Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. A mannerless, styleless brute, Bullock's Grace Hart is Eliza Doolittle in sweats.
  2. A mainstream Hollywood escapist fantasy that in the end melts satire into sentimentality, but it is funny and knowing, detached enough to take a bemused stance toward its calculated tone.
  3. 67
    A remarkably solid, streamlined, action-comedy in the ugly-duckling-to-gorgeous-swan genre that elicits more laughs and genuinely affecting moments than you might expect from its tepid ad campaign.
  4. Miss Congeniality would not be out of place as a TV series, so it makes sense that Candice Bergen and William Shatner appear as pageant co-hosts.
  5. The makeover from ugly duckling to swan essentially replaces narrative catharsis.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    She (Bullock) has a way of landing on her feet and remaining simpatico no matter how cheesy the script is. That's what happens here.
  7. 50
    A barrage of dangling plot strands, inconsistent characterizations, and suspense-free shootouts.
  8. 50
    It isn't bad so much as it lacks any ambition to be more than it so obviously is.
  9. 50
    The players are game. Too bad they don't have much of a coach or a plan.
  10. Has some entertaining moments, thanks mainly to Bullock herself, who is surprisingly glamorous as well as endearing.
  11. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    It is a measure of the movie's lack of inspiration that William Shatner is the funniest thing in it.
  12. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    William Shatner's comic timing helps him nearly steal the picture.
  13. 50
    Bullock maintains a luster and comic naturalness that most actresses couldn't pull off in such mediocrity.
  14. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    It all coalesces in a TV-level pleasantness, which isn't quite enough to fill a big screen.
  15. Supporting performances add comic spark to a movie that otherwise seems happily, deliberately second-rate.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Stumbling its way down the comedy runway, Miss Congeniality is yet another miscalculated vehicle for the ever-feisty Sandra Bullock.
  17. As lame as a three-legged mule.
  18. 30
    The kind of ugly-duckling role that's long been ironic for her (Bullock).
  19. 20
    I'd rather be buried in a mound of Floridian chad than watch director Donald Petrie force Bullock to jump through another desperately unfunny comic hoop.
  20. The jokes are lame, the set-up is stupid and Bullock, occasionally a winsome comedienne and here a co-producer, is annoying as heck.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Feb 9, 2014
    Miss Congeniality is one of those movies geared towards girls but is not exactly a chick flick- guys can enjoy it too. Sandra Bullock puts on one of her most annoyingly funny performances to date, and fits it well. Full Review »
  2. Jun 9, 2013
    People who didn't like this movie must have a difficult time enjoying themselves. Sure it was kind of stupid, but I actually enjoyed Sandra here. Quite funny and just an easy movie to watch for fun. Full Review »
  3. Feb 14, 2012
    Why the critic reviews of this movie are so bad? Miss Congeniality is an awesome movie, one of my favourite comedies ever starred by my favourite actress :) Full Review »