The Bachelor
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In this romantic comedy, Chris O'Donnell plays Jimmie, the grandson of an eccentric millionaire. At the reading of his grandfather's will, Jimmie learns that he stands to inherit $100 million on his 30th birthday. There's only one stipulation: Jimmie has to be married to get the money. And he is going to turn 30 in 24 hours. Jimmie and his sweetheart (Renee Zellweger) have already been talking about marriage, but she thinks it's wrong to marry for the money. The Bachelor co-stars James Cromwell, Brooke Shields, and singer Mariah Carey in her acting debut. This story was filmed… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Viewers have almost two hours to become thoroughly disgusted"
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Probably the best that can be said about The Bachelor is that it gave a lot of work to female extras."
‑ Betsy Sherman, Boston Globe
"when it comes to delivering punchlines or finding the laughs in a speech, O'Donnell is way out of his area of expertise, and that's exactly what he's called upon to do throughout 'The Bachelor,' a wholly irritating stab at a fluffy romantic farce."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"An innocuous waste-of-time."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Definitely has its moments but overall just fizzles."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"The new film takes a heavy approach to plain foolishness and doesn't exactly gain loft from the presence of O'Donnell in the centerpiece role. His range is limited to several shades of bland."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"The funny thing is, nobody who made The Bachelor seems to notice that the script pinpoints its own formulaic emptiness before wheezing on to its foregone happy ending."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A terrible film that witlessly unfurls its limp narrative. If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the film."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"A painful journey."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The Bachelor is just as dismal a failure -- the anti-date movie of the year."
‑ Darryl Sterdan, Winnipeg Sun
"You know a movie is desperately overreaching when Peter Ustinov, affecting a dreadful southern accent as Jimmy's grandfather, must yell into a megaphone for no apparent reason: 'The human condition!'"
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"O'Donnell, former teen idol/Boy Wonder, has always proven to be far less beefcake than rice cake."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"If O'Donnell could come off as half the jerk he's pretending to play the movie might have generated more than one laugh."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"From the moment the credits roll to the 'I could see this ending coming from space' finale, you'll wish you were somewhere else less painful, like perhaps getting your gums scraped by an aluminum hand shovel."
‑ Tony Toscano, KUTV-TV
"Resembles a direct-to-video movie at almost every ill-advised turn because of its overall air of moronic silliness."
‑ Dustin Putman,
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