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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 77 | Rotten: 22

Refreshingly sweet and sincere, Kit's doll-and-book-inspired do-good mystery may be geared towards the tween girl but will please audiences of all ages.

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 6

Refreshingly sweet and sincere, Kit's doll-and-book-inspired do-good mystery may be geared towards the tween girl but will please audiences of all ages.

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Producer Julia Roberts brings the American Girl brand to the big screen for the very first time with this inspirational tale concerning a nine-year-old girl named Kit Kittredge (Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin) growing up during the Great Depression. Though the American Girls have previously appeared on the small screen in Samantha: An American Girl Holiday, Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, and Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front, Kit's adventure marks the very first major

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Ann Peacock, Valerie Tripp

Oct 28, 2008

$17.5M

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A gently thoughtful, audience-appropriate entertainment that assembles swell actors to play colorful characters who don't shy away from depicting serious hard times.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The tweener girls for whom it is aimed deserve better. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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This classy, heart-on-its-sleeve movie is packed with laudable life lessons and Depression-era trivia.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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This is a sweet, G-rated story of 1930s girl power, with nary a princess in sight.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Kit Kittredge is proof of how far you can get with the right screenwriter -- in this instance one versed in Children's Adventures 101 -- and director.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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For what it is and for whom it's intended (young children), Kit Kittredge works and works wonderfully.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Mostly, Kit Kittredge is exactly what you'd expect -- a treacle-sweet, simplistic story about maintaining a stiff upper lip in the face of adversity, keeping your family together, and not judging a book by its cover.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

Emotionally affecting but dramatically wobbly, "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" touchingly illustrates the sting of poverty without overly resorting to childish shenanigans.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily
Screendaily

What could have been an oasis of quiet, thought provoking nostalgia turns out to be an utter bore. Yes, it's family friendly but it's also entertainment exterminating.

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

More depth than you would expect

July 15, 2008 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

When I have children, this is the kind of movie I hope they will like. It's intelligent, it's meaningful, and it doesn't condescend to kids. In fact, it actually encourages kids to think.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

The movie gets by largely on its guileless, upbeat charm, and on those same qualities as found in Abigail Breslin.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The movie respects its young audience, it has a keen appreciation for what it means to be a child in a troubled world, and it knows that there's plenty to be said for the optimism that comes with innocence.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Kit Kittredge has many of the classic ingredients of a successful family tale, but it's most notable success is in the unusual themes it brings to the forefront.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

...sweet-tempered and endearing, mining several layers of nostalgia...

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

If only all family films could be this good.

July 10, 2008

The acting is very good from this talented cast and the story is well-constructed and compelling.

July 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

As surprising as finding vegetables in a bowl of vegetable soup, Kit Kittredge still comes as a little oasis of thoughtfulness in a summer largely devoted to property damage.

July 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

With a plethora of violent and drug-related movies streaming into theaters faster than a Star Wars battleship, the heartfelt Kit Kittredge offers an enjoyable breath of fresh air.

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: ReviewExpress.com
ReviewExpress.com

A cute dog, feisty kids, and a great big happy ending, everything an American Girl fan would want out of the movie. That's enough to please the parents, too.

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The movie would be more interesting if it weren't photographed in the amber glow we associate with Kodak commercials and other happily-ever-after exercises in nostalgia.

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A very sweet family film, a cross between Annie and Nancy Drew

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

excellent performances, an intelligent script, rooted in the 30s, but timeless in its themes, make it an adventure and a delight, for all ages

July 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

There I sat, alone in the dark, trying to figure out why no one else was in the theater for "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl."

July 4, 2008 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

'Kit Kittredge' presents a wonderful role model for pre-teen girls -- and a humanistic history lesson about the Great Depression for all viewers.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

It's hard to dislike a tween picture that opens with Eleanor Roosevelt, but if explaining mortgage meltdowns to their tots doesn't sent parents screaming, the performances will.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Audience Reviews for Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Kit Kittredge is a kid growing up in the early 1930's when everyone was losing their jobs, and families had to diversify to pay the bills. Kit's family took in boarders which brought a number of interesting characters to the film. This movie is part solve-a-mystery and part Kit-wants-to-be-a-reporter.
July 18, 2010
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Isn't interested in portraying the grim lifestyles of the Depression but rather creates a faux-American Girl doll populated imitation of one. This movie aims more to remind me of the doll confections if anything else. But it's cute and family friendly and all that. Thesps Joan Cusack and Stanley Tucci are over-the-top and FUN. And Abigail Breslin is incredibly adorable and natural.
December 30, 2008
jennifxu

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Once again, we have another film from under the radar that is a nice watch for the entire family. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl has a little bit of everything. Actually, it doesn't have robots, military soldiers, spaceships, monsters ... you get the picture.The story is a little deceiving. At first glance it seems like this movie will be about Kit Kittredge becoming a reporter for the Cincinnati Register. It is about that, but the main focus is on a crime investigation, which makes this story more like a mystery.An interesting fact about the story is that "Hobos" are a big part of it. The movie does show how they are seen in the Great Depression years.The story doesn't actually fly by, but it isn't necessarily a slow burn either. There are a good variety of characters to watch and the younger ones tend to liven up the picture. This flick also gets most of the emotional drama out of the way in the earlier parts before having it return for a happy ending, a happy ending, and another happy ending.Abigal Breslin has already proven that she can carry a film and this one is no exception. All the supporting actors fit in as well. Some of these include Joan Cusack, Chris O'Donnell, Julia Ormond, Jane Krakowski, and Stanley Tucci. Even Colin Mochrie is up to par.This is not just a movie for kids as adults will find this just as enjoyable. Don't be ashamed to spend 100 minutes of your life with this film.
December 1, 2008
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