Hannah Montana: The Movie Reviews

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Sophie Harris
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 3, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
May 1, 2009
While Cyrus's droll performance (Miley's not Billy Ray's) deserves better material, this is still amply entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 13, 2009
Cyrus, as always, is a professional charmer (it's hard to resist when she leads a hip-hop hoedown), and the crusty folkiness of Billy Ray Cyrus as her real-life dad is as welcome as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
April 13, 2009
The bottom line is that I don't think you are going to care.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
April 13, 2009
Aside from a few cameos and a big benefit concert to save her hometown from evil land developers, there's nothing really that makes the movie stand out from the TV show.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 10, 2009
Thin as a flip-flop and as complicated as a scrunchy, the plot is barely enough for half a movie. At the 45-minute point, things are pretty much wrapped up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Catherine Dawson March
Globe and Mail
April 10, 2009
The rest of the time it's up to Cyrus to keep things light, and her undeniable charisma radiates from the big screen as strongly as it does on the small one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 10, 2009
Assorted conflicts and adventures ensue, and the movie overall is painless if not exactly electrifying.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 10, 2009
Mawkish but energized.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 10, 2009
If you're no longer old enough to carry a Hannah Montana lunch box, this movie will feel like punishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 10, 2009
Who cares if it gives anyone over the age of 12 a headache? The state of Hannah Montana is little-girl paradise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 9, 2009
The movie looks and sounds like a real film, not an extended version of the TV show. The acting and the cinematography is bumped up a notch.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 9, 2009
Cyrus has maintained an honorably wholesome image, and this feature-length spinoff of the sitcom does nothing to hurt it. But it also does nothing to help Cyrus or the audience evolve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
April 9, 2009
This probably won't sway the unconverted into becoming fans, but it should please the more than 180 million viewers of the hit Disney Channel series.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mary McNamara
Los Angeles Times
April 9, 2009
In the end, Hannah Montana: The Movie is big, beautiful, a little boring and utterly safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 9, 2009
Hannah Montana: The Movie is an excuse for some generically catchy songs and a showcase for Miley Cyrus' charmingly chipmunk-cheeked smile; and on that level, it works well enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 9, 2009
There's nothing subtle or unexpected about Hannah Montana: The Movie. But its intended audience of prepubescent girls probably won't mind. Still, it's hard not to wish the same wholesome message could be conveyed with a bit more finesse and originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 9, 2009
Undoubtedly, Hannah Montana: The Movie will appeal to Cyrus' core audience, but the chances of this sanitized, prepackaged effort expanding her fan base is about nil.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 9, 2009
For its target audience, oblivious to the film's narrative crossed wires, it's definitely three-star entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 9, 2009
Has there ever been a more critic-proof film than Hannah Montana? Montana is targeted with laser precision at an audience barely old enough to read, let alone pay attention to what laptop-toting wretches have to say about its aesthetic shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jon Bream
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 9, 2009
Ultimately, the fan-pleasing HMTM and its bestselling soundtrack album are about building new bridges.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 9, 2009
The movie's only mission is to further a brand, and it exists specifically to prop up its song list, which includes the latest dance craze, 'Hoedown Throwdown,' in which Miley exhorts us to pop it, lock it and, to the best of our abilities, 'polka-dot it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 9, 2009
Hannah Montana: The Movie has performance numbers -- the first one fancifully blurs the line between a live Hannah concert and a music video - flat melodrama, and such guest stars as Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift, as themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 9, 2009
Like 2003's Lizzie McGuire movie, Hannah breaks little new ground but makes the big screen shift with liveliness and sense of humor impressively intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 9, 2009
Director Peter Chesholm does a fine job moving Hannah out of its $14.95 Disney Channel set and onto a bigger canvas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
April 9, 2009
A brightly colored yet cheap-looking affair.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 8, 2009
As teen fantasy Hannah has worked well enough to meet fan approval. And I liked her concert film from last year. But The Movie, inoffensive though it is, suggests they're over it. Maybe we should be, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 8, 2009
Resistance is futile.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 8, 2009
You don't eat a Twinkie to lose weight, and you don't see this film to challenge yourself emotionally or intellectually.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 7, 2009
Miley's return to her Tennessee roots goes a little heavy on the country corn.
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April 7, 2009
A goofily endearing romp that might even lasso a few new fans.