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Chasing Liberty (2004)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 28

Formulaic comfort food for the teen crowd.



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Television director Andy Cadiff turns toward feature films to direct the romantic comedy Chasing Liberty, which appears to be loosely based on the 1953 Audrey Hepburn classic Roman Holiday. Mandy Moore stars as Anna Foster, the 18-year-old daughter of President of the United States James Foster (Mark Harmon). Anna has led quite a privileged life, but she has grown to resist the constant presence of Secret Service agents getting in the way of her independence. While on a family trip to Europe,

May 4, 2004


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All Critics (123) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (94) | DVD (23)

Forgettable fluff but it left me in an unaccountably bad mood, mainly because it's a step back for Mandy Moore.

January 17, 2004 Full Review Source:
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Moore's lip-glossed petulance never catches fire with Goode's canned drollery.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's one TV-movie romp that Kristy McNichol never got around to starring in.

January 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Chasing Liberty will probably win over as many fuddy-duddy fathers as fillies with its mixture of sweetness tempered with genial cynicism.

January 9, 2004
Washington Post
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An endless, virtually laugh-free pastiche of Aaron Sorkin by way of Aaron Spelling.

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Chasing Liberty is strictly vanilla-flavoured, status quo entertainment.

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Middle school girls only need apply.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Bastou um pouco de ambição para que este simpático representante do gênero 'água-com-açúcar' deixasse o similar (e ruim) A Filha do Presidente a anos-luz de distância.

March 7, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Chasing Liberty just isn't worth the effort.

February 28, 2004 Full Review

Mandy Moore is a cute girl, but she's not quite reaching the level she needs to as an actor.

February 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

What sad times we live in when a contemporary knockoff of Roman Holiday stars, in the place of the immortal Audrey Hepburn... Mandy Moore.

February 5, 2004 Full Review Source:

The attempts at humor make a viewer long for the comedy and romance of Freddy vs. Jason.

February 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Mandy Moore's best movie so far, which, I realize, doesn't say much. The movie has its charm, but not enough to sustain its length.

January 24, 2004 Full Review Source:

Feels slapped together and unfocused.

January 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

The winter doldrums always are cursed by what I call "January Junk."

January 18, 2004 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

For teenage girls anxious to learn about love through rose-colored glasses, look no further.

January 15, 2004
Palo Alto Weekly

The thoroughly unremarkable Chasing Liberty makes it three negligible movies in a row for Mandy Moore.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Chasing Liberty is a fantasy without anything fantastic.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Mandy so doesn't want to be lumped in with Hilary and Lindsay. Their names end in "y," but, like Kiss, Mandy wants to put the "x" in sex. OK, maybe not that rowdy.

January 15, 2004 Full Review

...a predictable lukewarm comedy...

January 14, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

I know I'm supposed to intensely dislike this latest Mandy Moore offering. The problem is that I don't dislike it -- intensely or otherwise.

January 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It confronts the universal adolescent plea for freedom from parental supervision, taken from the sly angle of a rich kid's rejection of material privilege

January 13, 2004 Full Review

'Chasing Liberty' features fetching leads, a vibrant soundtrack and beautiful locales -- but otherwise it's pretty forced and repetitive.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

This brand of romantic comedy mostly depends on the appeal of its stars, and Mandy Moore is an uncommonly gifted young talent.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Chasing Liberty

The best 'president daughter' type of film that I've seen. This puts 'First Daughter' to shame. Mandy Moore and Matthew Goode make an adorable couple and I really enjoyed the whole story line despite knowing what the end would be like.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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Anna Foster has no personality. All I can infer from the past hour and fifty minutes is that she whines, fishes for compliments, and all-around fails at actually taking care of herself. Still, Matthew Goode is rather luscious candy for the eyes and ears. He even gets one of those wildly romantic declarations of love with Britishisms like "adored" and "un-bloody-hinged."
July 27, 2010

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"Every family has a rebel. Even the First Family."

Anna Foster has never had an ordinary life. At eighteen years old, she is the most protected girl in America; she is the First Daughter...

One wonders if the makers of this film didn't ever find out another movie about the same subject was also being released at about the same time as this one, "First Daughter". Obviously, this is a film targeted to young girls who will, without a doubt, love it. Andy Cadiff, its director, doesn't add anything new to the formula these movies follow and the result, while not unpleasant, leaves us with a feeling we have seen it all before.

The film becomes a great travelogue where Anna, the daughter of the American president escapes from Prague with a young man she has met and seems to like. They are supposed to go to Berlin, but obviously, they take the train going south and end up in Venice! Oh well, leave it to the creators of the movie to take the cute Anna all over the continent trying to find herself.

Mandy Moore is a young actress that could do better. One hopes she is not typecast into these young girl she seems to play. The others in the movie do an adequate job. The film best asset the great exteriors one sees throughout the length of the movie.
February 9, 2010
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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    1. Anna Foster: The things you're scared of are usually the most worth while.
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