Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 18 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Apr 26, 2013
    75
    The movie, in its basic concept, is corny and contrived, but as written and directed by Justin Zackham, it's executed in a pleasantly wry and understated fashion.
  2. 63
    Coarse, crude but often cute, The Big Wedding serves up the spectacle of its title, and the bigger spectacle of four AARP-eligible Oscar winners cursing like sailors.
  3. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Apr 25, 2013
    55
    The rare example of a film that had to have been a tonal mystery to everyone involved for the entire process of scripting, shooting, and editing. The lingering issue? They never managed to crack the case.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 28, 2013
    50
    Forced, formulaic and never believable. It's a particularly unholy combination.
  5. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Apr 25, 2013
    50
    It’s just such a shining example of a dull studio comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Apr 25, 2013
    50
    The fact that the three actors who do most of the fooling around — Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon — have a combined age of 202 pegs this as a sex romp for the Viagra crowd.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 25, 2013
    50
    No one is bad in The Big Wedding, but no one is remotely believable, either.
  8. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 25, 2013
    50
    Most of this huge-cast extravaganza is a botched farce. When that doesn't work, it turns sentimental. The presence of liked and familiar actors helps make it watchable, but there is no disguising that this is a weak, badly constructed comedy. At least it's short.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 25, 2013
    50
    The movie's own brand of charm has its subset of smarm.
  10. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Apr 24, 2013
    50
    There’s not a bad performance in this movie. De Niro, Keaton and Sarandon are particularly good, what a surprise. But it feels as if all the guests at “The Big Wedding” are wearing ID tags telling us their one Plot Point.
  11. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    May 27, 2013
    40
    Ben Barnes as a Colombian? Really?
  12. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Apr 28, 2013
    40
    The Big Wedding isn’t terrible. De Niro is actually pretty good here — the script gives him plenty of raunchy one-liners, and, while they’re mostly lame, he delivers with conviction, which counts for something nowadays.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Apr 25, 2013
    40
    The film isn’t so much funny as it is merely amusing — a laundry list of inappropriate and potentially embarrassing moments that strive mightily, but never quite manage to land the laugh.
  14. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Apr 25, 2013
    40
    Zackham's film feels as plastic as a cake topper — and just as hard to digest.
  15. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jun 11, 2013
    38
    The movie is bland hackwork; its crime isn't incompetence, but indifference.
  16. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 26, 2013
    38
    It's tired and dated with too few laughs to justify the stultifying attempts at drama and the impossible-to-swallow plot contortions.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 25, 2013
    38
    It’s nearly tragic to see America’s Greatest Living Actor on the guest list for The Big Wedding, the latest limp comedy about seniors behaving badly.
  18. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Apr 25, 2013
    37
    Even the susceptible softies, who always cry at weddings, will probably leave the theater dry-eyed, not to mention feeling a little empty inside.
  19. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    May 1, 2013
    30
    I’m not saying there isn’t comic gold to be mined in the topic of cunnilingus and the senior set, but The Big Wedding couldn’t hit pay dirt even if it face-palmed the film first.
  20. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 25, 2013
    30
    To be fair, there are moments that earn their laughs and nostalgic memories for the marriage that was and the relationship that is that are sweet. But like many big weddings — a lot of things go wrong and not much goes right.
  21. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 25, 2013
    30
    There is nothing about the movie that isn’t utterly predictable. You meet a character, and it’s immediately obvious what’s going to happen to him (or her). And then it happens. Maybe it’s meant to make you feel good about your deductive reasoning skills or something. But mostly it just makes you want to see something else.
  22. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Apr 25, 2013
    25
    Quaint and crass get together — or would that be “bump uglies”? — with awkward, thoroughly flat results in The Big Wedding, an ensemble comedy with a tonal cluelessness as surprising as the name cast that signed on for it anyway.
  23. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Jun 15, 2013
    20
    Putting the ‘retch’ into ‘wretched’, this wedding comedy makes the fatal assumption that the sight of acting icons of a certain age – Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton – behaving badly will have us rolling in the aisles.
  24. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    May 27, 2013
    20
    This would-be-frothy date flick is a sub-"Meet the Fockers" dog’s dinner.
  25. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    May 20, 2013
    20
    The Big Wedding isn’t telling a story so much as selling a lifestyle – one that, rather like Heigl’s morning sickness, makes you want to vomit.
  26. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Apr 30, 2013
    20
    Cloyingly crude and dispiritingly typical ensemble Hollywood farce.
  27. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 25, 2013
    20
    The Big Wedding lets them all down with bottom-rung sitcom shtick and an undercurrent of squareness masquerading as absurdity.
  28. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Apr 25, 2013
    16
    It’s almost impressive how the moronic new ensemble comedy The Big Wedding manages to cram three hours’ worth of nonsensical subplots, extraneous characters, and implausible plot points into 90 minutes of streamlined idiocy.
  29. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Apr 27, 2013
    12
    For a movie ultimately about what freaks we all are behind the fronts we build for the sake of normalcy, the apathetically performed The Big Wedding couldn't possibly be more square.
  30. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Apr 25, 2013
    10
    To say that Justin Zackham’s farce The Big Wedding takes the low road doesn’t begin to do justice to the sheer awfulness of this star-stuffed, potty-mouthed fiasco.
  31. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Apr 26, 2013
    0
    Many Hollywood films are founded on privilege, but few are as open and nasty about their racism, misogyny, and homophobia.
  32. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 25, 2013
    0
    “I’d rather gouge my eyes out with hot spoons!’’ De Niro exclaims at one point. I’m not sure exactly what he was talking about, but I’d like to think it referred to the prospect of being forced to watch The Big Wedding.
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. Jul 14, 2013
    5
    The movie is not delivering anything new, it is incredibly tiresome and ordinary, it has lots of cliches some giggles but nothing really overall new. Despite being not that funny with third rate predictable story, it is one of the sweetest movies I have ever watch, including the big and great cast ensemble, it is entertaining and an enjoyable movie just to pass time, it is not a bad movie but absolutely it is not a good movie either, it is just static and funny for what it is, but no one is gonna remember it, you'll have some entertaining time and some laughs, but you will go out of the theater saying "whatever". It is corny, cheesy and unoriginal in so many ways, but it is not a bad experience, just watch it, and you will be enjoying it till the finish, but it is not near great and it is not bad, it is a mediocre rom-com. Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2013
    4
    The movie is not terrible, but it's one of those movies that no one's going to remember. The storyline and characters are just stale and don't really interest you. It does have its funny moments, but sadly, that's only 20% of the movie. I honestly wish I had more to say, but I'm almost positive that this is probably the most underrated movie of the year so far. Overall, it's just boring. Plain and Simple! Full Review »
  3. May 1, 2013
    6
    The Big Wedding is a corny romantic flick. It takes up some space and with a long super cast it does entertain. Not to mention that Justin Zackham who got to work with Robert De Niro has made a quite disappointing movie. The Big Wedding is just a film about Robert De Niro and his Oldey girlfriend get together for a wedding and "things" happen. It's weird that people didn't like it. I mean its a okay movie. I wanted to give it a 4 or 0 or 3 but still i enjoyed it. It's one of these movies that you won't remember. One time watch will be great at a matinee price only. Only. Full Review »