‘Bridesmaids’: What Critics Say

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Kristin Wiig is winning raves for her first big-screen leading role.

Kristin Wiig headlines her first major comedy Bridesmaids (out Friday), and here’s what the critics are saying:

Notes THR’s Todd McCarthy: “For longtime Wiig fans, this uneven, overlong, emotionally involving and discreetly ambitious film will represent a welcome and overdue step up from her popular sketch work on Saturday Night Live to something sustained and searching, not to mention pretty funny. Although titled and decked out like a chick flick, this is a picture that can reach both sexes but won't appeal much to teenagers, giving Universal a tricky but not insurmountable marketing challenge.”

Dubbing the comedy "The Hangover in Drag," Rolling Stone's Peter Travers says that it is "full of genuinely hilarious moments, but the problem is that it's maybe the most schizophrenic comedy of the summer, with the female perspective of the story, which was co-written by Wiig, getting mixed up with the crude gross-out humor you'd expect from" a Judd Apatow production (Apatow serves as producer).

As the film's lead character Annie -- a lovelorn woman who tries to bluff her way through bizarre wedding rituals with an eclectic group of bridesmaids -- Wiig "gives herself to these scenes with abandon," notes Time's Mary Pols.

Meanwhile, The Chicago Tribune praises her chemistry with costar (and former SNL alum Maya Rudolph).

"Wiig and Rudolph have remarkable natural rapport; they're wonderful together," writes the Tribune's Michael Phillips. "The scenes that truly matter to the story — the ones where we have to feel something's at stake with this friendship — click satisfyingly into place."

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