Harriet the Spy - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Harriet the Spy Reviews

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M. Faust
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Fans of the book will want to see this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
October 30, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
September 25, 2003
A kids' movie that's more serious - and substantial - than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100
Brandon Judell
May 6, 2003
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.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
A better-than-expected kid's-book adaptation.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
July 25, 2002
The whimsical and meaningless first part dissolves into a mean spirited and disturbing concluding section.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 17, 2002
Like the novel, Harriet the Spy is a rare children's story that celebrates the budding artistic spirit.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 9, 2002
A very draggy affair because Harriet's exploits are treated like an episodic laundry list.
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Ann Hulbert
January 1, 2000
...in busily updating the '60s story for the more worldly '90s, the filmmakers have ended up, ironically, with a product much more naively juvenile than the original.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Harriet the Spy has real character in some of its details, but it never feels like much more than a low-budget TV show.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John Paul Powell
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Nick's methodology is way, way, outta synch with the spirit of Louise Fitzhugh's award-winning book.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
...a tedious adaptation...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/3
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
...doesn't live up to its promise as a movie that could have had a lot of fun exploiting the ingenuity-themed construct.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Sean P. Means
January 1, 2000
There's a certain amateurish quality about Harriet the Spy, but it's more the TV-trained grownups behind the camera...than the pint-sized thespians in front of it.
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Tom Keogh
January 1, 2000
The film's OK, a little thick with sensory overload, but it wasn't made for old guys like me.
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Keith Simanton
January 1, 2000
There's dancing, and bubble blowing and bed bouncing that's entirely aimless and Harriet's neighborhood sleuthing becomes particularly pointless.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
...the pacing is slow and there are scenes that seem amateurish...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
[The] movie really is supposed to be for kids after all, and since none of the material is too dark, it should do a decent job of keeping them entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Fresh and charming, it never plays down to kids.
| Original Score: 3/4
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