The Princess Diaries Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
May 1, 2011
This fairy tale, which feels as if it were made in the 1960s, deatures a star-making performance from the child-actress Anne Hathaway
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Terrific fun for girls and their families, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 19, 2009
The unexpected rewards of director Garry Marshall's ("Beaches") latest spin on the well-worn Pygmalion fairy tale are numerous.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 9, 2009
This Cinderella fantasy transforms a geek into a princess, and teaches a few life lessons along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film4
March 9, 2009
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.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Heather Wadowski
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 21, 2004
...doesn't hold much appeal for those outside its target audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
August 18, 2003
These diaries have too many dull pages and not enough juicy bits to keep you interested.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
It's a cozy message for young girls, even if it's couched in a predictable plot that is pure Disney.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Despite the hackneyed quality of the pretext, nice performances save this film from itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Walker
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
It's an absolute credit to the cast that The Princess Diaries has charm at all.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
It's another movie where teenage girls look like a bunch of unfeeling idiots or worse.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 20, 2002
Garry Marshall directs with the same fairy tale charm he gave "Pretty Woman," but without the disturbing prostitution angle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 10, 2002
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...
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos
June 8, 2002
El Diario de la Princesa es el regreso de estos estudios a las comedias blancas e inocentes.
| Original Score: 8/10
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