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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]

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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. Reviewed by: Sara Brady
    50
    Bloated with too many pratfalls yet too little plot, and neutered of its most viciously hysterical moments.
  5. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    50
    In case you were holding your breath, Renée Zellweger's Bridget Jones is still sweetly earnest, chronically overweight and swinging once again from lovestruck to lovelorn.
  6. This picture has an ugly habit of humiliating Bridget, which "Diary" did not.
  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: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 12 out of 25
  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. Mar 31, 2016
    8
    Bridget Jones is back! The sequel to the 2001 hit. This sequel lacks the charm that its predecessor had, but Renee Zellweger as alwaysBridget Jones is back! The sequel to the 2001 hit. This sequel lacks the charm that its predecessor had, but Renee Zellweger as always charming and shines as the character, and this film still has a little bit of charm but under the charmingly uncharming direction by Beeban Kidron (Amy Foster and Used People). Based on Helen Fielding's second novel in the series, the three original writers including Ms. Fielding, Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies return to write the screenplay also they got another writer on board Adam Brooks. The story takes places four weeks after the first film Bridget Jones (played once again by the adorable Renèe Zellweger) is still working as a host and is dating Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). Bridget is jealous of the time that Mark spends with his co-worker Rebecca (Jacinda Barrett), Bridget thinks Mark is cheating on her, which causes their relationship to go down hill. Despite a vacation meant to smooth things over, ends their relationship. On an assignment in Thailand, she has a dalliance with her ex Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and is temporarily jailed for falsely accused for drug smuggling before Mark rescues her. Look I don't care for the predictability, I loved this movie is it perfect? No it's not perfect but it's a funny charming funny rom-com it's still cheerful and that's what I love about the Bridget Jones series, is it funny? Yes. Despite issues I found in the direction and some in the script. Zellweger saves this film, I still found this movie charming it's a good film with problems. 3.5 out of 4 Expand
  3. SusanM.
    Oct 11, 2005
    6
    Falls far short of the first BJ movie.
  4. 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
  5. 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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