Miss Congeniality Reviews

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September 11, 2020
Here's Sandra Bullock doing what she has always done - playfully splashing about in the middle of the mainstream. Those who enjoy a little mindless diversion won't mind getting wet once again.
February 5, 2018
It's a likeable comedy with many pratfalls, a couple laugh-out-loud moments, and a deep understanding of pageant superficiality.
December 26, 2010
Pleasant and entertaining; for teens and older.
February 15, 2010
Its story is far from logical, let alone realistic, yet we laugh and completely buy into the fun.
November 20, 2008
August 7, 2008
Bullock's talent for gentle farce is not enough to carry her here; there are only so many times she can get a laugh out of stumbling in her high heels and talking with her mouth full.
June 24, 2006
While there may not be many surprises, there's little to dislike either.
May 26, 2006
Sandra Bullock (who also produces) takes a lame idea of a script, splashes her considerable allure all over it, and comes away with an amiable, light-hearted holiday charmer.
December 6, 2005
Miss Congeniality isn't awful, but it isn't utterly entertaining or incredibly original either, it's just right in the middle.
December 6, 2005
Basically, this is like a really bad film from the eighties, that seems to be remade with Sandra Bullock digitally grafted onto the horrible plot.
May 4, 2005
Predictably cute and idiotically misleading.
March 28, 2005
Convenient bimbo stereotypes, bolstered and magnified.
March 11, 2005
No one does this kind of thing better than Bullock, but one wonders for how long she can pull it off. Perhaps for as long as it pays.
August 9, 2004
Sandra Bullock is in a class of her own and it's only partly a matter of beauty. Perhaps the larger part is that shining, irresistible personality that lights a room, a runway, a silver screen. She can get you interested in the phone directory.
October 24, 2003
Caine may save the movie, but Bullock is the movie. The confection rests on her considerable off-center charm and beauty.
May 14, 2003
With this cutesy bit of ick, Sandra Bullock squanders the good will she engendered with her surprisingly complex portrayal of a party girl in rehab in 28 Days.
February 8, 2003
Taking a potshot at the beauty pageant industry, Miss Congeniality is entertainment as light as a well-shaped hairdo, fitted out with skin-deep characterizations and a plot that has the all complexity of a G-string bikini.
October 30, 2002
The title refers to the Miss America pageant award given to "the person who was nicest to everyone," and this seems perfectly apt for Bullock's winning performance.
October 15, 2002
Sandra Bullock gives her regular-gal aura a serious workout in Miss Congeniality as an ugly-duckling FBI agent transformed into a beauty-pageant swan. And, by gum, she pulls it off.
September 12, 2002
Like most beauty pageant contestants themselves, Miss Congeniality is all charm and little substance.
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