangs.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 12, 2004
Bridget's is a world of upper middle-class Teflon-coated narcissism, the kind that effectively seals out any concerns other than her own, and those concerns tend to run the gamut from weight to men and back again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 12, 2004
There's a flatness in the writing, a slapdash feel to the directing and an over-reliance on what worked the first time.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 12, 2004
It's the sequel to one of the best films of 2001 that quickly reveals itself as one of the big disappointments of 2004.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 12, 2004
Zellweger just shines in this role.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 12, 2004
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason should satisfy fans because of Zellweger's uninhibited performance, but hardly anybody is going to be demanding a third helping.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 12, 2004
I can't remember many sequels as redundant and unnecessary as this one.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 12, 2004
That this new film isn't quite so adorable as the first hardly matters, Bridgetwise, as the whole point of both movies is to allow everyone to revel in Zellweger's assumed-zaftig pantomime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
November 12, 2004
Her character, a self-deprecating blend of accidental insight and unapologetic girlish emotion, has gone from idiosyncratic to flat-out idiotic.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 12, 2004
With her volume knob cranked up to 11 and her cups overflowing with weight gain, Zellweger is often more annoying than adorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 12, 2004
Don't worry, it turns out Thai women's prisons are pretty fun places to hang out, and all the girls just dance around singing Madonna songs and share boyfriend stories.
| Original Score: D
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 12, 2004
Uma Thurman and Nicole Kidman might have suffered more thoroughly in recent movies, but no one suffers more thanklessly than Zellweger does here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 12, 2004
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is a jolly movie and I smiled pretty much all the way through, but it doesn't shift into high with a solid thunk the way Bridget Jones' Diary (2001) did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 11, 2004
Several of the movie's farcical moments feel forced and strained.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 11, 2004
Why, in other words, should we care about this woman, when the filmmakers obviously do not?
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2004
We know she's ridiculous. She knows she's ridiculous. It's just too bad she can't wear it more proudly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 11, 2004
Fielding, along with co-writers Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis and Adam Brooks, has turned what I can only believe were Bridget's charmingly human imperfections on the page into a lump of schoolgirl-style boy-craziness and corrosive self-loathing.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 11, 2004
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is amusing but never groundbreaking.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 11, 2004
The sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary makes the first movie look like a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 11, 2004
In an opening scene, Bridget, a London television reporter, sky-dives right into a pig pen. That pretty much sums up the film's attitude toward its heroine.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 11, 2004
It is, I'm afraid, time to retire Bridget Jones. Send her off to Happily-Ever-After Land with her vodka and Silk Cuts and handsome human-rights lawyer and let her get on with her amiable, dizzy, neurotic and now thoroughly annoying life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 11, 2004
Philosophers say that those who can't remember the past are doomed to repeat it. If you remember Bridget Jones's Diary fondly, spare yourself this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 11, 2004
Cute, cloying and catastrophically predictable.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 11, 2004
Misbegotten comedy sequels have a way of resembling souring relationships. All those adorable idiosyncrasies that initially melted your heart can curdle into the very irritating habits that send you packing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 11, 2004
Another small jewel in the crown of unabashedly commercial, cheerfully middlebrow, eminently exportable British fluff.
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
November 11, 2004
News flash: Love ain't easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 10, 2004
The modest charms of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason are a triumph of performance, production, and adaptation over the empty-calorie dither of its source material.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 9, 2004
On those rare occasions when The Edge of Reason isn't regurgitating material from Bridget Jones' Diary, it is taking ill-advised excursions into unfunny slapstick and sappy melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
November 9, 2004
All this unaccountable admiration is bestowed upon the ne plus ultra of the regressive rom-com heroine, a thirtysomething who displays the rudimentary motor functions, raging id, and darling pucker of a cuddly infant.
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Derek Elley
Variety
November 8, 2004
Though the script tries to replicate the first film's heart-tugging moments, there's a lack of a big emotional arc to tie the episodic structure together. However, on a performance level, the movie is practically flawless.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 4, 2004
In the strain to explore new territory, the film pushes into areas that that don't fit comfortably into the lightly comic world of Bridget Jones.