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The Decoy Bride Reviews

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James Luxford
The National (UAE)
August 30, 2012
A wretched script and sloppy premise is saved from cinema hell by a charming pair of leads, but still, The Decoy Bride fails to raise anything more than a chuckle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
June 28, 2012
"The Decoy Bride" doesn't offer anything truly original, but as romantic comedies go it makes for a pleasant enough evening. And if you're like me, the scenery is a bonus.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 16, 2012
Instead of working to clarify its high-concept contrivances, the romantic comedy "The Decoy Bride" jettisons logic and detail for silly-quirky rompiness.
| Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
March 15, 2012
A woefully pedestrian effort, meant for background noise at a bridal shop, not a feature film that requires the purchase of a ticket.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
March 12, 2012
Possibly the worst thing ever in world history.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 11, 2012
It should have been called "I Know Where I'm Gurning".
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 9, 2012
A bland romantic comedy in the Richard Curtis style, The Decoy Bride is mainly notable for its proof, if any was needed after Boardwalk Empire, that Kelly Macdonald is a major talent.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 9, 2012
The Scottish landscapes offer about the only highlight.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 9, 2012
A romcom you almost feel sorry for, like a wedding where half the guests drown.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
March 8, 2012
Cupid works in strange and sometimes very funny ways, as this charming, nontaxing comedy directed by Sheree Folkson makes clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 8, 2012
It's indulgent, but Macdonald's performance is attractive and relaxed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
March 8, 2012
The cast has charm, and some of lines raise a chuckle, but the story lacks pace, plausibility and surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 8, 2012
Writer Sally Phillips throws in the odd sharp line (love-shy Katie describes herself as 'a man-vegan') but the clumsily contrived plot and a lack of spark between McDonald (engaging) and Tennant (surprisingly under-par) throw the film fatally off course.
Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times
March 8, 2012
Folkson's feature debut owes much to It Happened One Night and the Ealing comedies, but without doing justice to either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
March 8, 2012
It seems to agree with its gossip journalists that celebrities are an exotic alien species placed on earth to be gawked at, waited on by personal entourages, and mocked behind their backs for their odd enthusiasms and incomprehensible emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
March 7, 2012
Nobody's forecasting gales of laughter, but it'll give your pipes a canny wee toot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
March 7, 2012
Disappointing British romcom that fails to provide either romance or comedy, thanks to a patchy script, some awkward direction and a painful lack of chemistry between the embarrassed-looking leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
March 6, 2012
In a script so heavily cut it could be a paper doily, what's left is vaguely cute, rather predictable and wholly insubstantial.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 6, 2012
Pernicious tripe suitable only for masochists and the intellectually disabled...
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
March 6, 2012
The film recognizes how resolutely derivative it is, and it deigns to relish rather than efface that quality. The result is a trifle, but a fairly amusing one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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