Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
Watch On
  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
    While Muriel's Wedding has its moments of exhilarating humor, it is, as often as not, downbeat and even mean-spirited.
  4. 75
    A crowd pleaser that spices a tired formula with genuine feeling.
  5. There's poignant drama in this brash, sometimes overstated film, and Muriel's transformation is truly touching.
  6. Muriel's Wedding runs into trouble when it looks for poignancy too openly, working better at giddy moments than in its occasional sad ones. Most of the time, Mr. Hogan keeps his story light and surprising.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Forstrom
    50
    Ultimately, the comedy here is grounded in self-hatred, hostility, and despair. Nearly everyone who wanders through this brash and deliberately tasteless film is stupid, ungainly, or grotesquely tragic. But this only heightens the pleasure during moments of delirious merriment.
  10. 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.
  11. The trouble with the movie is that there's nothing to Muriel but her false dreams: We never quite glimpse the woman they're hiding.
  12. 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.
  13. 40
    Hogan seems skittish about going all the way with the darker side of his material...It's a bright, buoyant comedy about a very sad young woman -- and, regrettably, the mix just doesn't work.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »