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Penelope Reviews

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Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

Penelope isn't really suitable for anyone. It's a boar.

Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC) | Original Score: 1/5

March 6, 2008
Brent Simon

The success of Juno has re-set the bar for whimsical tales of headstrong, intelligent young women grappling with life difficulties.

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March 6, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An adult fairy tale that is badly hobbled by its uncreative handling of its theme of finding one's true self.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

March 5, 2008
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A film of some ragged charm -- and one in which there's always something cool to look at in design and filmmaking style. And that's more than a lot of movies can claim.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 5, 2008
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

A neat modern fairy tale.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3/4

March 5, 2008
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

'Penelope' is a sweet film that I rather enjoyed. It never hurts to be reminded that we should all be happy with who we are.

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March 4, 2008
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

This film had the potential to be much more heartfelt, but the silly antics in the beginning, and the cool approach of the parents towards their "ugly daughter" undermine the poignancy that the filmmakers were obviously shooting for in the end.

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March 4, 2008
David Cornelius

Just downright lovely, a gorgeous fairy tale for children and grown-ups alike.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2008
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The material is flawed, to be sure, but the story is less predictable than you would guess and it exudes an easy-going wit.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I think it's a sweet film.

March 3, 2008
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

Okay, so she's got a snout, but it's far from Rocky Dennis or John Merrick levels of grotesque.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 3, 2008
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy

There's absolutely nothing wrong with the film, but it's just not strong enough to be a real winner either.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

March 2, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

How can a movie with this premise and this cast be so mercilessly dull and stupid?

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

March 2, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

A precocious fairy tale made for and starring people too old for whimsy

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C

March 2, 2008
Steve Crum

'What makes us different makes us beautiful,' touts the film's promo blurb. Good thought, but do any of the characters in 'Penelope' ever believe it? For sure this is a different film, but beautifully executed it is not.

Full Review | Original Score: D

March 2, 2008
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

the girl's ungainly snout is the only unique feature in this otherwise textbook fantasy.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 2, 2008
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

A grim fairy tale at times, Penelope eventually lands in crowd-pleaser territory.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2008
Diva Velez

Penelope's brilliant cast carries the audience through of the film's minor iniquities and gives us a charming and delightful myth.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 2008
Dustin Putman

With some fine-tuning, Penelope might have been transformed into a winning little fable about accepting and loving oneself. As is, it only serves to remind of what could have been.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 29, 2008
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt

Just another stab at modern fantasy with some fatal filmmaking flaws that are all-too-real.

Full Review Source: The Deadbolt

February 29, 2008
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