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  • Summary: A romantic comedy based on the one-woman show written by and starring "Second City" alumna Nia Vardalos.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 90
    Like Vardalos and Corbett, who play their roles with vibrant charm, the film, directed by Joel Zwick, is heartfelt and hilarious in ways you can't fake. It's a keeper.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    There is a long and honorable tradition of broad intermarriage comedies (from the Romans to Abie's Irish Rose to La Cage aux Folles), and this one comes at least shoulder-high to the best. It has been directed by Joel Zwick in a happy, bustling style and acted with madcap ethnic relish.
  3. With Corbett's laidback persona nicely countering Vardalos's authorial performance, the picture radiates a pure affability that's awfully attractive. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a very slim movie that succeeds on its own modest terms without pretense or apology.
  4. There's such a good-natured heart beating beneath the cliches that it's easy to appreciate the film's willingness to poke gentle fun without a whiff of nastiness or judgment.
  5. 60
    An amiable, offhanded comedy about ethnic identity and last-chance romance.
  6. 60
    Vardalos is a pleasing mix of Elaine May and Bonnie Hunt; in other words, she's not a sex kitten, but she's funny and smart.
  7. The wedding, which turns the very concept of ''Greek'' into the sort of hideous, pandering clichés that look rejected from bad Jewish and Italian sitcoms.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 116
  1. Sep 3, 2010
    10
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a great movie with a great cast. There are some silly moments however,but Nia Vardalos did worse in I HateMy Big Fat Greek Wedding is a great movie with a great cast. There are some silly moments however,but Nia Vardalos did worse in I Hate Valentine's Day! Expand
  2. MeghanC.
    Mar 7, 2003
    10
    Funny.
  3. MeghanC.
    Nov 16, 2002
    10
    Funny.
  4. TrishB.
    Aug 30, 2006
    10
    I thought it was very entertaining; a definite "feel good movie'.
  5. Apr 12, 2015
    8
    i really like this film. it has some really funny moments which will resinate well with people who have regularly visited or lived in Greece.i really like this film. it has some really funny moments which will resinate well with people who have regularly visited or lived in Greece. it's not perfect by any means as some of it is slightly grating and i would be lying if i said it didn't fall in to quite a few Romantic Comedy clich├ęs but i'll take it over a lot of those film because it feels like it has a personal charm to it and some excellent jokes . it's also well acted for the most part especially Michael Constantine who gives an excellent and believable performance Expand
  6. Jul 30, 2014
    6
    Surprisingly original, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is full of life and humour. In spite of exaggerating modern Greek lifestyle, it is quiteSurprisingly original, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is full of life and humour. In spite of exaggerating modern Greek lifestyle, it is quite lively and entertaining, much due to its cast's praiseworthy performances. Expand
  7. ElVulturo
    Jan 25, 2006
    0
    Perhaps the worst movie of all time. Awful, awful, awful. I feel like I've been stabbed after watching it. You could write a rather Perhaps the worst movie of all time. Awful, awful, awful. I feel like I've been stabbed after watching it. You could write a rather large book about just how terrible this movie is, but for now I'll stick with the 'highlights'. 1. The character of Ian. He's barely human. A walking doormat, bereft of an identity, emotions, or a spine. It's a wonder how he gets out of bed. So your bride to be has a pushy but loving family that won't give her any space. Do you react angrily to their constant demands? Try to instigate a little give and take in the relationship? Gently steer her towars some form of independence? Hell no. You bend over and take it as deep as humanly possible. Baptism? Church Wedding? Completely ignore his own parents? Ditch his best man because he's not Greek? Generally act like a human doormat? No problem! Not once does he get angry, or even question the motives of his new inlaws. So her parents don't want her to marry a non-Greek? His solution, to give up his identity and try to act as Greek as humanly possible. Which brings us to... 2. Stereotypes. Those crazy Greeks! Always with the wackiness! And look at the "ingenious" contrast between their over the top ways and those stiff, uptight Wasps. No doubt hilarity will ensue. One wonders how the write restrained from having Ian have a 'funky' black sidekick who can't help but say "awww helll no" when offered some Ouzo and the one millionth rendition of the Zorba dance. 3. Anti-feminist. The message the family sends to their daughter? You can marry anyone you want (and even then, not really, only if he tries really really really really hard to be as Greek as humanly possible). Not that you can be whatever you want. Or aspire or achieve anything you set your mind to. No. You can marry anyone you want, provided that we still control your life and steamroll your values whenever we choose. At the end of the movie, the father, in a great emotional display, traps his daughter by buying her a house NEXT DOOR. Wow, thanks dad. How unbelievably "out there". 4. It's not funny. If you love "everyone loves Raymond" or "Yes Dear" then you'll love this steaming turd. Witness punchlines you'll see coming a mile off! Enjoy the most tired movie cliches of all time! 5. One dimensional characters. Apart from the female lead, not a single character in this movie felt like a real person. And even then she was only one step above being a spineless automaton. We've got the senile grandma, the prankster brother, the wacky aunt, the overprotective father, the uptight Wasps. I must have missed the scene with the Rabbi, the Irishman, and the thrifty Scot. Conclusion: It's not that you can't have a good comedy based on ethnic and cultural clashes; it's been done a million times before. What's missing here is the clash, any semblance of conflict, or heart, for that matter. You don't have to be making highbrow arthouse cinema to do this well. For example, "Bend It Like Beckham" does much the same thing, only it has the advantage of a good plot, interesting characters and jokes that are actually funny. If I sound bitter, well, guilty as charged. I sat through a nine hour bus ride with this abomination blaring from multiple screens. After the huge box office and all the hype, I was ready to like this film. But it sucks. Terribly, horribly, utterly, completely. Expand

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