A Cinderella Story (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Cinderella Story (2004)



Critic Consensus: An uninspired, generic updating of the classic fairy tale.

Movie Info

Cute but geeky high-school student Samantha Martin (Hilary Duff) is knocked off her feet by her father's untimely death, which leaves his diner and Samantha's well-being in the care of Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge), Sam's thoroughly wicked stepmother. Not one to take on such menial tasks as dishwashing and mopping floors, Fiona exploits Sam's dependence as a method of hoisting any dirty work off her own shoulders. School is hardly a break for Samantha, particularly when Shelby (Julie Gonzalo) is around; spoiled, wealthy, and popular, Shelby treats Samantha nearly as badly as Fiona does. Samantha's life is irrevocably changed, however, by two events: a makeover of epic proportions and a sudden electronic correspondence with a mysterious young man. Due to a misplaced cell phone and a series of fateful coincidences, Samantha and her Prince Charming develop a romance through text messages and e-mails, and ultimately promise to meet face-to-face at the biggest school dance of the year. Of course, getting there doesn't go smoothly, and Samantha may miss her chance to meet her dream date -- none other than Austin (Chad Michael Murray), the most popular boy in school. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for mild language and innuendo)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Leigh Dunlap
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 2004
Box Office: $51.4M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Hilary Duff
as Sam Montgomery
Dan Byrd
as Carter
Lin Shaye
as Mrs. Wells
Andrea Avery
as Gabriella
Whip Hubley
as Sam's Dad
Kevin Kilner
as Austin's Dad
Kady Cole
as Caitlyn
Hannah Robinson
as Young Sam
Josh Prince
as Swim Coach
James Eckhouse
as Mr. Farrell
John Billingsley
as Mr. Rothman
Lilli Babb
as Young Gabriella
Carlie Westerman
as Young Brianna
Christie Herring
as Bachelorette No. 1
Lindsay Hollister
as Bachelorette No. 2
Taylor Hoover
as Beautiful Bacheloret...
Brittany Weber
as Bachelorette
Darryl Sivad
as District Attorney
Rita Maye Bland
as Rollerskating Waitre...
Keli Murphy
as Rollerskating Waitre...
Alexis Raich
as Girl at Car Wash
Sabin Rich
as Locker Guy
Sandra McCoy
as Cheerleader/Dancer N...
Julianne Waters
as Cheerleader/Dancer N...
Karen Elmore
as Cheerleader/Dancer N...
Stella Choe
as Cheerleader/Dancer N...
Jessie Rice-Holiday
as Cheerleader/Dancer N...
Cricket Hamar
as Cheerleader/Dancer N...
Shannon Novak
as Cheerleader/Dancer N...
Oscar Orosco
as Fighting Frog Mascot
Emmanuel Lewis
as Webster Long
Jason Beitel
as Halloween Dancer
Alex Karras
as George Papadapolis
Kato Bonner
as Halloween Dancer
Susan Clark
as Katherine Calder-You...
Carol Borjas
as Halloween Dancer
Reshma Gajjar
as Halloween Dancer
Molly Gosline
as Halloween Dancer
Hunter Hamilton
as Halloween Dancer
Richard Jackson
as Halloween Dancer
Trey Knight
as Halloween Dancer
Jonathan Ritter
as Halloween Dancer
Jenny Seeger
as Halloween Dancer
Becca Sweitzer
as Halloween Dancer
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Critic Reviews for A Cinderella Story

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (36)

Funny and sweet update of the Cinderella story.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

The movie will wash over adolescent female audiences who don't know any better like melted Brie on 110-degree asphalt, but for the rest of us it's a grueling waste of time.

Full Review… | July 11, 2010

Duff has yet another brainless movie to add to her repertoire.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Charles Perrault must be spinning in his grave.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film

I took a friend's 10-year-old daughter to see the film, and she found it 'too childish.' And who am I to argue with a member of this film's target audience?

September 11, 2006
Christianity Today

'A Cinderella Story' makes so many good chocies, you wish you could like it more than you do.

Full Review… | November 4, 2004
Las Vegas Mercury

Audience Reviews for A Cinderella Story


I had this marked as a 3 1/2 star movie. Downgraded to 2 1/2 after a re watch 2015.
It's a young teens movie, but I have enjoyed a lot of those over the years.
Hillary Duff always seemed sweet and she made some good movies over this decade.
I have to say, I have lost a bit of respect for Hillary personally since she started trying to out wild everyone else out there and trying too hard to shock. Maybe that's coloured how I see this, and I'm less likely now to excuse a less than perfect storyline. Or I am just too old for it, one or the other.
All pretty predictable. Jennifer Coolidge her too, but seen all that before too.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Kinda cute or whatever. I never liked Hilary Duff in her prime (mostly due to some inexplicable aversion to her face), but she actually seemed to be a pretty grounded teen actress. Nice to see "Cougar Town"'s moon-faced Dan Byrd as the sacrificial guy best friend.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


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Super Reviewer

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