Metascore
24

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 30
  2. Negative: 23 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Olivia Putnal
    88
    Sometimes the only funny stuff is in the trailers, but not so here. Kristen Johnson was especially adept at stealing some scenes.
  2. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    70
    A chick flick in the purest sense--it's not about men or falling in love--and is quite funny.
  3. Bride Wars pretends to be a satire of wedding mania, but since there's virtually nothing else to the movie, the satire comes depressingly close to endorsement.
  4. 50
    Bride Wars is pretty thin soup. The characters have no depth or personality, no quirks or complications, no conversation.
  5. Reviewed by: Reyhan Harmanci
    50
    If you came to see two pretty girls in wedding dresses wrestle, you won't be disappointed.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    40
    A step backward for Hathaway, Bride Wars is one more step into the quicksand for Hudson, who's spent the nine years since ""Almost Famous wandering the rom-com wasteland in search of an exit strategy; this movie, which she exec produced, ain't it.
  7. A dopey if largely painless romantic comedy.
  8. Bride Wars really does not capture the mood of the moment. It comes from a different time, a different planet.
  9. Like moussed hair and inverted-pyramid shoulder pads, this sloppy, sloppy slapstick is an artifact from the 1980s.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    A chick flick that makes its chick characters - and by extension its chick audience - look like hateful, backward toddlers, and there is something wrong with that.
  11. 38
    It represents a missed opportunity on every level. As a black comedy, it fails. As a satire of the bloated wedding industry, it fails. As a drama about friendship triumphing over all, it fails.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    A shrill, mechanical comedy.
  13. No cues are needed to understand the plot, which feels computer-generated and barely serves to sustain an hour and a half running time.
  14. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    30
    The idea of a revenge comedy isn't necessarily a bad one, Bride Wars simply fails at it despite having the formidable duo of Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, who in their own distinctive ways usually command the screen.
  15. With artifice as layered as the tiers of a marzipan cake, this resembles nothing so much as a stale Rock Hudson-Doris Day comedy.
  16. A girlie romantic comedy with tired slapstick pranks but not an ounce of self-respect or intelligence.
  17. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    Bride Wars is about as funny as a cringingly awkward wedding toast.
  18. 25
    An insipid comedy in which the women are shallow, acquisitive, backstabbing, selfish harridans.
  19. 25
    Bride Wars has possibly the worst comedy idea since "Springtime for Hitler," with almost no room for redeeming camp.
  20. Reviewed by: Perry Seibert
    25
    All in all, that's not a bad premise for a lightweight chick flick, but director Gary Winick and an army of three screenwriters can't come up with a single fresh comedic idea.
  21. By comparison, Bride Wars makes "Sex and the City" seem like Jane Austen.
  22. 20
    Predictable, lazy and as overprocessed as Kate Hudson's hair, this thoroughly joyless movie also possesses a deep nasty streak, making it loathsome when it might have been merely annoying.
  23. Hudson has, if nothing else, traded up: last winter she was stuck in "Fool's Gold."
  24. 20
    It's both slack and bloated; I've been to Catholic wedding masses that had more zip. I think it clocked in at fewer than 90 minutes, but it seemed to last longer than most marriages do.
  25. Never gets off its high-concept stool long enough to explore what makes weddings so exciting and nerve-racking and treacherous. It flounders instead in juvenilia and bitchiness.
  26. 16
    There may be a trenchant satire to be mined from our culture's materialism-warped wedding madness, but Bride Wars instead opts for graceless, flailing, poorly choreographed slapstick performed by characters who suggest a dumbed-down tour production of "Sex And The City."
  27. 0
    The first big-studio movie released in 2009 has a damn fine chance of being the worst. Bride Wars isn't just chick-flick hell for guys, it should numb the skulls of moviegoers of all sexes and ages.
  28. I'd be hard-pressed to name another recent film so deeply noxious, soul-sick, and unfunny.
User Score
4.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 11 out of 25
  1. Feb 12, 2012
    4
    Besides the huge amount of cliches and the large lack of laughs, along with the self referential story; the film has a surprising amount ofBesides the huge amount of cliches and the large lack of laughs, along with the self referential story; the film has a surprising amount of heart, and solid performances from Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. I give this movie 36%. Full Review »
  2. Apr 12, 2015
    9
    Bride wars was directed by Gary Winick and has been released in may 2009. In this comedy there are several famous actors such as AnneBride wars was directed by Gary Winick and has been released in may 2009. In this comedy there are several famous actors such as Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson and Bryan Greenberg.
    The story wich takes place in Manhattan is about two girls who are best friends. During all their lives, they have always have been together. The day they are engaged, they want to get married at the Plaza hotel in june. They get 2 dates, but after a mistake in the reservation, there's still just one date and only one of them will be able to get married there. After there is a rivalry between them which change into a war and they play dirty tricks on each over. All of these scenes are funny and very entertaining. In this film, there are a lot of action, so,we don't get bored. I really recommend this film to the people who love romantic comedy. You really should see this film.
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  3. Jun 5, 2014
    4
    Two bi-polar woman with far too much money and time on their hands seek to destroy each others weddings through a series of photo montages andTwo bi-polar woman with far too much money and time on their hands seek to destroy each others weddings through a series of photo montages and Candice Bergen's blathering narration. Full Review »