I went to see this tonight, and I was actually not as excited as the friend I went to see it with. BUT – when the music started, my heart started beating faster, and I got ridiculously overexcited over a 2.5 hour chick flick.
Oh, it was wonderful. Everything I hoped for and more. It could have been 3 hours, and I would have been happy.
Basically, if you loved the show, you'll probably love the movie. If not, you won't. I'm not sure what the critics were expecting.
I won't say anything about the plot, but I will say I laughed (a lot) and cried (a lot).