Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    May 12, 2011
    100
    A film of great hilarity, humanity, idiosyncrasy and grade-A, eyebrow-singeing raunch.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    May 12, 2011
    100
    Through it all -- the free-form conversations, the brilliant set pieces, the preposterous gross-outs, the flawless performances -- Kristen Wiig's forlorn maid of honor, Annie, seeks her own destiny with a wrenchingly cockeyed passion.
  3. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    May 12, 2011
    100
    See it because it's f---ing hilarious.
  4. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    May 12, 2011
    100
    Bridesmaids is hilariously funny, but what makes it exhilarating is how boldly it defies that conventional wisdom about what men and women like.
  5. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    May 11, 2011
    100
    She's an Everywoman you can believe in, showcased in the kind of deft comedy of feminine passion - where deep despair meets Wilson Phillips - that a great many people have been waiting for. Now that Wiig and company have built it, will they come?
  6. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    May 13, 2011
    90
    And at its loony best, Wiig and Mumolo's script hurls a torrent of bridesmaid-zilla set pieces at us, playing out like a "Sex and the City 3" read-through gone deliciously awry.
  7. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 13, 2011
    90
    From the first overheated moments of Bridesmaids...it's clear we're in for that rarest of treats: an R-rated romantic comedy from the Venus point of view.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Apr 30, 2011
    90
    A breakthrough comedy, a four-square piece of populist fun that ranks as quite possibly the best mainstream American comedy in years-at least since "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
  9. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    May 12, 2011
    89
    In an age of doggedly unambitious comedy, one marvels at the finesse these first-time screenwriters and director Feig bring to marrying raunch, romantic comedy, and the tested but ever-true bond between women.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 12, 2011
    88
    Kristen Wiig is the best sketch comic alive, and Bridesmaids should finally make her a movie star.
  11. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 12, 2011
    88
    Bridesmaids seems to be a more or less deliberate attempt to cross the Chick Flick with the Raunch Comedy. It definitively proves that women are the equal of men in vulgarity, sexual frankness, lust, vulnerability, overdrinking and insecurity.
  12. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Jun 20, 2011
    80
    Finally, a female ensemble comedy that balances realistic characters with smart laughs and side-splitting farce. Not everything works, but there's more than enough here to keep you chuckling - not to mention baying for a sequel.
  13. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    May 12, 2011
    80
    The movie is smart about a lot of things, including the vital importance of female friendships. And it's nice to see so many actresses taking up space while making fun of something besides other women.
  14. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    May 12, 2011
    80
    This might be a turning point in feminism and comedy, provided that both sexes can embrace it.
  15. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 11, 2011
    80
    There are laughs aplenty, some disgusting, some rather sweet, some both at the same time.
  16. May 10, 2011
    80
    It's a movie that succeeds, often beautifully, not by forcing its characters to be as naughty and gross and pathetic as men are. It soars by letting them be as naughty and gross and pathetic as women are. Three cheers for equality.
  17. Reviewed by: Siri Agrell
    May 13, 2011
    75
    Like Apatow's best work, this is about friendships – only this group of loveable misfits wear matching purple gowns.
  18. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    May 12, 2011
    75
    Those looking to get a raucous laugh should say "I do" to Bridesmaids.
  19. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    May 12, 2011
    75
    Bridesmaids follows the lead of other Apatow productions and finds much of its comedy in pain, horrifying awkwardness and the difficult work that goes into building and maintaining relationships. If you liked this in "Knocked Up," you'll probably like it here.
  20. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    May 12, 2011
    75
    Wiig has the natural beauty and self-deprecating expressiveness it takes to be a star comedienne; she spends much of Bridesmaids looking like a slightly girlier version of Lucinda Williams.
  21. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    May 12, 2011
    75
    It's no surprise that Bridemaids sputters, coughs, and lurches, but it's a winning shambles, buoyed by a sharp, balanced comedic ensemble and some truthful observations about how close friends adapt when their lives fall out of step.
  22. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    May 12, 2011
    75
    Like many Apatow films, Bridesmaids has a rambling, disjointed quality, crammed with sequences that elicit laughs without advancing plot.
  23. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    May 12, 2011
    75
    Kristen Wiig is an indisputable goddess of comedy. And this rowdy fem-friendship movie she stars in and wrote with Annie Mumolo is infused with the Wiig brand of wicked mischief.
  24. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    May 12, 2011
    75
    Proving girls can get just as down and dirty as boys, the wedding comedy Bridesmaids contains some uproarious moments of gross-out humor.
  25. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    May 12, 2011
    75
    Wiig's natural and savvy instincts to go easy, and let the audience come to her, serve her and Bridesmaids well.
  26. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    May 12, 2011
    75
    Bridesmaids is a bit of a groundbreaker... Not exactly a banner for feminism but equal time is overdue.
  27. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    May 11, 2011
    75
    Bridesmaids openly, comfortably turns the stress of being girlfriends into comedy. It's really about the single friend backing away from the edge of temporary insanity. This isn't the greatest such movie. That would be Nicole Holofcener's "Walking and Talking" (1996), with Catherine Keener and Anne Heche.
  28. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    May 11, 2011
    75
    This is "Her Hangover," a smarter and sweeter stumble to the altar that never quite gets to Vegas, and doesn't seem to mind.
  29. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 7, 2011
    70
    For longtime Wiig fans, this uneven, overlong, emotionally involving and discreetly ambitious film will represent a welcome and overdue step up from her popular sketch work on "Saturday Night Live" to something sustained and searching, not to mention pretty funny.
  30. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 13, 2011
    67
    It's certainly not a "breakthrough" comedy, unless the breakthrough is that women will flock to slobby, heartfelt romps starring Kristin Wiig instead of Seth Rogen. It's progress, sort of.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 446 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 140
  1. May 13, 2011
    10
    This is by far the funniest film of 2011 so far, I'm not sure if it will continue to be with Hangover part 2 coming out and other promisingThis is by far the funniest film of 2011 so far, I'm not sure if it will continue to be with Hangover part 2 coming out and other promising comedies arriving this year, but this was a blast! It is very hard for me to find something I didn't enjoy about this movie. The performances were brilliant and the dialog was clever and witty! Full Review »
  2. Sep 9, 2011
    1
    I'm perplexed - how can a film that is supposed to be one of the funniest movies of the year, be so bad and unfunny? To say it's in the sameI'm perplexed - how can a film that is supposed to be one of the funniest movies of the year, be so bad and unfunny? To say it's in the same league as Hangover is bizarre - absolutely no comparison. What a complete waste of time. Full Review »
  3. May 13, 2011
    0
    My god, that hour and a half dragged on and on and would not end. I was so happy when those end credits rolled and i ran ou the theater.My god, that hour and a half dragged on and on and would not end. I was so happy when those end credits rolled and i ran ou the theater. Thankfully, i vowed NEVER to watch this movie again. If i see it in a 5 dollar bin, i'll BURN it. If i see a poster for it on eBay, i'll buy it and BURN it. Avoid this movie, go see Priest or Thor. Or Fast Five. Full Review »