The reviews for ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ are in… and they’re pretty darn good.
At the time of publishing, the comeback movie has a rare 100% ‘fresh’ rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, meaning that it’s positive notices all round.
In a four-star review, Empire‘s Terri White notes: “Bridget is back: still bumbling and fumbling but immediately funnier and sharper than before.
“Though the story occasionally stretches credibility, the warmth and wit propels you along.”
Jane Crowther in Total Film writes: “A warm, witty and welcome return – intelligently evolved and an absolute hoot. As Bridget would say: ‘v.good’.”
Entertainment Weekly‘s Kevin P. Sullivan adds: “The proceedings may be typical for Bridget and the series, but it’s all played so earnestly that it’s difficult to hold a grudge.”
Calling the movie a ‘bundle of joy’ In the Radio Times, Stella Papamichael writes: “Even if the machinations of the plot are highly unlikely and predictable, like the best British comedy, there are moments that make you cringe as well as laugh out loud.”
Even the more lukewarm reviews are still pretty glowing.
Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian calls it ‘a solid and satisfying comeback’, adding: “This is pretty broad comedy we’re talking about: not Mrs Brown’s Boys-broad, but broad nevertheless. Yet the effect is achieved in the same way as the first movie.
“Basically, Bridget presides over a kind of coalition government of very good supporting turns which on aggregate enforce their chaotic comic rule over the audience. Just about.”
For Variety, Catherine Bray adds: “Bridget Jones’s Baby” is not a comedy for the ages, but it’s interesting to see a rom-com starring a middle-aged woman grappling with irrelevance in the workplace.”
The movie sees Renee Zellweger reprising her role as Bridget Jones from Helen Fielding’s best-selling novels, 12 years after the last movie adaptation, the notably less well-reviewed ‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason’, from 2004.
Directed by Sharon Maguire, this time around Bridget, having broken up with Colin Firth’s Mark Darcy, finds herself enamoured with dashing American gent Jack, played by Patrick Dempsey.
She also finds herself pregnant, and somewhat unsure of who the father is.
It’s out across the UK from September 16.
Image credits: Universal