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Miss Potter Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dallas Morning News
March 17, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 10, 2007
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 9, 2007
Miss Potter is as seamless, comfortable and tidy as a Peter Rabbit story, all scones and biscuits, quietly punctuated by tolerable naughtiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 9, 2007
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 8, 2007
The film offers scant insight into the forces that inspired Potter's phenomenally successful career.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
March 8, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 8, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
February 3, 2007
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!"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 16, 2007
A grave disappointment.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 12, 2007
The thinness shows -- there isn't much of a story. Beatrix starts out as a feisty, idiosyncratic, talented gal and, save for a momentary lapse after a brush with tragedy, remains so right to the end of the bunny trail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 12, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 10, 2007
Miss Potter, right to the end, is the definition of a nice movie, and that makes it a genuine oddball in a universe of increasingly distressed and uncivilized pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 10, 2007
I found it slight but enchanting, which is not the same thing as slightly enchanting.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 8, 2007
The story really grows on you and it's very sweet and it's beautiful to look at.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 8, 2007
If the movie is respectful and factually informative, it's also tightly corseted -- in dramatic terms.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 8, 2007
It will certainly play well with older audiences and the kind of adolescent girls who draw faces in their O's.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 8, 2007
Feels more lightweight than it should and simultaneously not magical enough.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 6, 2007
The film's wholesome, freshly scrubbed tedium suggests literary history drained of life and preserved in formaldehyde.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 5, 2007
The uncertain rhythms and stresses of the piece suggest that they didn't know whether they were making a romance, a biography or a bedtime story. Miss Potter is all three, of course. And all are very engaging -- and happily G-rated.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 5, 2007
All-too-tasteful film, which is apparently aimed at mothers and daughters with far too much time on their hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 5, 2007
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.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 5, 2007
It's a soft-focus picture of a woman who, surely, had a few more hard edges, but it's a thoroughly pleasant escape to another world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 5, 2007
Was Potter really the way Renée Zellweger plays her here? Let's hope so. Dreamy, exquisitely sensitive and yet oddly focused, it's a beautiful characterization.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 5, 2007
The overall effect is a solid one-hour love story followed by a dramatized Wikipedia entry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 5, 2007
Known in the United States for her whimsical books, Potter was an ecological champion in the United Kingdom. The film touches on this, but mostly it's a tender tale about yearning hearts and courageous idealism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 5, 2007
Despite Noonan's balancing social friction and fantasy, Miss Potter entrances and delights throughout. It's a beautifully made fairy tale with roots in reality, and all the more satisfying as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 5, 2007
Miss Potter is the first movie to be directed by Chris Noonan since Babe, and it has a similar intelligence and grace. Noonan uses the device of having the illustrated animals offer commentary judiciously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 5, 2007
The twee romance was too much for me.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 5, 2007
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 4, 2007
Although Zellweger strains a bit too hard at being eccentric, [Ewan] McGregor is entrancingly valorous playing opposite her.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 4, 2007
A scenic, well-behaved account of Potter's life and times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 4, 2007
Ultimately, we're won over by Beatrix's story. Hers was, as Richard Griffiths says of Thomas Hardy in The History Boys, 'a saddish life, but not an unappreciated one.' Even more appreciated now, thanks to this honest, unassuming little film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 4, 2007
A bit paint-by-numbers, not to torture a pun out of all this, but when the story of Beatrix Potter, spinster book author and happenstance feminist, eventually does take shape, it is an emotionally and even politically potent story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 4, 2007
Its old-fashioned sincerity ultimately proves disarming. Sweet but not cloying, it's a heartening portrait of goodness surmounting the odds.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 29, 2006
It is a lovely film for the holiday season, as well as afterward, and is reminiscent of Finding Neverland, without the darker undercurrents. Zellweger does a fine job of fleshing out the plucky character despite the occasional simper.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 29, 2006
The love story is beautifully constructed. There's some sentimentality here, but [director Chris] Noonan is careful not to take it too far and to avoid overplaying the audience's emotional chords.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
December 29, 2006
The movie is redeemed by excellent performances. McGregor, in particular, lights up the film, and in her scenes with him, when she is not forced to interact with watercolor rabbits, Zellweger seems to wake up from a long, cranky nap.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 29, 2006
The movie pulls off a neat trick, using animation to show how, when Potter is alone with her animal creations, they leap around on the page or wink at her with unapologetic cheekiness. They're alive, and they're in charge.
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
December 28, 2006
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.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 20, 2006
Unfortunately, much of the pic suggests a quality family film that could have been directed by dozens of other pros.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 19, 2006
Tepid biopic of children's book author Beatrix Potter.
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TIME Magazine
December 11, 2006
...An honorable and curiously winning film.