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The Big Wedding Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
May 29, 2013
It's not the sheer predictability of the ensuing frolics that's hardest to take, or even the dismal attempts at humour ... but the sheer misery of watching actors you once respected demean themselves in such utterly worthless fodder.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2013
Barring a few off-color jokes, though, the movie feels like a Carol Burnett sketch dragged out to feature length.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 28, 2013
It's tired and dated with too few laughs to justify the stultifying attempts at drama and the impossible-to-swallow plot contortions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 26, 2013
Looks great, some terrific ingredients, but when you slice it up, what a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 26, 2013
Sarandon, Keaton and De Niro mesh beautifully, fully convincing as a trio of old friends and carting in lots of characterization that would be otherwise lacking in Zackham's rote screenplay.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 26, 2013
For all its surface amiability, The Big Wedding might be one of the more frustrating films of the year.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 26, 2013
The Big Wedding is a would-be screwball comedy that forgets to throw in the screws.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Calum Marsh
Village Voice
April 26, 2013
Many Hollywood films are founded on privilege, but few are as open and nasty about their racism, misogyny, and homophobia. It's a feel-good movie for people who only comfortable around people who look and act just like them.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 26, 2013
The Big Wedding aims low and achieves every aspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 26, 2013
I suppose it's always nice to get an invitation but please, this "Wedding"? Send back your regrets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 26, 2013
A shining example of a dull studio comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
April 26, 2013
It never feels real, and its only saving grace is that it clocks in at a mercifully short 90 minutes, which is just about the amount of time you need to realize you never want to see these characters ever again.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 26, 2013
"The Big Wedding" doesn't have a single moment of recognizable humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
April 26, 2013
Sadly, superior talent can propel a movie only so far. Bad scripts beget bad movies, even when four Academy Award winners are involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 25, 2013
It's a mess, and not in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2013
Like many big weddings - a lot of things go wrong and not much goes right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Frank Lovece
Newsday
April 25, 2013
This movie plays like an episode of "Gilligan's Island" done as straight as an episode of "Lost."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 25, 2013
The screenplay is chopped up into smutty sound bites constructed around the notion that casual obscenity delivered by respected actors of a certain age is hilarious. But it's just embarrassing.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
April 25, 2013
A game cast and lots of gamey R-rated shenanigans can't compensate for the silly comic contrivances that dominate The Big Wedding.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 25, 2013
It might take a glass of champagne or two to get through The Big Wedding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
April 25, 2013
The film isn't so much funny as it is merely amusing - a laundry list of inappropriate and potentially embarrassing moments that strive mightily, but never quite manage to land the laugh.
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April 25, 2013
The quiet moments feel just as contrived as the manic flailing that repeatedly sends characters tumbling into swimming pools and other bodies of water.
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
April 25, 2013
An ensemble comedy with a tonal cluelessness as surprising as the name cast that signed on for it anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 25, 2013
"I'd rather gouge my eyes out with hot spoons!'' De Niro exclaims at one point. I'm not sure exactly what he was talking about, but I'd like to think it referred to the prospect of being forced to watch "The Big Wedding.''
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 25, 2013
In order to pull off this sort of business, the pace should be breakneck, there shouldn't be an extra second to contemplate the moral lapses and betrayals. Alas, The Big Wedding, which inches along like a stoned snail, gives us all the time in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 25, 2013
It's almost impressive how the moronic new ensemble comedy The Big Wedding manages to cram three hours' worth of nonsensical subplots, extraneous characters, and implausible plot points into 90 minutes of streamlined idiocy.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 25, 2013
Movie-family weddings are like real ones. Some faces are welcome, some you dread and others have had work done. But they all get tiresome quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 25, 2013
There is only one thing to do when you set up a comic machine that doesn't fire -- and that's to go sentimental. But if everybody is behaving like a stock comic type, that's not going to work, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 25, 2013
This is an American movie trying, strenuously, to "swing" a little. The slapstick is broad and generally awkward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
April 25, 2013
The movie is bland hackwork; its crime isn't incompetence, but indifference.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
April 25, 2013
A film without any true concept of what it's trying to accomplish.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10