Her Majesty Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 18, 2005
Her Majesty has all the makings of a perfectly charming family picture, and then the plot runs off the rails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 15, 2005
Thinly drawn characters and ridiculous plot twists, not to mention being a rather sleepy, unengaging film anyway. But hey, no naughty stuff!
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
February 15, 2005
An excess of tired elements lend the narrative the trite sensation of an ABC After-School Special.
| Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 17, 2005
Her Majesty has worse problems than a lack of realism, namely mediocre direction and acting that's at the level of bad community theatre.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 11, 2004
The movie has good intentions, but not much artistic merit behind them.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 12, 2004
So jammed with silly elements that it makes one weary.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
February 17, 2005
Plots points and themes of imperialism and racism are hit on the nose repeatedly, until the audience takes a beating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 18, 2005
Its amateurish elements often betray the relatively low budget, and there's also a serious lack of energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
February 18, 2005
Too earnest for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Poignant story about tolerance and friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 1, 2004
The interactions between Elizabeth and Hira Mata have a nice natural warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star
April 30, 2004
Despite its clunkier moments, Her Majesty generally works because it realizes that kids often understand adult foibles much better than grownups themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 27, 2007
An outstanding family film about a teenage girl in New Zealand whose openness to others and yearning for justice is inspirational.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
May 25, 2004
This magical story follows a 13 year old girl in New Zealand who dreams that Queen Elizabeth will visit her small village of Middleton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
May 6, 2004
Offers a miniature, slightly Splenda-ized history lesson that is both inspiring and entertaining for all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
February 16, 2005
doesn't wallow in saccharine. It tells a tough story without apologies, and in the end charms the most hard-hearted . . . with its sense of joy and of justice
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 8, 2008
It's a nice study of a young girl's happy obsession.
Bob Ross
Tampa Tribune
May 11, 2005
The story's conflicts come unexpectedly, and they are the reasons the film is as instructive as it is entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
May 11, 2005
Gordon's nifty scenario juggles various aspects -- ordinary brink-of-adolescence growing pains, multicultural-tolerance lessons, suspense gambits -- with entertaining skill.
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
May 11, 2005
An enjoyable family viewing experience.
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AV Club
February 17, 2005
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