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Ella Enchanted Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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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.
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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
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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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 9, 2004
In its innocence, sweet heart and abundant wit, it has more going for it, by my accounting, than a dozen more expensive-looking films.
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
April 9, 2004
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.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 9, 2004
Mostly ... the film bubbles along happily.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 9, 2004
O'Haver ... has a great time juggling silly jokes, contemporary tunes and anachronisms like hand-cranked escalators at the medieval mall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 9, 2004
| Original Score: C+
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 9, 2004
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 9, 2004
Artful enough to intrigue adults and far more original than other versions of Cinderella portrayed onscreen with alarming regularity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 9, 2004
The vehicle that carries [Hathaway] is a bit of a mouldy pumpkin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 9, 2004
It's a high-spirited charmer, a fantasy that sparkles with delights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
April 9, 2004
Ella would be a lot more enchanting if it weren't such a pandering piece of product.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 9, 2004
Hathaway's sweetly earnest performance makes this ambitious and occasionally downright weird tale work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 9, 2004
It's barely got a laugh in it.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 9, 2004
Though slightly uneven, this film version of Ella Enchanted never wavers from the magic of author Gail Carson Levine's words for girls: The demands of obedience should not be used to chain their souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
April 9, 2004
Hathaway plays Ella straight, but appealingly, and is the actor least suspected of being put through Photo Shop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 8, 2004
A nightmarish cross between prime-time WB and a renaissance festival.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
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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
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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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Dave Kehr
New York Times
April 8, 2004
One of the smartest films for older children in quite some time, Ella Enchanted is a funny (and at times, politically pointed) take-off on the ancient conventions of fairy tales.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2004
Likely to cast its spell primarily on adolescent girls, while their elders might well find it more than a little tedious in its familiarity and artificiality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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L.A. Weekly
April 8, 2004
Barely an original moment.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
April 8, 2004
Hathaway ... does a classy job of toppling the helpless 'save me!' Cinderella stereotype.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 8, 2004
Its knockabout humor grows on you, as does Anne Hathaway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 8, 2004
Hathaway embodies the movie's sweet atmosphere, exuding a bubbly charm that will endear her to young viewers, and a girl-next-door wholesomeness that will reassure parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
April 8, 2004
It's glossy, shiny candy that tastes oddly familiar yet lacks sugary punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 7, 2004
The hoot and giggle of a girl-power fairy tale blended from potions of Monty Python, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and Shrek.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ed Park
Village Voice
April 6, 2004
Transpires in a somewhat chintzy fantasy kingdom lousy with more cameos than your typical Love Boat season.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 5, 2004
Nothing un-beguiles a fairy tale more than forced whimsy and labored magic.