Ella Enchanted Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Endearing, enduring, with just a few bits of crude humor
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 4, 2009
Anne Hathaway is the cheery spark in this glitzy girl's fantasy story from screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith ("Legally Blonde").
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 22, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
September 16, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Harry Haun
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
The idea of mixing the modern with the medieval is a dubious Mulligan's stew -- and annoys quickly.
July 20, 2004
'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.'
| Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
June 17, 2004
Mesmo pecando por ser convencional demais, este é um filme charmoso e bem-intencionado - e certamente fará grande sucesso entre as crianças.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
David Rooney
Variety
April 27, 2004
A thoroughly charming performer with a bracing freshness about her that carries the film, [Hathaway] establishes credible chemistry with Brit thesp Dancy.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 27, 2004
A sweet little anachronistic musical fairy tale along the lines of 'Shrek.'
Full Review | Original Score: B
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 23, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
April 22, 2004
It looks tiring for a movie to flaunt its sense of irony as eagerly as Ella Enchanted while remaining so naive.
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
April 22, 2004
Looks an awful lot like "Shrek," down to the funky closing dance sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 20, 2004
An overcalculated fusion of Shrek and The Princess Bride with all the smarts replaced by smartass.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 19, 2004
It's sweet, it's quirky, and the whole family can fall under its spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
April 18, 2004
Wonderfully sweet and thoroughly enjoyable, it's like a live-action Shrek.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 18, 2004
There's enough attitude here to keep the audience laughing, even when the film tips into stupid spoofery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
April 17, 2004
if they ruined...as badly as they ruined "Ella Enchanted" then we're going to have to start a revolution or something.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 16, 2004
An artificially flavored movie potion...audiences may be less than enchanted with the gobbledygook results.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 16, 2004
I wouldn't even mind watching it more than once, which is the true test.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 14, 2004
There's lots of activity and energy, but no joy nor sense of spontaneity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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