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Miss Potter (2007)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 126
Fresh: 83 | Rotten: 43

A charming biopic with that maintains its sweetness even in sadder moments.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 21

A charming biopic with that maintains its sweetness even in sadder moments.



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This biography of children's author Beatrix Potter explores how she overcame a domineering mother and the chauvinism of Victorian England to become a best-selling author.



Jun 19, 2007


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Miss Potter is as seamless, comfortable and tidy as a Peter Rabbit story, all scones and biscuits, quietly punctuated by tolerable naughtiness.

March 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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One of those films that commits few egregious errors, but scales few real heights. There is nothing either terribly wrong or keenly right about it. It's tidy, I suppose.

March 9, 2007
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The film offers scant insight into the forces that inspired Potter's phenomenally successful career.

March 8, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If the source material is soft, the film then takes another punch with the casting of Renée Zellweger in the title role. She overflows with tics and twitches that make the author seem vaguely deranged.

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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With Miss Potter, Renee Zellweger has won back that precious thing that stardom rips away and the tabloids won't let you reclaim: her charm.

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Unbearably, the script accommodates a quaking courtship between the slightly dotty Potter and her devoted young publisher, ho exchange romantic byplay such as, "You and rabbits -- extraordinary!" and "I recently remembered a story...about a duck!"

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Miss Potter is too well crafted to actually be bad, but it's too light to be better than good. An entertaining trifle, but a trifle nonetheless.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source:

The movie is made to measure for mothers, aunts and grandmothers who would share Potter's books, such as "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," with tikes of any generation.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source:

A Beatrix Potter biopic: So much more than just cute and fuzzy bunnies.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source:

While it cannot sustain the fairytale enchantment of something like Finding Neverland, Miss Potter is, nonetheless, a worthy and sweet, middle-of-the-road biopic.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

There's nothing inherently wrong with MISS POTTER. It's just a throwback to the biopics of the 1930s and 40s and in some ways it may seem progressive to contemporary audiences.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
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Much like star Renée Zellweger's portrayal of its famous title character, Miss Potter is a strange, split-personality kind of thing.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Portraying a real-life hero can be a tough assignment. But Zellweger breezes through the role, flashing her puckish grin, talking in her soft, breathy voice and giving very human face to one of the most beloved figures of English letters.

June 1, 2007
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For fans of Potter's work, "Miss Potter" is indispensable. But even viewers with the haziest memories of those unique little books will enjoy spending 90 minutes inside her idyllic world.

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Director Chris Noonan ('Babe') gives us a story with the right balance of humor, pathos and romance.

May 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Deftly navigating the line between the sublime and the saccharine ...

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A film of no little charm, Chris Noonan's Miss Potter never quite gets out of 'Biopic Basic' mode despite occasional murmurings of a desire to be something more.

April 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Something of a muddle....The level of social criticism and psychological portraiture shifts from Howard's End to Mary Poppins.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

Enchanting, perhaps, but a long, long way from meaningful.

March 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Miss Potter is not a bad film, but it is a more tepid treatment than the facts of her life would seem to call for. Beatrix Potter deserves better.

March 17, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

It's buttoned-up to a fault, as proper as clotted cream, and at times as exciting.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

[Zellwegger's and McGregor's] performances bring great joy to this picture, which is slight but satisfying, like a favorite children's book revisited as an adult.

March 16, 2007
Sacramento Bee

Much as I admire this plucky child of privilege, who was 36 when she became a best-selling author in 1902, I didn't find her life compelling in this version by screenwriter Richard Maltby Jr. and director Chris Noonan.

March 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Even a third-act tragedy can't taint the picture's perpetual cheeriness -- which works fine when Miss Potter functions as a wholesome family film and not so well when it strives for some measure of dramatic heft.

March 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

You have to love a movie in which a little white rabbit literally jumps off the page to excite a writer's imagination, or winks at her to encourage her dreams.

March 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Miss Potter isn't deep, but it is curiously endearing. Anyone who has ever been charmed by a Potter book will be equally charmed by this cinematic take on her life.

March 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Audience Reviews for Miss Potter

I've always considered Renée Zellweger to be average actress. She's talented, but she's picked many questionable projects that simple didn't have any resonance with me. However, with Miss Potter, a biography drama film on the life of children author Bellatrix Potter ranks as her finest piece of work of her career. With an entertaining, rich story, the film is a well paced picture that is engaging from the first moment right up to end. Zellwegger does some great work here, and of all her films that I have seen of hers, this is her best. She brings a certain charm to her role, and makes it her own and it adds so much depth to overall film that it's easy to forget its flaws. With that being said, the film falls short of what it could have been, as it's a film that is a bit too short. I would love to have seen a longer film of Bellatrix Potter's life, and that's where the film doesn't quite get there. The film tries to add so much content into its run time that some important details of her life are never mentioned. However, Zellwegger's performance is what makes this film so good, and her chemistry that she has with actor Ewan McGregor is quite good, and throughout the film there's a feel atmosphere that really stands out in the film. I quite loved the film, and this one really surprised and I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Aside from its short run time, and the fact they add too much material, which kind of makes the film a bit uneven, overall Miss Potter is a very good movie, one that is a surprising drama that is definitely worth seeing.
May 20, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Charming drama about children's author Beatrice Potter's life. An intelligent child who has great talent for drawing and writing about creatures. She becomes a successful author in a stuffy Victorian England. She is secretly engaged to her editor and first love who becomes ill. She gains independence through her writing. Delightful family movie. Great cast and story.
September 18, 2011
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Beatrix Potter! Yay! Five stars Renée Zellweger, no stars, They must've cast around for a good actress and then when no one called . . . Read the Potter stories and forget this borat. How long? How long? How long can Zellweger get acting jobs? Freakin A unbelievable . . .
November 20, 2010

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    1. Beatrix Potter: You think that's lucky? Your mother is a monster! No, its fine. My mother and I have come to an understanding. We've agreed to not understand each other.
    – Submitted by Mary B (18 months ago)
    1. Beatrix Potter: There's something delicious about writing those first few words of a story. You can never quite tell where they will take you. Mine took me here, where I belong.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (18 months ago)
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