Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Reviews

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Houston Chronicle
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Cole Haddon
Film.com
May 6, 2011
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2011
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 2, 2008
The tweener girls for whom it is aimed deserve better. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 2, 2008
This classy, heart-on-its-sleeve movie is packed with laudable life lessons and Depression-era trivia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 2, 2008
This is a sweet, G-rated story of 1930s girl power, with nary a princess in sight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
July 2, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 2, 2008
For what it is and for whom it's intended (young children), Kit Kittredge works and works wonderfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy DeSmith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 2, 2008
Smart, empathetic, fun loving and, best of all, a delight for all audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 2, 2008
A thoroughly satisfying and engaging children's picture that never forgets those kids probably didn't get to the theater by themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 2, 2008
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is rife with feisty, generous pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 2, 2008
There's nothing remotely cool about Kit Kittredge. That's why it's cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 2, 2008
This tale of a little girl's determination and grit during the Depression is an honest-to-goodness family movie, one that parents and children can enjoy equally and together.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
July 1, 2008
The edifying lesson -- that helping others brings out the best in us -- should sit well with everyone.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 23, 2008
I think this film is very well-directed, and you have some very funny performances.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 20, 2008
It's not only fresh and unassuming, but a film that serves, very nicely, the severely underserved audience of young girls.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 20, 2008
Though predictable and unabashedly sentimental, the film is a warmly appealing tale of a bright girl bravely navigating tough times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 20, 2008
Kit Kittredge is a gentle-spirited movie that also acknowledges the fact that we can't -- and shouldn't -- protect kids from everything.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 20, 2008
One of the 10 best American movies released so far this year, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is the surprisingly satisfying first theatrical film inspired by a long-running series of historically themed dolls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 20, 2008
While the script feels a little stiff and moralistic at times, it's hard to fault a film with such an intelligent, good-hearted heroine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2008
It appeals to kids while evoking genuine emotion without excessive sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 20, 2008
The first feature film based on the highly popular American Girl book series -- there have already been three made-for-television American Girl movies -- plays out like a sweet-souled Nancy Drew mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 20, 2008
Considering that it is inspired by one of the dolls in the American Girl product line, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is some kind of a miracle: an actually good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
June 20, 2008
Refreshingly sincere and full of wholesome can-do spirit.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 19, 2008
It's all message, no tension.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2008
I predict with great confidence that the big-screen debut of the American Girl brand will be a resounding success. This rosy prediction is based partly on the fact that Kit Kittredge is a solidly made movie...and partly on the fact that the America
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 19, 2008
[I continue] to cling stubbornly to the dowdy notion that kids deserve better than a sugarcoated portrait of our past or, for that matter, our present.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 19, 2008
The packaging looks good for the most part. But there's still some assembly required.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 19, 2008
The overall glow remains golden, of course. But with a dash of realism and more than a little intelligence, Kit Kittredge becomes a kiddie film that's worth an adult ticket, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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June 18, 2008
Plucky, likable and determined to succeed, much like its heroine, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is a throwback to the kinds of movies they don't make anymore.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 18, 2008
The movie and its pint-size star clear all hurdles subtly and valiantly with a surplus of charm, saving Kit Kittredge: American Girl from blandness and turning it into one of the summer's most pleasing surprises.