Harriet the Spy (1996)
Welcome to the spyhouse: The beloved novel by Louise Fitzhugh arrives on the screen as a study in prepubescent torment, although one with energy, good performances and some sturdy object lessons.
- PG (for mild language and some thematic elements)
- Action & Adventure , Kids & Family , Comedy
- Directed By:
- Bronwen Hughes
- Written By:
- Greg Taylor , Julie Talen , Louise Fitzhugh , Douglas Petrie , Theresa Rebeck
- In Theaters:
- Jul 10, 1996 Wide
- On DVD:
- May 27, 2003
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Critic Reviews for Harriet the Spy
A very draggy affair because Harriet's exploits are treated like an episodic laundry list.
A below mediocre adaptation of the popular novel that is nonetheless served well by the two female leads, but all representative of the adults world (parents, teachers, psychologists) are narrow, standard-issue constructions.
Will remind parents of their own youth, and it will aid those living theirs out now to cope a little easier -- and that's just what a children's film should do.
A better-than-expected kid's-book adaptation.
The whimsical and meaningless first part dissolves into a mean spirited and disturbing concluding section.
Like the novel, Harriet the Spy is a rare children's story that celebrates the budding artistic spirit.
While the well-loved novel was apparently about the admirable battle a kid must wage in order to become an artist in the face of peer disapproval, the movie seems to be about a mean-spirited tyke who has no scruples.
Nick's methodology is way, way, outta synch with the spirit of Louise Fitzhugh's award-winning book.
...doesn't live up to its promise as a movie that could have had a lot of fun exploiting the ingenuity-themed construct.
Audience Reviews for Harriet the Spy
This is another movie that really inspired me when I was younger. Many people can relate to Harriet's problems in this movie, or have wanted to be spies like her at some point in their childhood. This is a good movie. Also, this movie is based on a great children's book.More
Probably Michelle Trachtenberg's best performance. I thought this movie was okay as a kid, but now, I like it even better. I can't quite pinpoint the quality - perhaps it's the bluesy groove or Rosie O'Donnell's straightforward delivery of the life lessons.More
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