A Little Princess (1995)



Critic Consensus: Alfonso Cuarón adapts Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel with a keen sense of magic realism, vividly recreating the world of childhood as seen through the characters.

Movie Info

A privileged, free-spirited young girl tries to adapt to life in a strict boarding school in this charming, critically acclaimed children's fantasy. Adapting a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, also the author of The Secret Garden, the film shifts the story's setting to World War I. 10 year-old Sara Crewe (Liesel Matthews) has been left in a respected New York City boarding school while her British father heads overseas to fight. Filled with wild stories and a playful attitude, the … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Frances Hodgson Burnett, Richard LaGravenese
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 18, 1997
Warner Home Video


as Miss Minchin

as Captain Crewe/Prince...

as Sara Crewe

as Amelia Minchin

as Charles Randolph

as Ram Dass

as Ermengarde

as Lavinia

as Doctor in Hospital

as Bakery Woman

as Princess Sita

as Frances the Milkman

as Monsieur Dufarge

as John Randolph

as Flower Lady

as Doctor in Hospital

as Mabel the Cook

as Ermengarde's Father

as Rich Boy in Street

as Beggar Man in Fantas...

as Bakery Woman

as Policeman

as Frances the Milkman
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Critic Reviews for A Little Princess

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (10)

The film uses studio resources to create an entrancing world both in New York and in the heroine's fantasies about India.

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An astonishing work of studio artifice, A Little Princess is that rarest of creations, a children's film that plays equally well to kids and adults.

Full Review… | June 10, 2008
Top Critic

An exemplary version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A bright, beautiful and enchantingly childlike vision.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

It's not only suitable for consumption by those over age 10, it's actually enjoyable.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Cuaron's version of magic realism consists of seeing incredibly fanciful sets and situations in precise detail.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Little Princess

With a magic realism, Cuaron adaptation is a new vision of classic fairy tale.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Its such a cute little movie that i remember watching as a little and enjoying it because it does let the imagination run wild!
Its a sweet movie thats a family gem and worth a watch!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Yes, this is the same story as the Shirley Temple film, but they were both based on a book, so it's not exactly a remake. I read the book and saw this movie when I was younger, and I just loved it. Every young girl wishes to be a princess, and this movie will really sparks the imagination. It's a good movie, and a great story.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

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