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The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries (2001)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 113
Fresh: 53 | Rotten: 60

A charming, if familiar, makeover movie for young teenage girls.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 17

A charming, if familiar, makeover movie for young teenage girls.



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This teen comedy from Disney is based on a popular novel by Meg Cabot and directed by Garry Marshall. Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is a teenage klutz who's openly mocked by the popular Lana Thomas (pop singer Mandy Moore). In fact, Mia's only friend at her exclusive prep school is the socially outcast Lilly (Heather Matarazzo). Mia's life takes a dramatic turn, however, when her mom announces that her late biological father was in actuality the crown prince of a small European nation,


Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Gina Wendkos

Dec 18, 2001


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All Critics (116) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (60) | DVD (30)

Notions of responsibility, surrogacy, rites of passage and the value of friendship are gone through, but the highlighting of modern tropes merely serves to emphasise the film's conventionality.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Screenwriter Gina Wendkos, working from Meg Cabot's novel, resorts to monotonous movie clichés: almost uniformly cruel classmates and a callous, cacophonous mob of media jackals.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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A modest, enjoyable fairy tale that easily outcharms its animated stablemates of the past decade.

August 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Bumpy but endearing.

August 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A sweet movie from a sweet director.

August 3, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Hardly a cross-dressing update of My Fair Lady. But in its own blanded-down fashion, it captures just enough of that show's metamorphic zest to make you wish it were.

August 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Newsday
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This fairy tale, which feels as if it were made in the 1960s, deatures a star-making performance from the child-actress Anne Hathaway

May 1, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Terrific fun for girls and their families, too.

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

The unexpected rewards of director Garry Marshall's ("Beaches") latest spin on the well-worn Pygmalion fairy tale are numerous.

July 19, 2009 Full Review Source:

This Cinderella fantasy transforms a geek into a princess, and teaches a few life lessons along the way.

March 9, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

That this failed is largely down to the stilted, clichéd dialogue of the screenplay; fans of the wittier novel by Meg Cabot may well be disappointed.

March 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Marshall milks the San Francisco scenery for all it's worth, but is all thumbs when it comes to squeezing the full comic possibilities of the story...

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A light, uneven Pygmalion story that may win young girls over with its wish fulfilment theme and teen movie staples, but does not live up to the expectations created by the cast and director.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

One of the most delightful and touching comedies to grace the big-screen in years that features no swearing, no sex, no violence, no drugs -- and no dull moments.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

...doesn't hold much appeal for those outside its target audience.

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

These diaries have too many dull pages and not enough juicy bits to keep you interested.

August 18, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

It's a cozy message for young girls, even if it's couched in a predictable plot that is pure Disney.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Despite the hackneyed quality of the pretext, nice performances save this film from itself.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

What starts as a feel-good movie quickly degenerates into a feel-bored movie, not least because at two hours it's at least thirty minutes too long.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

It's an absolute credit to the cast that The Princess Diaries has charm at all.

August 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It's another movie where teenage girls look like a bunch of unfeeling idiots or worse.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Garry Marshall directs with the same fairy tale charm he gave "Pretty Woman," but without the disturbing prostitution angle.

June 20, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The film was directed by Garry Marshall, who turned "Pretty Woman" into a fairy tale for big girls 11 years ago. In many ways, "Diaries" is the G-rated remake...

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

El Diario de la Princesa es el regreso de estos estudios a las comedias blancas e inocentes.

June 8, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Princess Diaries

Dear Diary: I watched a movie. It sucked.

Full review coming to on September 12th.
August 10, 2013

Super Reviewer

I love the The princess Diaries i've seen them countless times and i love them more and more every time i watch them!
I find them extremely amusing and im guarenteed to be cheered up when i watch them!
Anne Hathaway has great comic timing and is thoroughly enjoyable to watch, its a great cast and just a lovely light hearted funny teen dramedy! :)
June 13, 2012
Film Crazy

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Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway make a great combination and this film is hysterical. Definite must watch and the sequel doesn't dissapoint.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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    1. Lilly Moscovitz: Think about it: I just found out that my cable only reaches twelve people.
    – Submitted by Criselle M (15 months ago)
    1. Lana Thomas: Principal Gupta, did you see what she did to me?!
    2. Vice Principal Gupta: Oh no, sweetie, I was in a very important meeting. Send it out for dry cleaning.
    – Submitted by Criselle M (15 months ago)
    1. Joseph: You can call me Joe.
    2. Mia Thermopolis: Joey?
    3. Joseph: [LAUGHS] No. Joe.
    – Submitted by Criselle M (15 months ago)
    1. Michael Moscovitz: Why me?
    2. Mia Thermopolis: Because you saw me when I was invisible.
    – Submitted by Simran G (21 months ago)
    1. Lilly Moscovitz: Wait up! Wait for me!
    2. Lilly Moscovitz: Not you! I don't even know you!
    – Submitted by Isabella M (2 years ago)
    1. Mia Thermopolis: My expectation in life is to be invisible and I'm good at it.
    – Submitted by Isabella M (2 years ago)
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