Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 30
  2. Negative: 23 out of 30
  1. I'd be hard-pressed to name another recent film so deeply noxious, soul-sick, and unfunny.
  2. 25
    Bride Wars has possibly the worst comedy idea since "Springtime for Hitler," with almost no room for redeeming camp.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    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.
  4. With artifice as layered as the tiers of a marzipan cake, this resembles nothing so much as a stale Rock Hudson-Doris Day comedy.
  5. 50
    Bride Wars is pretty thin soup. The characters have no depth or personality, no quirks or complications, no conversation.
  6. Bride Wars really does not capture the mood of the moment. It comes from a different time, a different planet.
  7. By comparison, Bride Wars makes "Sex and the City" seem like Jane Austen.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    A chick flick in the purest sense--it's not about men or falling in love--and is quite funny.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    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.
  12. 25
    An insipid comedy in which the women are shallow, acquisitive, backstabbing, selfish harridans.
  13. Hudson has, if nothing else, traded up: last winter she was stuck in "Fool's Gold."
  14. Like moussed hair and inverted-pyramid shoulder pads, this sloppy, sloppy slapstick is an artifact from the 1980s.
  15. Reviewed by: Olivia Putnal
    Sometimes the only funny stuff is in the trailers, but not so here. Kristen Johnson was especially adept at stealing some scenes.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Reviewed by: Reyhan Harmanci
    If you came to see two pretty girls in wedding dresses wrestle, you won't be disappointed.
  20. A girlie romantic comedy with tired slapstick pranks but not an ounce of self-respect or intelligence.
  21. 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."
  22. 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.
  23. A dopey if largely painless romantic comedy.
  24. Reviewed by: Perry Seibert
    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.
  25. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Bride Wars is about as funny as a cringingly awkward wedding toast.
  26. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A shrill, mechanical comedy.
  27. No cues are needed to understand the plot, which feels computer-generated and barely serves to sustain an hour and a half running time.
  28. 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.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 24
  2. Negative: 11 out of 24
  1. Feb 12, 2012
    Besides 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. Jun 5, 2014
    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 and Candice Bergen's blathering narration. Full Review »
  3. Nov 16, 2013
    Bride Wars leaves me fighting for survival.
    The movie isn't funny, rarely entertaining, and overall just bad. The acting is poor to average,
    and the concept is silly. The drama is overdone, and there is no substance whatsoever. Full Review »