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  • Summary: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason takes our beloved Bridget on a hilarious and unexpected new journey as she navigates the treacherous territory of modern love without ever losing her inimitable sense of humor. (Universal)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 37
  2. Negative: 11 out of 37
  1. 80
    If you liked "Love, Actually," you'll love this too, another small jewel in the crown of unabashedly commercial, cheerfully middlebrow, eminently exportable British fluff.
  2. The bright spot, again, is Grant.
  3. 63
    Too bad Kidron, Fielding and company pay only cafe lip service to satire.
  4. Final verdict: Cast is excellent; movie is OK; men and women are soooo different.
  5. 50
    The director, Beeban Kidron, handles the proceedings with an episodic aimlessness on par with Bridget's.
  6. Takes the worst and most annoying elements of the first film and treats them like grand assets.
  7. Man, does this one make the first movie look like a masterpiece. What was Renée Zellweger thinking? It can't have been fun to put on all that weight, especially for a film as ghastly as this.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
  1. matta.
    Dec 14, 2005
    8
    Cannot understand why the critics were so harsh with this. Just as good as the first one. There are some seriously classic scenes here and Cannot understand why the critics were so harsh with this. Just as good as the first one. There are some seriously classic scenes here and although Hugh Grant's limited screen time was unfortunate, it was still a very funny, romantic movie. Expand
  2. SusanM.
    Oct 11, 2005
    6
    Falls far short of the first BJ movie.
  3. MarkB.
    Jan 5, 2006
    3
    A failed attempt to recreate the fizz of 2000's charming and entertaining Bridget Jones' Diary that follows the A failed attempt to recreate the fizz of 2000's charming and entertaining Bridget Jones' Diary that follows the all-too-typically-followed path also trodden by such sequels as Barbershop 2: Back in Business and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde: let's give 'em More Of The Same, only to prove again that more is less. Unlike the Reese Witherspoon and Ice Cube second go-rounds, you can't totally make the criticism that Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is an UNNECESSARY sequel; Helen Fielding, the author of the book on which the original was baseddid indeed write a followup, but the adapters seemed about as interested in following Fielding's plotline as they were in following that of James Joyce's Ulysses. Even so, the original ended perfectly and organically with insecure-in-love-work-and-everything-else Bridget dumping Mr. Wrong, embracing Mr. Right and finding True Love At Last. As played so endearingly by Renee Zellweger in the original, Bridget (a British lass whose rough American equivalent is the comic strip character Cathy) was both hilariouly awkward AND tremendously empathy-inducing; you laughed at her multiple faux pas but also felt hugely protective of her and had a real rooting interest in her well-being. Well, good-bye to all that: it's not Renee's fault; she's still an excellent actress and terrific farceur who's doing what the script tells her to--but Bridget in the sequel has gone from appealingly vulnerable to so ridiculously insecure and needy, endlessly embarrassing and humiliating boyfriend Mark (Colin Firth) that I found myself constantly wondering something that was the furthest thing from my mind while watching the original: namely, "Why in God's name doesn't he toss this shrill Looney Tune out on her ear and change all the locks?" Expand
  4. Apr 5, 2012
    0
    Uttterly stupid! It was a real disappointment! ...so now, Bridget is the girl that everybody loves, hot, successful, smar guys and alsoUttterly stupid! It was a real disappointment! ...so now, Bridget is the girl that everybody loves, hot, successful, smar guys and also intelligent, gorgeous, successful lesbians? Really? I mean....should I say much more? I have no intentions to watch it never again! To me is a real 0 and not because it is a sequel- I am always tolerant with sequels-but because the whole story is silly, ridiculously boring, and feels forced! Bridget is worse than ever! Unfortunatley they have destroyed all the attractiveness that Hugh Grant's character used to have, they made him little less than evil...and he was the best character of the first movie! If you can avoid watching it, but if you are curious watch it, and if you like it-I don't think you will- then good on you! Expand

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