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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)



Critic Consensus: 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 theatrical endeavor for the characters created by author Valerie Tripp. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ann Peacock, Valerie Tripp
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 28, 2008
Box Office: $17.5M
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Abigail Breslin
as Margaret Mildred "Ki...
Chris O'Donnell
as Jack Kittredge
Julia Ormond
as Margaret Kittredge
Stanley Tucci
as Mr. Berk
Glenne Headly
as Mrs. Howard
Jane Krakowski
as Miss Dooley
Wallace Shawn
as Mr. Gibson
Joan Cusack
as Miss Bond
Madison Davenport
as Ruthie Smithins
Zach Mills
as Stirling Howard
Willow Smith
as Countee
Colin Mochrie
as Mr. Pennington
Brieanne Jansen
as Frances Stone
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Critic Reviews for Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (34)

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.

Full Review… | July 4, 2008
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 2, 2008

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

Full Review… | July 22, 2008

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.

Full Review… | July 19, 2008
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

More depth than you would expect

Full Review… | July 15, 2008

Audience Reviews for Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

It's not a movie just for little girls, it is a great history lesson for a lot of people, but it could have been great without the American Girl logo, which made it really embarassing for some guys to go see, but its just an okay movie.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


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.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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