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  • Summary: No one ever paid much attention to Muriel (Collette) and her humdrum small-town life, so she and her best friend, Rhonda (Griffiths), decide to leave it behind and head for the big city ... where they end up having the exciting adventure of their lives! (Miramax)
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    Wickedly mocking but empathetic, able to laugh at its characters while paying attention to their sorrows, this subversive comedy about self-esteem resists the notion that films have to timidly remain within tidy genre rules.
  2. 88
    And the casting of minor characters (including Muriel's sister with the naughty-naughty smirk) is flawless.
  3. 75
    A crowd pleaser that spices a tired formula with genuine feeling.
  4. Reviewed by: Alison Macor
    67
    Thankfully there are no weight-loss montage sequences; what you see with Muriel is what you get, like it or not. This refusal to change or convert the main characters makes the film so appealing.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Most of the action is played for broad laughs, and Hogan demonstrates the ability to generate them, even if the humor is very base and often cruel, making fun of people's looks and ineptitude.
  6. Watching this is a feature-length exercise in frustration - comedy that promises to be amusingly black stays uniformly grey; sentiment that looks to be credibly bittersweet winds up badly soured. We're constantly tantalized and perpetually disappointed, but don't despair - there's one terrific bonus...Toni Collette.
  7. Oscillating back and forth between insulting its two central characters (Muriel and her dad) and showing they have hidden depths, this movie only shows true tact and understanding when it comes to flattering the audience; everyone on screen is strictly up for grabs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. PatC.
    Mar 20, 2006
    8
    A twisted version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding where petty motivations and an overabundance of amorality prompt both laughs and pity. Splendid A twisted version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding where petty motivations and an overabundance of amorality prompt both laughs and pity. Splendid portrayal by Colette of an ugly duckling who, in the process of transforming into a swan, finds her manic dysfunctional darkness and dishonesty resisting conversion to her new self-image. An exceptionally intelligent film brimming with authenticity, appealing both to the chick flick set and those who find that genre superficial. Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2014
    7
    You'll notice romantic-comedies are still using Muriel's Wedding as inspiration. Certainly not the finest work to come out of Australia butYou'll notice romantic-comedies are still using Muriel's Wedding as inspiration. Certainly not the finest work to come out of Australia but with Toni Collette and Abba alone, you're sure to enjoy it. Expand

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