Penelope (2006)



Critic Consensus: Though Penelope has a charming cast and an appealing message, it ultimately suffers from faulty narrative and sloppy direction.

Movie Info

Penelope Wilhern, born to wealthy socialites, is afflicted by a secret family curse that can only be broken when she is loved by "one of her own kind." Hidden away in the family's majestic home, she is subjected to meeting a string of blue-bloods through her parent's futile attempt to marry her off and break the curse. Each suitor is instantly enamored with Penelope (and her sizable dowry)... until the curse is revealed. When a willing mate cannot be found, mischievous tabloid reporter Lemon … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, some innuendo and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Leslie Caveny
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 15, 2008
Box Office: $9.8M
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Critic Reviews for Penelope

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (34)

This quirky, snarky contemporary fairy tale could have been a family blockbuster.

Full Review… | August 12, 2012

Penelope suggests that peace comes through character, not cosmetic surgery. In this, it's smarter than Twilight...

Full Review… | May 11, 2010
Looking Closer

I can truthfully say that watching this abysmal fantasy-comedy is less rewarding than being slapped across the face with a large wet fish.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

Watchable but patchy fantasy romance that doesn't quite work, despite strong performances from Ricci and McAvoy.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

A modern-day fairytale, the film is tarted up like a hyperactive five-year-old's lurid fantasy of interior decor.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Times [UK]

Visually stylish, what might have been a cute fantasy becomes tedious due to its banal script and a relentless overload of pig-jokes.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Penelope

Sweet, fairy tale type movie. Resse Witherspoon is barely in this, which surprised me, but quite honestly Christina Ricci and James McAvoy steal the film anyhow. It has a great message to it and is a film all ages would enjoy.

4/5/15. Wow, sounds like I enjoyed this a lot more on the first viewing. A few years have gone by and I decided to watch it again.
It's still an okay movie, but nothing great. Certainly not the 4 stars I originally rated.
Reese Witherspoon is actually quite grating here, considering her small role. (Even though the character is nice).
The whole thing is far fetched (obviously) and I don't know that I really felt anything for Penelope. This felt to me very much a family movie fairy tale. Like Enchanted. So I guess for a fan of that genre, I would recommend it. Not so much for myself though.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Adorable and 3/4. Funny and effective social satire about beauty, fame, and marriage. Christina Ricci is a lovely-locked if bobbleheaded vision, and James McAvoy is a shaggy-haired dream.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

It seems a bit ridiculous that a pig nose could cause people to cringe in horror and jump out of windows (especially considering the amount of ugly people in this world), but this decent little fable-like comedy has a sweet moral message and makes the best of a simple idea.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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