Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Under the direction of "Bend It Like Beckham's" Gurinder Chadha, this festively busy and exuberantly multicultural charmer is its own intriguingly postmodern creation.
  2. 75
    Lightweight but utterly beguiling.
  3. 75
    This plot, recycled from Austen, is the clothesline for a series of dance numbers that, like Hong Kong action sequences, are set in unlikely locations and use props found there; how else to explain the sequence set in, yes, a Mexican restaurant?
  4. It's "knowingly" off-the-rails--and if you're in a tolerant or adventurous mood, very entertaining.
  5. Good, clean fun, and the view is fabulous.
  6. 75
    Bright, colorful, and exhilarating.
  7. It's the small, smelly details that elevate this Indian-fusion retelling of Jane Austen's classic novel from trifle to bona-fide delight.
  8. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    70
    Like an Elvis Presley musical from the '60s, filled with shiny bright colors, bouncy music and happy, smiling, pretty people.
  9. Aside from the singing and dancing, it is the color and pageantry of India as filtered through the work of cinematographer Santosh Sivan that captivates us.
  10. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Austen nuts may rend their frocks, and Bollywood buffs may split their cholis, but there's an immensely likable, almost goofily playful charm to Bride & Prejudice that finally wins the day.
  11. Works because of its heedless, heart-on-its-sleeve spirit.
  12. Reviewed by: Teresa Wiltz
    70
    A big, sprawling, sweet-natured mishmash with plots upon subplots and enough characters to make the head spin.
  13. It's got practically everything you could stuff in front of a camera, with the possible exception of Rip Taylor throwing confetti. Dancing transvestites? Check. Elephants? Check.
  14. Here's yet another take on "Pride and Prejudice,"...but all spiced up as colorfully as a dish of curry.
  15. 63
    The mere idea of making a musical version of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day India is delicious, though, and Chadha's lively imagination and good intentions almost make the concept work.
  16. 63
    You could do worse for a date movie than Gurinder Chadha's campy, exuberant cross-cultural take on Austen's much-filmed 1812 novel.
  17. The film is uniquely spirited, radiating the exuberance and sexual heat of an Elvis musical, a characteristic shared by its songs and dances.
  18. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    A Hollywood take on a Bollywood movie. But the Bollywood portions - echoing over-the-top Indian movie musicals - are far more entertaining than the Hollywood segments.
  19. Bride has atmosphere and charm, but the exotic flavors have often been toned down to avoid complaints.
  20. 50
    In attempting to show us a love blind to class, culture, and color, she's (Chadha) also made it bland.
  21. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    50
    It’s very colorful, for sure, but the dialogue is lead-footed at best.
  22. 50
    Gloriously seductive musical sequences seem suddenly hokey and self-conscious when they're staged in Western settings, and the songs' English-language lyrics are painfully banal.
  23. 50
    A painlessly light introduction to Bollywood moviemaking, but it far too often feels like run-of-the-mill Hollywood fare.
  24. 50
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that had Jane Austen lived to see the profits that have been squeezed from her most marketable premise, she'd doubtless have wept, then lobbied for her share of the royalties.
  25. 50
    Money can't buy happiness, but as Bride and Prejudice teaches us, it can get patience in bulk from a smart young woman of a practical mind-set.
  26. Unfortunately, it's also pretty banal -- translating the songs into English reveals just how dull their lyrics and sentiments really are. The colors are pretty though.
  27. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    This clumsy attempt to merge Jane Austen's classic with Bollywood musical conventions falls painfully flat.
  28. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    Heart and art can make a beguiling pair. Those are mostly missing in this strained hybrid, which is less Bollywood than Follywood.
  29. 50
    The characters quickly succumb to stereotype.
  30. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    40
    It has charm, comedy and a populist concept, but is structurally weak and too self-consciously multicultural.
  31. 30
    Chadha doesn't seem at home with either Austen or Bollywood, and her ambitions far exceed her competence in the song-and-dance numbers, which are a clutter of stiff choreography and silly original lyrics.
  32. 25
    The comedy of manners becomes strictly a comedy of bad manners.
  33. As high concept and rife with cliché as anything ever churned out by Hollywood, but with worse production values and a load of sanctimonious political correctness.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 47
  2. Negative: 9 out of 47
  1. Jan 8, 2011
    5
    Poor movie. Not so good mix between Jane Austen and Bollywood.
  2. Sep 20, 2010
    10
    i love this movie a lotttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.
    aishwarya rai acted beautifully..songs r amazing
    i watch it again
    n again..
    love aish forever!she is the best!!
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