Ella Enchanted Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 8, 2004
Considering its pedigree, this Ella could have been a whole lot more enchanting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 9, 2004
It's barely got a laugh in it.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 8, 2004
The movie is an embarrassment -- another example of Hollywood excess overwhelming and sinking an otherwise unassuming story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
April 9, 2004
Anne Hathaway's performance as a cursed maiden in this time-jumbled fantasy is enchanting... but the movie is not.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 5, 2004
Nothing un-beguiles a fairy tale more than forced whimsy and labored magic.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 12, 2004
It had some creative touches, but I thought the special effects were kind of cheesy.
Chris Barsanti
Slant Magazine
March 28, 2004
From the very beginning, the film's primary dysfunction is that it can't decide exactly how smarmy or adorably postmodern it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 8, 2004
To watch the witless, ham-fisted attempt at fairy-tale romance that is Ella Enchanted, you'd never know the book it's based on is actually rather clever and charming.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 6, 2004
Cheesy and witless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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+
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
April 6, 2004
Anne Hathaway is charming and magnetic, but her journey across fairyland is laughable, a series of co-incidences and instantaneous edits.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 8, 2004
In its attempt to fuse a fairy-tale fantasy with a modern sensibility, the movie winds up a corny, derivative mishmash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 9, 2004
What could have been wonderful has been processed into cute but throwaway fluff. It lingers like a half-cast spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 9, 2004
Every single attempt at levity or whimsy not only fails but actually melts down with a rancid nuclear tinge.
Kevin Carr
Film Threat
April 13, 2004
The mentality of the movie seemed to aim a little low, missing its core Princess Diaries audience and becoming pure Disney Channel fodder to follow Boy Meets World reruns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 8, 2004
After the first half hour or so, it sinks deeper and deeper into a mediocre self-aware pseudo-hipness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 8, 2004
Occasionally fun but too reliant on gimmicks and purloined plotlines to rank alongside the better kids' movies.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 8, 2004
Though its moral is 'to thine own self be true,' the filmmakers failed to listen to its spin-doctored Cinderella and instead recycle elements of Shrek, The Lion King, and Lizzie McGuire.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 8, 2004
An ugly-looking mismash of a fairytale.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 9, 2004
| Original Score: C+
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
April 17, 2004
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 9, 2004

ComingSoon.net
April 17, 2004

Boston Phoenix
April 17, 2004

BBC.com
December 14, 2004
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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