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Miss Potter (2007)



Critic Consensus: A charming biopic that maintains its sweetness even in sadder moments.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG (for brief mild language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Maltby, Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 19, 2007
Box Office: $2.9M


Renée Zellweger
as Beatrix Potter
Ewan McGregor
as Norman Warne
Emily Watson
as Millie Warne
Bill Paterson
as Rupert Potter
Barbara Flynn
as Helen Potter
Lloyd Owen
as William Heelis
Matyelok Gibbs
as Miss Wiggin
Anton Lesser
as Harold Warne
David Bamber
as Fruing Warne
Phyllida Law
as Mrs. Warne
Lucy Boynton
as Young Beatrix
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Critic Reviews for Miss Potter

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (45)

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

Full Review… | March 9, 2007
Denver Post
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011

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.

Full Review… | April 25, 2009

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

Full Review… | August 25, 2008

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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.

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 . . .

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

Miss Potter Quotes

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 (3 years ago)
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 (3 years ago)

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