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Fairy Tale - A True Story (1997)

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50

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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68

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Movie Info

Two young girls who believe that fairies are real attempt to prove it to the world in this drama based on actual events. In 1917, there is little to be happy about in the Wright household in West Yorkshire, England. Polly (Phoebe Nicholls) and her 12-year-old daughter Elsie (Florence Hoath) are still grieving over the death of Elsie's younger brother, and Polly's niece Frances (Elizabeth Earl) has come to stay with them after her father was declared missing in action during World War I. Polly

Mar 31, 1998

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (10) | DVD (2)

It's good, but it ought to be better and it isn't.

June 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A film with no discernable point of view that's directed at no definable audience.

July 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Charming special effects and appealing heroines, and truly an ambitious meditation on the nature of fantasy and reality and growing up.

May 22, 2003 Full Review
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

An enticing drama about the eternal clash between reason and the magical realm of enchantment.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It's Arthur Rackham vs the Adult/Capitalist/Industrial Revolution - the obsession with exploiting the extraordinary and making it ordinary.

June 15, 2001 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Fairy Tale - A True Story

If you have faith, anything is possible. I saw this Movie long time ago. It is Amazing even Adults believe in Fairies, but we even believe in Angels why not Fairies. Very inspiring Movie. Even though they revelead that the Pictures the girls shot were fake, I still think Children see more than us Adults. It makes you believe in Magic so hardly.
December 16, 2009
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Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Another film off the list from the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, from the Galas. Again a Movie that I missed when it came out and the only reason I saw it was because of this list. This movie is not only for children or adults with children, anyone with a open mind should see this, or anyone one who enjoys a movie that is just not another movie. Set right after WWI, 2 young girls find and take a picture of a fairy, And the girls meet Harry Houdini, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ( The Lost World) who takes an interest in them. All and all a good clean Family movie, saw nothing that would make me not let children see it. 5 stars alone for that reason. 5 stars for the acting and overall story.
April 18, 2009
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Bruce Bruce

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This family-oriented fantasy is fine and little emotional tale of two young girls on a credulous British public shortly after World War I. Check out who's the cameo appearance in the final scene of this film.
April 4, 2007
deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Good movie..
December 30, 2008
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Lea Lea

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