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Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 6

Ever After is a sweet, frothy twist on the ancient fable, led by a solid turn from star Barrymore.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 4

Ever After is a sweet, frothy twist on the ancient fable, led by a solid turn from star Barrymore.



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Andy Tennant directed this Cinderella variant. The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame (Jeanne Moreau) who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the cinder girl before telling the "true" story of her ancestor. In flashback, the story then focuses on eight-year-old Danielle, daughter of a wealthy widower, a 16th-century landowner. After returning to France with his new wife Rodmilla (Anjelica Huston) and her two daughters, he dies of a heart attack. Ten years

Mar 2, 1999

20th Century Fox

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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (6) | DVD (12)

Drew Barrymore plays the complicated belle of the climactic ball and develops a convincing intellectually based friendship with the prince.

August 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The script by Susannah Grant, Rick Parks and director Andy Tennant successfully maintains the story's period trappings while introducing a heroine with modern resonance.

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Given that this is adolescent romance, never straying far from traditional stereotypes, its 'progressive' feel-good aura is mainly down to Barrymore, whose limitations are only exposed in big love scenes.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Though director Andy Tennant was enthusiastic about putting this kind of spin on Cinderella, his touch turns out to be counterproductive.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Ever After is a droll, uneven treatment of a familiar story that could become as popular with children as the 1950 Disney cartoon version.

January 1, 2000
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The old tale still has life and passion in it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Charmng [thanks to] its game cast who are having an obviously marvelous time sashaying about and saying gaily artificial dialogue.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Charming take on Cinderella tale has strong heroine.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An affable film that helped affirm Drew Barrymore's place in the Hollywood firmament as something cosier than a one-trick wild child.

August 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

Once upon a time there was a feisty young woman who didn't sit around twiddling her pretty thumbs and singing "Someday My Prince Will Come."

August 16, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A delightful movie, full of feisty, three-dimensional characters romping through comedy, romance and otherwise gloriously colorful moments.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Drew Barrymore is delightful as Danielle, straightforward yet provocative, beautiful even when her face is smeared with the ashes from the fireplace.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

You won't see a fairy godmother flitting from scene to scene. Nor will a pumpkin magically transform into a chariot.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

The real magic is found in Andrew Dunn's stunningly lovely photography, which makes every scene look like a vintage storybook illustration.

July 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

One of the year's best films.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

The bottom line is: it's cute. And it's relatively inoffensive.

February 16, 2003 Full Review Source:

There are a few nice moments when Barrymore's acting talent shines through, and the same can be said for Huston and Scott. But as a romantic comedy, this film is only slightly above average.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

A high-spirited Renaissance romance starring the thoroughly modern Drew Barrymore.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Barrymore aces her 16th-century elocution, but her vampy magnetism -- always her dominant charm -- is snuffed in this goody-goody role.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

An enchanting rendition of the classic Cinderella tale set in sixteenth century France.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Cinderella is a classic story for a reason, but this modern interpretation somehow feels more true.

June 15, 2001 Full Review

A surprisingly passionate reworking of the classic Grimm Brothers' tale.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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Audience Reviews for Ever After: A Cinderella Story

I loved this movie when I was younger. It's a great Cinderella story, full of wonder, magic, and romance. The costumes and settings are beautiful. The story is good, and so is the acting. I recommend it.
November 21, 2011

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Often lacks the plausibility and seriousness that the premise suggests but the chemistry between Barrymore and Scott just shines with an incredibly well written script. Ultimately it wins us over with it's unrelenting charm and wit.

Where Disney's version relied on actual magic and animated impossibilities, the magic in this film comes from it's fun, emotion and uplifting qualities.

In the end it's a harmless romance that works through n' through despite the fact that many feel it's merely a re-telling. A well made chick-flick.
May 31, 2011
Drake Tsui

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A classical re-envisioning of the much loved fairytale seemed like a good idea, an exciting challenge for many a young aspiring director one would have thought. Unfortunately that director was Andy Tennant. Contrary to popular belief, the story of Cinderella wasn't written by Walt Disney (to be fair, Tennant makes that much clear here but the fact still seems lost after reading the reviews here on flixster) and this is not a 'remake' of the Disney version. This is a retelling of the story or an altered version for a brain-dead audience. The story is without author, it is a folk tale, a mix of older stories with Greek and Chinese origin, first published in the 1630s. It has many versions depending on who tells it and when it was told, so it is open to change/adaptation/re-working. That is not the point I'm angry about, it's the way it has been gone about. The possibilities were endless but the best Tennant seems to have come up with is a bizarre Hodge-podge of ideas from other fairytales and various different times in history. The set designer was obviously straight from doing Panto at Blackpool, mixing various pieces of old and new and many things that weren't even invented in the early 1500s. In fact, very little here resembles what is known about the 1500s, it's much more like the mid-1600s and here lies my point. Leonardo di fuckin' Vinci was not born in the 1600s, he was also only 52 when he painted the Mona Lisa and not about 92 as he is portrayed in this film (he only lived to be 67 anyway). What the hell is Leonardo di fuckin' Vinci doing in this film anyway? Is that the big plot deviation that is supposed to be clever and original about this version? Complete and utter bile, by all means let your kids watch it, fill their heads with nonsense, confuse them with historical inaccuracies and turn them into zombies so they can be just like you. Then more films like this will be made and independent cinema can die a horrible death while Hollywood gets richer while you get dumber. In conclusion, I do not like this film.
February 7, 2011

Super Reviewer

not a good plot
September 16, 2010
erika bruhns

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    1. Danielle: It is not fair, sire. You have found my weakness but I have yet to learn yours.
    2. Prince Henry: But I should think it was quite obvious.
    – Submitted by Theressa A (8 months ago)
    1. Prince Henry: Is everything just chance or something's meant to be?
    – Submitted by Theressa A (8 months ago)
    1. Danielle: A servant is not a thief, your highness, and those who are cannot help themselves.
    – Submitted by Theressa A (8 months ago)
    1. Prince Henry: I'm afraid I might have scared the wits out of your servant. Say a young lady with a.... quite a goof arm, actually.
    2. Rodmilla: She's mute my lord.
    3. Prince Henry: Really? She spoke quite forcefully.
    – Submitted by Theressa A (8 months ago)
    1. Prince Henry: Sir, you are the founder of forward thinking and my father is the king of backward. Perhaps you could talk him into the 16th century.
    2. Leonardo da Vinci: Captain Laurent, do translate.
    3. Page: Prince Henry suffers from an arranged marriage, signore... among other things.
    – Submitted by Theressa A (8 months ago)
    1. Prince Henry: I'd thought I'd see the world before I gave up my life to God and country.
    – Submitted by Theressa A (8 months ago)
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