• PG, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Chris Noonan
    In Theaters:
    Jan 12, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 19, 2007
  • MGM


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Miss Potter Reviews

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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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Blackness may have lurked within the Potter heart, but you'd never know it from Miss Potter, which shifts the burden of ill humor onto the authoress's petit-bourgeois mother.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 28, 2006
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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This attractive, superficial stab at biography, with Renée Zellweger in the title role, is more concerned with a lonely woman's quest for acceptance and love than with an author's worldly achievements.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 5, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Tepid biopic of children's book author Beatrix Potter.

December 19, 2006
Eric D. Snider

Even the extremely simple 'Peter Rabbit' has more going on than this.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C

January 30, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Feels more lightweight than it should and simultaneously not magical enough.

January 8, 2007
Peter Sobczynski

A seriously disjointed biopic on Potter's personal and professional life that desperately yearns to be another Finding Neverland but winds up as an anemic nothing of a film.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 20, 2007
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

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

Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

March 21, 2007
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 17, 2007
Matt Pais

The film's spirit isn't terribly playful, and any real conflict is buried deeper than Peter Rabbit's carrots.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 4, 2007
Robert Koehler
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Unfortunately, much of the pic suggests a quality family film that could have been directed by dozens of other pros.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 20, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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This film is the cinematic equivalent of a delicate English tea cake whose substance is buried under too many layers of icing.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

January 5, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Mostly, though, Miss Potter turns the solemn comedy of her books and illustrations into mere whimsy, animating Jemima Puddle-duck into cartoon life whenever Beatrix talks to her.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The overall effect is a solid one-hour love story followed by a dramatized Wikipedia entry.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 5, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The photography is as pretty as a Potter watercolor. The style is as stiff as one of her own tiny hardbound books. Half an hour in, and you start looking about in vain for Farmer MacGregor's shotgun.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 5, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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All-too-tasteful film, which is apparently aimed at mothers and daughters with far too much time on their hands.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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If the movie is respectful and factually informative, it's also tightly corseted -- in dramatic terms.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 8, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Miss Potter gives us only the bedtime version of the Beatrix Potter story, perhaps appropriately so given the subject matter and target audience, which will likely be captivated by the film's undemanding narrative.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 12, 2007
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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.

| Original Score: C

March 9, 2007
Chris Cabin

Missing that childlike love for nature and animals that Beatrix must have had, and in turn, forgets what it's like to have an imagination.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 28, 2006
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Labors mightily to present world-famous children's author Beatrix Potter as a preternaturally free spirit.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2007
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

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Sydney Morning Herald
January 26, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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March 10, 2007
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