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83
The script contains some genuinely uproarious laughs and is sharper than it needs to be, even if some of the jokes feel as old as Bridget's condoms.
80
A warm, witty and welcome return - intelligently evolved and an absolute hoot. As Bridget would say: 'v.good'.
80
Though the story occasionally stretches credibility, the warmth and wit so reminiscent of the original Bridget Jones's Diary propels you along, being due in large part to the return of one woman: director Sharon Maguire. You feel her filthy, funny thumbprints pressed on almost every scene.
75
She's a woman gamely surviving the pitfalls and pratfalls of her own desperation and insecurities, and Zellweger creates a hugely sympathetic character.
60
What sealed the deal for me - by a whisker - was the gigantic physical comedy that Dempsey, Zellweger and Firth uncorked as they try to get through the hospital revolving door as Bridget is about to give birth, the traditional romcom rush to the airport having been re-invented for this maternal drama.
60
It's a comeback you root for, then, even while it's wobbling and occasionally falling in the mud. But goodwill gets it home.
60
In its own deja vu way, Bridget Jones Baby is intermittently entertaining, mainly thanks to Zellweger's performance.
60
Despite Zellweger's appealingly warm, vulnerable performance, the film itself is a mixed bag.
50
Once again excelling, Zellweger has much to do with the safe transition of this new Bridget, maintaining all the old quirks and sweetness, but in a believably more mature shell.
50
There are crisply folded lines, and pleasingly peppery performances from the supporting cast especially, but where its beating heart should be there is a splinter of ice, the sense that no one involved is really doing this for that much love.
50
Once again excelling, Zellweger has much to do with the safe transition of this new Bridget, maintaining all the old quirks and sweetness, but in a believably more mature shell.

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