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Bridget Jones's Diary

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United Kingdom, France, United States
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2001

Rated R · 1h 37m

Director Sharon Maguire
Starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones

Genre Comedy, Romance, Drama

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Bridget Jones, struggling against her age, her weight, her job, and her lack of a man, decides to take control of her life in the new year by keeping a diary in which she will always tell the complete truth. The fireworks begin when her charming though disreputable boss takes an interest in her.

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Ting Shing Koh Profile picture for Ting Shing Koh

Although cliche and predictable, what makes this film stand out is Renée Zellweger performance in it. She manages to make audiences root for and even fall in love with a clumsy, crass, and often contradictory character. It's the first film in a classic romcom series that will never go out of style.

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80

Newsweek by

She's (Zellweger) so disarming and so deeply Bridget -- gliding between mortifying slapstick and pathos -- that she's entirely won you over by the time the credits have rolled. The opening credits.
75

Boston Globe by Jay Carr

The film not only works better than expected but gets the important things right, starting, of course, with Zellweger's Bridget and Bridget's mind-set.
75

USA Today by Susan Wloszczyna

Where the highly likable actress (Zellweger) proves most valuable is in making us adore this insecure, clumsy, contradictory creature.

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