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Four Weddings and a Funeral Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 7, 2014
Although the film is basically a light romantic comedy, it couldn't be more psychologically astute in its portrait of a man who defines himself by his bachelorhood, which empowers him to get past his fear of commitment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 7, 2014
Deftly written by Richard Curtis and directed by the versatile Mike Newell, Four Weddings is as good as its word, breezily following a small circle of friends through every one of the events the title promises.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 7, 2014
Four Weddings and a Funeral is one of those rare films that have you smiling from the get-go, and keep you that way -- with a few well-earned poignant interludes (including, of all things, a reading of W.H. Auden) -- right to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 7, 2014
Hugh Grant's body English captures every nuance of his character's confusion precisely and hilariously.
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
February 7, 2014
The setup is too arch to support the movie's detour into poignance, though John Hannah does give a moving reading of W. H. Auden's "Funeral Blues."
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 3, 2009
The infectious charm and sunny goodwill of Four Weddings and a Funeral can so immediately buoy a soul ravaged by winter weather and winter movies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 3, 2009
There are movies so breezy, even flimsy, that you can enjoy them as genial providers of an evening's entertainment yet forget all about them by the time you leave the multiplex.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 3, 2009
A grocery store would sell this on its generic shelf: the brittle upper-class British cleverness is strictly standard issue.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 4, 2008
Truly beguiling romantic comedy is one of the hardest things for a modern film to pull off, but a winning British team has done it in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A British comedy that's classy and commercial -- and, most important, very, very funny.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
If ever a film resembled a wedding cake it is Four Weddings and a Funeral, a multi-tiered confection with a romantic spirit and an enchantingly pretty veneer.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The players, who include Simon Callow, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rowan Atkinson and Sophie Thompson, exude comedic brightness as they go about their gossipy, farcical, self-deprecating, sorry-about-that-old-chap, just-being-English business.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The simplest and most honest expression of praise that I can offer Mike Newell's latest movie is that it represents two hours of solid movie magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Delightful and sly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Megan Rosenfeld
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Some of the funniest scenes bounce off the nightmares of every bride and groom before the wedding.