Charmng [thanks to] its game cast who are having an obviously marvelous time sashaying about and saying gaily artificial dialogue.
| Original Score: 7/10
Charming take on Cinderella tale has strong heroine.
| Original Score: 4/5
An affable film that helped affirm Drew Barrymore's place in the Hollywood firmament as something cosier than a one-trick wild child.
Drew Barrymore plays the complicated belle of the climactic ball and develops a convincing intellectually based friendship with the prince.
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."
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
A delightful movie, full of feisty, three-dimensional characters romping through comedy, romance and otherwise gloriously colorful moments.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Drew Barrymore is delightful as Danielle, straightforward yet provocative, beautiful even when her face is smeared with the ashes from the fireplace.
| Original Score: B+
You won't see a fairy godmother flitting from scene to scene. Nor will a pumpkin magically transform into a chariot.
The real magic is found in Andrew Dunn's stunningly lovely photography, which makes every scene look like a vintage storybook illustration.
One of the year's best films.
| Original Score: A
The bottom line is: it's cute. And it's relatively inoffensive.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A high-spirited Renaissance romance starring the thoroughly modern Drew Barrymore.
Barrymore aces her 16th-century elocution, but her vampy magnetism -- always her dominant charm -- is snuffed in this goody-goody role.
An enchanting rendition of the classic Cinderella tale set in sixteenth century France.
Cinderella is a classic story for a reason, but this modern interpretation somehow feels more true.
| Original Score: 4.5
A surprisingly passionate reworking of the classic Grimm Brothers' tale.
Though director Andy Tennant was enthusiastic about putting this kind of spin on Cinderella, his touch turns out to be counterproductive.