Muriel's Wedding
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A socially inept young woman slowly learns to overcome her insecurities in this sleeper hit from Australia. The unconventional Muriel (Toni Collette) is deeply unsatisfied with her life, stuck in the nowhere town of Porpoise Spit and feeling rejected by her friends and family. Believing herself unattractive and worthless, she seeks meager solace in ABBA songs and fantasies of gorgeous weddings, with herself as the bride. Muriel's life takes a turn for the better, however, when she befriends the carefree Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths), who encourages her to take control of her life. Together,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This movie only shows true tact and understanding when it comes to flattering the audience; everyone on-screen is strictly up for grabs."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"An engaging, funny and sometimes surprisingly tough romantic comedy."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"There's a high enough feelgood factor here to compensate for the detours off the comedy highway."
‑ Caroline Westbrook, Empire Magazine
"Soulfully explores a young woman's journey to transformation"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Ultimately, the comedy here is grounded in self-hatred, hostility, and despair."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The trouble with the movie is that there's nothing to Muriel but her false dreams: We never quite glimpse the woman they're hiding."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"[A] gleeful, gaudy tribute to one ungainly misfit and her determination."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Another kooky Australian movie this may be, but director Hogan and his cast sustain a strange melancholic undercurrent."
‑ , Film4
"One of the finest Australian films of all time. The laughs don't stop."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"It stars the somewhat homely Toni Collette as Muriel, whose whole purpose in life is to get married. How she does that and what happens after that are a couple of the many delightful surprises in this film."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Most of the action is played for broad laughs, and Hogan demonstrates the ability to generate them, even if the humor is base and often cruel, making fun of people's looks and ineptitude."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"There's poignant drama in this brash, sometimes overstated film, and Muriel's transformation is truly touching."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Enjoyable little film that nonetheless already feels overrated."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"So overrated. 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' for the nineties."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Toni Collette gives a wonderful performance."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
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