Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 6, 2012
    90
    Bachelorette is more tartly written, better acted and less forgiving than male-centric equivalents like the "Hangover" movies.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 8, 2012
    80
    I'm going to suggest, somewhat tentatively, that Bachelorette is most unlike "Bridesmaids" because it fundamentally isn't a comedy at all, but something closer to a dense, dark character drama tarted up in high heels and a short skirt and dosed with pills and coke.
  3. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Sep 6, 2012
    75
    Dunst is the realest, rawest thing in the film.
  4. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Sep 6, 2012
    75
    The film is also less bloated than "Bridesmaids" - a comedy is always more nimble at 90 minutes than two hours - and it's less maudlin, too. It's the aberrant, foul-mouthed child of "Superbad" and "Young Adult."
  5. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Sep 4, 2012
    75
    This nearly pitch-black comedy is better than its tiresome use of '90s pop references, no matter how much they illuminate what the gals bonded over back in the day.
  6. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Aug 30, 2012
    75
    Yet if Bachelorette takes the form of a romantic ensemble comedy, it's purged of any true romantic feeling. You'll laugh, maybe a lot, but you won't feel great about it in the morning.
  7. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Sep 14, 2012
    70
    Bachelorette places a trio of women front and center who are so irredeemably loathsome, it's kind of refreshing. At least until a conventional third-act redemption undercuts some of the movie's sharpest insights and funniest jokes.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 7, 2012
    70
    The characters in Bachelorette are most human when they're behaving badly. They break the spell when they turn into women we can merely relate to.
  9. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sep 27, 2012
    67
    Bachelorette – at least in its first half – is a dangerously funny movie about four old college friends on the eve of one member's nuptials.
  10. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 7, 2012
    63
    Where "Bridesmaids" tackled the subject of weddings and wrestled it in Jell-O, Bachelorette just kicks it right in the crotch.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 6, 2012
    63
    Headland can write zingers that would make the cruelest bridezilla blush. And Caplan's treatise on the art of the blow job is time-capsule worthy. Sadly, Bachelorette is a comic cocktail that goes heavy on the bitters. That's no way to end a wedding.
  12. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Aug 15, 2013
    60
    There’s nothing soft and romcom-cuddly here, but a brutal dissection of competitive friendship dynamics, eating disorders and selfish misery.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 6, 2012
    60
    The result is an initial comedic buzz, but the further these women plunge into hot water - and are forced to confront their personal and professional hang-ups - the more the story turns screechy and obnoxious.
  14. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 6, 2012
    60
    Sometimes funny, sometimes shrill and wildly uneven, Bachelorette demonstrates film and television's continuing struggle to provide a platform for funny women in the realms of R-rated comedy and the tug-of-war between the desire to push boundaries and fears about likability.
  15. 60
    Bachelorette has some big gaps, and it isn't what you'd call fun - it's not "Bridesmaids 2." But lovely women doing genuinely ugly things makes for a potent combination.
  16. Reviewed by: Cory Everett
    Sep 6, 2012
    58
    With so many elements already in place there may still be a great comedy in there somewhere. With a little more finesse, Bachelorette could be the raucous female-led comedy it strives to be.
  17. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Sep 6, 2012
    50
    Headland works hard to reconcile the wild and the tame; if she never quite gets the balance right, ya gotta admire her bold juxtaposition of overdose-resuscitation gags with lessons on self-loathing and bulimia.
  18. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Sep 6, 2012
    50
    Apparently Bachelorette has been divisive, with audiences either falling hard for it or walking away disgusted. I'd have fallen harder for it if I'd walked away more disgusted.
  19. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Sep 5, 2012
    50
    While Bachelorette is admirably free of the normal formulas governing movies that revolve around women and wedding dresses, it doesn't offer anything more satisfying in their stead.
  20. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Aug 30, 2012
    50
    A tasty cast and a good share of snappy dialogue provide entertainment but can't make this pre-nuptials shindig quite the party that it might have been.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 7, 2012
    42
    As for me, I don't see why women being as slobby and gross as the guys is such a feminist breakthrough – especially since, as in Bachelorette, the slobbiness and grossness is witless.
  22. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 6, 2012
    40
    It is billed as a comedy, but it's really a lipstick-smeared drunken tragedy. The humor is so caustic you won't know whether to laugh or cry.
  23. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 4, 2012
    40
    Bitchy histrionics curdle faster than a spoiled soy latte in this distinctly unlikable comedy about a trio of coked-up gal pals who barely muster the strength to celebrate their happier friend's wedding.
  24. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Sep 4, 2012
    40
    The trajectory for all four characters is toward acknowledgment of the emptiness their indulgences can't fill. It's kind of heartening that Becky has that all worked out, pretty much, even if the film doesn't quite get there.
  25. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Aug 30, 2012
    40
    After a promisingly funny first half, this tale of three coke-snorting gal-pals trying not to screw up their friend's nuptials all but drowns in its own catty cynicism, turning as stingy with emotion and insight as it is with real laughs.
  26. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 6, 2012
    38
    Talented actors are wasted in a film that induces more cringes than chuckles as women old enough to know better act like horny sailors on leave, absorb mass quantities of alcohol and drugs, and generally behave horribly.
  27. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 6, 2012
    25
    "Bridesmaids" may have been crude, but it also said something about female friendships that felt true. Bachelorette feels like it's about four women who, not even all that deep down, can't stand one another.
  28. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 6, 2012
    20
    While plenty of gross-out comedies have come and gone in the last two decades, Leslye Headland's Bachelorette may be the most vulgar of them all.
  29. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 31, 2012
    0
    I don't often use the words "godawful" and "abomination" to describe a movie, preferring to reserve such terminology for extreme instances when I feel duped and mortally offended. Case in point: Bachelorette.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Sep 12, 2012
    10
    Absolutely hilarious. I laughed from beginning to end. Can't really ask more out of a comedy. Sure, the girls aren't likable, but they were very compelling characters, and I actually ended up caring for them. Isla Fisher gives one of the best comic performances I've seen in a long time. Full Review »
  2. Sep 8, 2012
    7
    First things first. This movie is not Bridesmaids. If anything, it's closer to The Hangover. And although it is not as comically successful as either of the two, it still works as a kinky combination. Headland's ability to juxtapose raunchy foul humor with insight and self-reconciliation makes the film watchable, and Dunst's and Caplan's performances are incredible. Despite some jokes being either too flat, one dimensional, or too sadistic to arouse a serious laugh, most of the humor in this film works. You'll definitely laugh a lot as you watch it. As the film progresses, it loses it's comedic quality and, once raw emotion and pity are forced onto the characters, degrades into something like oil and water. In the end, though, Bachelorette proves to be a fun and digestible film with a resolute although spastic storyline and interesting and well acted characters. Expect more from Headland as she fine tunes her skills to make a meaningful comedy. Full Review »
  3. Sep 7, 2012
    0
    This is one of the worst movies I've seen in forever. Perhaps going into it with high hopes was a mistake but my friend and I were watching with mouths agape at our mutual failure to laugh more than a handful of times during the course of the film. The acting, story, chemistry, motives, etc. are all muddled. Avoid, and someone get me my $11 back...ick. And are people seriously saying this is better than Bridesmaids? Hugs, not drugs. Full Review »