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The Secret Garden Reviews

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
August 1, 2013
The result is an instant classic -- rich, dense, resonant, powerful.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 1, 2013
While drawing superb performances from her young leads, Holland has masterfully contrasted the garden -- a place where melodic robins seem almost conversant -- with the dread of Misselthwaite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
August 1, 2013
The film retains the gothic atmosphere of the book and looks amazing, thanks to Roger Deakins's scintillating photography. Stealing the show is Maggie Smith as beastly housekeeper Mrs Medlock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 1, 2013
The movie's dark themes, unhurried pace and talkiness make it something of a gamble for many children. But older children -- especially those who have been asking specific questions about death -- may find some nourishment in this garden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 1, 2013
This enchanted tale vividly shows how love heals and nurtures barren souls, makes them flourish like abundant Edens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 1, 2013
Though it can get laborious, and produces the odd unintended chuckle, The Secret Garden is charming and sometimes chillingly authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 1, 2013
Any kids' movie that aims for something richer than the Saturday-matinee escapism of smiling whales and preschool ninjas -- that actually captures some of the mystery of childhood -- ought to be embraced. whatever its peculiarities.

August 1, 2013
This lavish treatment originated from Coppola's Zoetrope studio and follows their several successful films made for family audiences.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 1, 2013
An intelligently conceived and finely crafted picture with a G rating, a tag normally shunned by ambitious filmmakers because of its association with kiddie cartoons and squeaky-clean dullness.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 1, 2013
Screenwriter Caroline Thompson and director Agnieszka Holland have turned Frances Hodgson Burnett's rather gothic 1911 children's book into an evocative, beautifully realized picture.
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
August 1, 2013
The film is gorgeous to look at, from its period accouterments to its wanderings in explored space (the house is full of secret passageways) to its use of color.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve McKerrow
Baltimore Sun
August 1, 2013
The movie enchants, with a visual texture that clearly bears the mark of executive producer Francis Ford Coppola and confirms the arrival of Oscar-nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Great book, great adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Todd McCarthy
February 26, 2009
Executed to near perfection in all artistic departments, this superior adaptation of the perennial favorite novel will find its core public among girls , but should prove satisfying enough to a range of audiences.
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David Ansen
March 31, 2008
It is, first and foremost, a visual delight, a Victorian picture book come to life, from its brief prologue in India through its darkly enchanted recreation of Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire moors.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 16, 2008
What's truly marvelous about this Victorian fable is the wonderful performances from the child actors.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
With well-judged performances played straight, and topical subtexts (Green consciousness, the dysfunctional family), this 'children's' film sets no age limit on its potential audience.
Emanuel Levy
June 20, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
November 12, 2004
Agnieszka Holland and cinematographer Roger Deakins orchestrate the film's blossoming of human and plant life with care, transcending Hollywood's typical family fare.
| Original Score: 4/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
May 13, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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