Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
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  1. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    A triumph for all involved.
  2. 88
    Made against all odds into a funny and charming movie that understands the charm of the original, and preserves it.
  3. A delightful and endearing romantic comedy with the shape and resonance of a Jane Austen novel.
  4. 75
    Where the highly likable actress (Zellweger) proves most valuable is in making us adore this insecure, clumsy, contradictory creature.
  5. 95 breezy minutes that typify cotton-candy filmmaking.
  6. Fans of the genre will enjoy it if they're not distracted by trite plot twists.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The plot soon dwindles down to little more than a flimsy, Austen-esque comedy of circumstance.
  8. 78
    As much romantic fantasy as it is social satire, but more to the point -- it is gloriously and tear-wellingly funny.
  9. An endearing comedy that could well end up being one of the year's big hits.
  10. Bridget's most attractive asset is that she's played by Renée Zellweger.
  11. 90
    Delivers frisky fun for bruised romantics regardless of age, sex or nationality.
  12. Ms. Zellweger accomplishes the small miracle of making Bridget both entirely endearing and utterly real.
  13. 80
    The script is teasingly, pleasingly raunchy in places.
  14. 80
    Bessed with a gleamingly polished, very funny script.
  15. Cheerful, cheeky entertainment, a clever confection.
  16. Grant is casually fabulous and very amusing, but all power to Firth the actor. He's the compleat Darcy, and he never wavers.
  17. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Quite likable -- even sometimes, with the squeezable Zellweger its principal object, lovable.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    The movie gives us episodes from her life, and although some of them are charming and all of them well-played, I occasionally found myself wondering why I should want to be interested in this person.
  19. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    Misses its mark, failing to capitalize on the staccato rhythms and sardonic wit of Bridget's inner life.
  20. The filmmakers spend so much time milking gags they should have called it Bridget Jones's Dairy.
  21. I could have done without all the pushy tactics of this romantic comedy.
  22. 40
    The three-act structure is too predictable, and at 90 minutes, feels both draggy and hacked to the bone.
  23. How can you celebrate a movie in which Zellweger doesn't soar but simply avoids disaster?
  24. The urge to laugh is superceded by the urge to slap everybody and command them to stop embarrassing all of humanity.
  25. The Zellweger-Firth-Grant triangle works as irresistibly as Hepburn-Grant-Stewart in "The Philadelphia Story."
  26. Warm and charming and often witty, it's as good a romantic comedy as has come out for some time, with an endearing, perfectly pitched central performance that's a four-square triumph for Zellweger.
  27. As adorable and predictable a film as the Helen Fielding best-seller that inspired it.
  28. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The film not only works better than expected but gets the important things right, starting, of course, with Zellweger's Bridget and Bridget's mind-set.
  29. 75
    Zellweger has a ticklish furriness reminiscent of Jean Arthur in her screwball comic prime.
  30. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    It's Zellweger's movie to win or lose, of course, and she succeeds without the slightest touch of Hollywood glamour.
  31. 60
    What's right as rain with Diary is the casting.
  32. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    She's (Zellweger) so disarming and so deeply Bridget -- gliding between mortifying slapstick and pathos -- that she's entirely won you over by the time the credits have rolled. The opening credits.
  33. The worst part of Ms. Zellweger's plight is that she, along with others in the cast, has fallen victim to a first-time feature director whose vocabulary doesn't seem to include the word "simplicity."
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Jul 10, 2014
    Bridget Jones's Diary: 4/10: There have been a great number of woman's films that have successfully crossed over to the mainstream. SleeplessBridget Jones's Diary: 4/10: There have been a great number of woman's films that have successfully crossed over to the mainstream. Sleepless in Seattle, Jerry Maguire and Aliens are three classic examples of "chick flicks" that men can watch with their ladies, enjoy the film, and still get credit for being a sensitive guy that likes what she likes.

    Bridget Jones's Diary tries to come across as a frothy crossover comedy. You know one of those estrogen flicks that Hugh Grant now does since Tom Hanks was shipped off to make "important films". Diary however doesn't successfully crossover. It's a real chick flick through and through.

    The thirty something equivalent of Sixteen Candles. In fact it seems to have basically the same plot and characters as that John Hughes eighties perennial. Instead of our sixteen-year-old ugly duckling we have a thirty two year old overweight alcoholic with virtually no social skills. And instead of one impossible cute and rich suitor we now have two impossible rich and handsome suitors that fight over our protagonist.

    Now I have always felt Renee Zellweger was easy on the eyes and talented to boot. As for the extra weight she put on,(An act that the media with a straight face called "brave") well let's just say she wears it well. Her character however is such a horrible deceptive person that one really wonders why either man would want her for anything more than a quick shag.

    Like those other lovable raging alcoholics of the silver screen say Arthur or The McKenzie Brothers two hours of screen time is one thing but day-to-day living is another. One really wonders how long either man would really stick around with Miss Jones? (A: Till he got tired of shagging her.)

    One last question. What's is with the music? It's Raining Men? Ain't No Mountain High Enough? Does the CIA use this soundtrack on prisoners at Abu Ghraib? Doesn't the Geneva Convention mean anything?
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  2. Nov 21, 2012
    The film adaptation of Bridget Jones's Diary is sweet, honest, hilarious and has a great British cast (and Renee Zellweger, whose accent isThe film adaptation of Bridget Jones's Diary is sweet, honest, hilarious and has a great British cast (and Renee Zellweger, whose accent is thankfully utterly convincing). Bridget Jones makes a compelling heroine who's a real joy to spend time with, and you're carried along nicely with the highs and lows (mostly lows) of her life as a thirty-something singleton looking to improve her life on romantic, professional and emotional terms. The film doesn't make any major changes to the classic rom-com formula, but when a film is this emotionally engaging, well-written (by Andrew Davies and Richard Curtis), confidently directed (by Sharon Maguire) and so ably performed by the cast, it doesn't really need to stand out much from the crowd. You might find yourself shifting a bit uncomfortably towards the end as Bridget, like many rom-com protagonists takes a painfully long time to make the right decision, but a rewarding side story exploring the strained relationship of Bridget's parents (Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones) helps keep emotion levels high even if the main plot begins to tire. And Bridget really isn't fat, she's woman-shaped. Bridget Jones's Diary is still a great romantic comedy film that delivers everything it promises - laughter, tears and a comforting warm fuzzy feeling inside. Full Review »
  3. Apr 5, 2012
    It is fun, indeed! Unfortunatley, a comedy that is based in ordinary life, and ordinary issues has to be a bit more realistic. To me some ofIt is fun, indeed! Unfortunatley, a comedy that is based in ordinary life, and ordinary issues has to be a bit more realistic. To me some of the situations are just ridiculous, you just can't believe them for they are very credible.Personally, I never managed to like Bridget...and I do like Darcy a bit...but almost all the characters are 'movie-like' stereotypical. Bridget's friends do not feel real either.. My favourite-and perhaps the only character I actually did like- character there was the one played by Hugh Grant; I believe because he was more 'human', he was real! The movie would have been much better if he and Bridget ended up together. Still, Bridget was such a mediocre, unattractive, frivolous, shallow, and uneducated girl! Thus, the 'love' between her and Darcy didn't make sense. In fact, the movie never actually shows why they fell in love with each other. Especially why Darcy falls for Bridget!. There were no bases for that. Summarizing, the movie is good for a laugh, but that's it. Would I watch it again? Yeah, indeed, I do watch it every two years. Full Review »