A thoroughly charming performer with a bracing freshness about her that carries the film, [Hathaway] establishes credible chemistry with Brit thesp Dancy.
An overcalculated fusion of Shrek and The Princess Bride with all the smarts replaced by smartass.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It had some creative touches, but I thought the special effects were kind of cheesy.
In its innocence, sweet heart and abundant wit, it has more going for it, by my accounting, than a dozen more expensive-looking films.
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.
Mostly ... the film bubbles along happily.
O'Haver ... has a great time juggling silly jokes, contemporary tunes and anachronisms like hand-cranked escalators at the medieval mall.
| Original Score: 3/4
| Original Score: C+
Artful enough to intrigue adults and far more original than other versions of Cinderella portrayed onscreen with alarming regularity.
The vehicle that carries [Hathaway] is a bit of a mouldy pumpkin.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's a high-spirited charmer, a fantasy that sparkles with delights.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Hathaway's sweetly earnest performance makes this ambitious and occasionally downright weird tale work.
It's barely got a laugh in it.
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.
Hathaway plays Ella straight, but appealingly, and is the actor least suspected of being put through Photo Shop.
| Original Score: 3/5
An ugly-looking mismash of a fairytale.
| Original Score: 2/4
A nightmarish cross between prime-time WB and a renaissance festival.
| Original Score: 1/4
In its attempt to fuse a fairy-tale fantasy with a modern sensibility, the movie winds up a corny, derivative mishmash.
| Original Score: 2/4
The movie is an embarrassment -- another example of Hollywood excess overwhelming and sinking an otherwise unassuming story.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Barely an original moment.
Hathaway ... does a classy job of toppling the helpless 'save me!' Cinderella stereotype.
| Original Score: B+
Occasionally fun but too reliant on gimmicks and purloined plotlines to rank alongside the better kids' movies.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Its knockabout humor grows on you, as does Anne Hathaway.
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.
It's glossy, shiny candy that tastes oddly familiar yet lacks sugary punch.
After the first half hour or so, it sinks deeper and deeper into a mediocre self-aware pseudo-hipness.
| Original Score: C
The hoot and giggle of a girl-power fairy tale blended from potions of Monty Python, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and Shrek.
Transpires in a somewhat chintzy fantasy kingdom lousy with more cameos than your typical Love Boat season.
Nothing un-beguiles a fairy tale more than forced whimsy and labored magic.