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The Prince and Me (2004)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 120
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 86

A bland, fluffy, and predictable bit of wish fulfillment.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 28

A bland, fluffy, and predictable bit of wish fulfillment.



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For the second time in her career, Julia Stiles plays a character romancing the Crown Prince of Denmark in The Prince & Me, a romantic wish-fulfillment fantasy from director Martha Coolidge. Far from her role as Ophelia in 2000's Hamlet, however, Stiles plays Paige, a plucky, determined college student from the Midwest who's buried in her last few semesters of pre-med studies when she meets Eddie, a brash, impudent Danish foreign-exchange student who just happens to have a mysterious partner


Comedy, Romance

Jack Amiel, Michael Begler, Katherine Fugate

Aug 10, 2004


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All Critics (126) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (86) | DVD (13)

Paige eventually comes to a self-affirming decision, but the Danish interlude succeeds too well in making us feel her boredom.

April 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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... thumbs down for me ...

April 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Nothing is new about the movie's premise, but it is entertaining all the same.

April 2, 2004
Washington Post
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Bland and immediately disposable.

April 2, 2004
Washington Post
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Even its pre-teen audience could use a bit more quirkiness and a little less formula.

April 2, 2004 Full Review Source: USA Today
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The sound you hear is the death rattle of the women's movement.

April 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Good acting saves unoriginal Cinderella story.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...generally remains a cut above the majority of its contemporary romcom brethren - with the dreaded fake break-up handled particularly well (the second fake break-up is kind of pushing it, though).

April 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A Royal Letdown.

December 31, 2004 Full Review Source:

the script and Martha Coolidge direction are so play-it-safe formulaic that the film lacks fairy-tale luster. It's as predictable as an Elvis movie-without the music.

August 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

As pleasing as The Prince & Me can be, director Martha Coolidge's film delivers nothing to advance the genre.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This attempt at a modern-day Cinderella story is about as PC as a Career Girl Barbie and disappoints due to poor structure, flimsy characterisation and insufficient wit to distract from the above.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Julia Stiles is sweet in this charming, but unfulfilling, rom-com.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

A woeful and predictable outing for Cinders and an impossibly twitty prince

July 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A shallow exercise in wish-fulfilment that wants to have its royal wedding cake and eat it too.

July 12, 2004 Full Review Source:

A mocinha não precisava ser Ph.D em Dramaturgia, é claro, mas tampouco deveria ser retratada como alguém com Q.I. inferior ao de Forrest Gump.

June 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Pure fairy tale, but it's also charming enough to win us over in the end.

May 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Coolidge wisely works within the confines of the romantic comedy genre and delivers a quality experience.

April 19, 2004 Full Review

It's exactly the kind of movie you want it to be. Rent it with your best girlfriends on a blustery spring afternoon.

April 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinerina

To wed or not to wed, that is the royal question. You won't need to know Shakespeare to guess the answer, only Hollywood.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Director Martha Coolidge brings us a wonderful romantic comedy.

April 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Cinderella for households where Mom and Dad both work.

April 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

Their romance has the delightful walking-in-another-person's-shoes ambience of the 1953 Gregory Peck-Audrey Hepburn classic Roman Holiday

April 8, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Note to American screenwriters: The whole world isn't as mammary mad as the U.S. Some people have actually seen breasts -- and not just on half-time shows with Janet Jackson.

April 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Julia Stiles is adorable, and she's very easy to empathize with

April 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

...a dry and brittle comedy...

April 7, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Audience Reviews for The Prince and Me

Romantic comedies don't need to always be about two well-rounded people, because, let's face it; the allure of these films is to escape into a world where we are the adoration of attractive men with quirks. Still, even without fully developed characters we want an interesting concept, or at least a McGuffin to further along the plot. "The Prince and Me" tries to cash in on the childlike dream of becoming a princess, while also following the trend of empowered woman taking down roguish playboys. Sadly the woman in question quickly loses her inhibitions and stops caring about her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor and saving the world, all for the benefit of some dude she's known for four months. As unbelievable as that all sounds, it's also strange that the prince is supposedly Danish and yet speaks with an English accent, as do all the other Danes shown throughout the film. I also take issue with the depiction of Wisconsin as a Podunk state where everyone is inclined to work on farms, as someone who lives in a urban city in the aforementioned state. You can't escape into the trappings of the genre because everything about this film is formulaic, cheap, and thoughtless, which says nothing about the lack of chemistry between the two leads.
August 8, 2014

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The best was this one. The rest are horrible and missing Julia Stiles big time.
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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I just didn't get it. Not princessy enough for me (barely any scenes in the royal palace!), but not high school enough either. It's just a lot of Julia Stiles rehashing 10 Things I Hate About You and that other dude not being as charming as Heath Ledger.
May 2, 2011

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