Bridget Jones's Diary
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Based on Helen Fielding's hugely popular novel, this romantic comedy follows Bridget (Renee Zellweger), a post-feminist, thirty-something British woman who has a penchant for alcoholic binges, smoking, and an inability to control her weight. While trying to keep these things in check and also deal with her job in publishing, she visits her parents for a Christmas party. They try to set her up with Mark (Colin Firth), the visiting son of one of their neighbors. Snubbed by Mark, she instead falls for her boss Daniel (Hugh Grant), a dashing lothario who begins to send her suggestive e-mails… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a film, however, item misses its mark, failing to capitalize on the staccato rhythms and sardonic wit of Bridget's inner life."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Variety
"This ultra-hyped adaptation of the ultra-successful Helen Fielding novel sends you out with a smile on your face."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, Time Out
"A blessed reminder of just how good -- and how pointed -- British comedies can be."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Just seconds into Sharon Maguire's adaptation of Helen Fielding's beloved novel, it's hard to imagine that there was such controversy surrounding the casting of Renee Zellweger."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The filmmakers are uncritically in love with their heroine and her milieux and have romanticised them to an almost laughable degree."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It's so aggressive you don't even have to like it; the movie likes itself well enough for the both of you."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's Zellweger's unselfishness that sells the movie. How many other young actresses would be willing to let a movie make fun of their fat thighs?"
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Oh, such fun for older teens!"
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Provides a few laughs but failed to make me care on which loves-me, loves-me-not petal this film ends."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Renee Zellweger, a born Texan, not only nails the most beloved woman of modern British fiction but embodies and owns her."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Ms. Zellweger makes the most of what she's given and manages to triumph time and again over her pratfalls and public rump displays. In a word, she's terrific."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Yes, the movie adaptation is just fine, thank you."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Casting Renee Zellweger as this British icon drew plenty of flak. But she proved impossible to not root for while flashing a sweet smile, bunching her body up in a "right-o, old chap" shoulder shrug and waddle-walking in unflattering panties and girdles."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"A cheerfully frothy romantic comedy that benefits from sharp writing, lively performances and touching characterisation."
‑ Anna Smith, Film4
"A ripping success."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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