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Ella Enchanted (2004)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 114
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 57

Hathaway is a charming heroine, but the simple storyline gets overwhelmed by silly gimmickry.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 18

Hathaway is a charming heroine, but the simple storyline gets overwhelmed by silly gimmickry.



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Adapted from author Gail Carson Levine's award-winning children's book of the same name, the Miramax-financed modern fantasy Ella Enchanted is directed by Tommy O'Haver and stars The Princess Diaries alumna Anne Hathaway. Ella (Hathaway) lives in a magical world in which each child, at the moment of their birth, is given a virtuous "gift" from a fairy godmother. Ella's so-called gift, however, is obedience. This birthright proves itself to be quite the curse once Ella finds herself in the hands

Aug 24, 2004


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All Critics (123) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (57) | DVD (19)

A thoroughly charming performer with a bracing freshness about her that carries the film, [Hathaway] establishes credible chemistry with Brit thesp Dancy.

April 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Variety
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An overcalculated fusion of Shrek and The Princess Bride with all the smarts replaced by smartass.

April 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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It had some creative touches, but I thought the special effects were kind of cheesy.

April 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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In its innocence, sweet heart and abundant wit, it has more going for it, by my accounting, than a dozen more expensive-looking films.

April 9, 2004
Washington Post
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This all makes for good and entertaining fun, from the musical numbers of 1980s pop tunes to the flamboyant fight scenes. For a while. But you've seen this all before.

April 9, 2004
Washington Post
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Mostly ... the film bubbles along happily.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Endearing, enduring, with just a few bits of crude humor

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Anne Hathaway is the cheery spark in this glitzy girl's fantasy story from screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith ("Legally Blonde").

May 4, 2009 Full Review Source:

The Narrator begins and ends the story talking about how fairy tales transport us to another place, but the sad fact is that Ella lets us stay right where we are.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

Avoids a misstep common among girl-empowerment flicks, which often emasculate the male lead to make the heroine truly heroic… manages to make both leads appealing.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

The idea of mixing the modern with the medieval is a dubious Mulligan's stew -- and annoys quickly.

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

'El público seguramente quedará encantado por la inocencia, el humor y la magia de una película a la que seguramente el tiempo dará el lugar que merece.'

July 20, 2004

Mesmo pecando por ser convencional demais, este é um filme charmoso e bem-intencionado - e certamente fará grande sucesso entre as crianças.

June 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

A sweet little anachronistic musical fairy tale along the lines of 'Shrek.'

April 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Someone should tell O'Haver and the gaggle of writers it took to write this unenchanted mess that updated doesn't have to mean washed-up and dumbed-down.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

It looks tiring for a movie to flaunt its sense of irony as eagerly as Ella Enchanted while remaining so naive.

April 22, 2004 Full Review

Looks an awful lot like "Shrek," down to the funky closing dance sequence.

April 22, 2004 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

It's sweet, it's quirky, and the whole family can fall under its spell.

April 19, 2004 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Wonderfully sweet and thoroughly enjoyable, it's like a live-action Shrek.

April 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

There's enough attitude here to keep the audience laughing, even when the film tips into stupid spoofery.

April 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

if they badly as they ruined "Ella Enchanted" then we're going to have to start a revolution or something.

April 17, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

An artificially flavored movie potion...audiences may be less than enchanted with the gobbledygook results.

April 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

I wouldn't even mind watching it more than once, which is the true test.

April 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

There's lots of activity and energy, but no joy nor sense of spontaneity.

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

Audience Reviews for Ella Enchanted

A funny, unconventional fairy tale that goes Passably Bollywood. Anne Hathaway does some really nice crying and singing.
September 6, 2012

Super Reviewer

Great for little girls and whilst the art direction was brilliant, not much else was.
October 23, 2011

Super Reviewer

one of the best family film that has a lot of love , action and funny parts.
August 20, 2010
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    1. Heston: Stinking Grimm Brothers!
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    1. Ella of Frell: I wonder if my opponent is basing her opinion on the Prince's politics, or how cute she thinks his butt is.
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    1. Hattie: Just admit you're stupid and don't know what you're talking about.
    2. Ella of Frell: I'm stupid and I don't know what I'm talking about.
    – Submitted by Junica R (2 years ago)
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