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A Cinderella Story (2004)



Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 92

An uninspired, generic updating of the classic fairy tale.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 30

An uninspired, generic updating of the classic fairy tale.



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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


Drama, Kids & Family, Romance, Comedy

Leigh Dunlap

Oct 19, 2004


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All Critics (110) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (92) | DVD (16)

A Cinderella Story doesn't break any new ground, but it's a well-acted little breeze of a film -- perfect if you're a 12-year-old girl.

July 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (2)
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Let me get quickly to the word that best describes this movie. It is horrible.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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You can say of this movie, truly, that they took the most famous tale in the world and broke it.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Desperately conceived by even the most insipid standards of contemporary teen-queen cinema.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Give this wannabe Cinderella a big Bibbitti Bobbitti Boo.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Duff is cute and chirpy; Murray is cute and bland, and the stepsisters squabble a lot. Ho-hum.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Funny and sweet update of the Cinderella story.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

July 11, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Charles Perrault must be spinning in his grave.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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.

November 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

Rather than anything original or humorous or, heaven forbid, romantic developing from this fable, we get only tired clichés and worn-out stereotypes.

October 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A benign, whimsical semblance of its namesake fairy tale.

September 16, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

A couple of cruel stepsisters are thrown in to push the Cinderella angle, but their asinine antics merely highlight first-time screenwriter Leigh Dunlap's stunning lack of talent and imagination.

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

This is simple, lazy storytelling rendered merely functional by appealing leads and the eternal lure of romantic fantasy.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Every high school cliché in the book is dredged up for this piece of fluff

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

It's all way too bland.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

I look at "Cinderella Story" as I would look at early Elvis films - this is a teen movie made for the sheer enjoyment of her fans.

August 7, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

The result is pure pumpkin, though fans of squeaky-clean, helium-voiced Hilary Duff might fall under its sickly sweet spell.

August 3, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

This year's one-zillionth mean-girl movie, and that's not the only thing here that's played out.

July 23, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The only thing missing is the pumpkin that turns into a coach. That's OK, because Duff turns into a turkey way before midnight.

July 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Besides adolescent girls who either want to be Hilary Duff or want to slobber over Chad Michael Murray, the story offers nothing new to an already beaten-to-death teen genre.

July 21, 2004 Full Review Source:

A Cinderella Story definitely is for the younger film crowd. It's unabashedly simplistic and formulaic, made to highlight the charms of (Hilary) Duff.

July 21, 2004 Full Review
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

[It] treads the confused ground of instilling anti-image and antiauthoritarian values while its heroine's bliss is wrapped in an idea that status and wealth equal happiness.

July 20, 2004 Full Review

At worst, it's an insult even to the intelligence of 12-year olds.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for A Cinderella Story

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.
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March 19, 2012

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A CINDERELLA STORY is a terrible, non-inventive take on the classic tale in Disney style.
August 19, 2011

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    1. Samantha Martin: I'm late.
    2. Austin: For what?
    3. Samantha Martin: Reality
    – Submitted by Criselle M (15 months ago)
    1. Austin: Sorry I waited for the rain.
    – Submitted by Paige D (21 months ago)
    1. Samantha Martin: Because waiting for you is like waiting for rain in this drought. Useless and disappointing.
    – Submitted by Paige D (21 months ago)
    1. Austin: You need a wax.
    2. Samantha Martin: Excuse me?
    3. Austin: [laughs] I meant the car.
    – Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
    1. Samantha Martin: Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.
    – Submitted by Rachna M (2 years ago)
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