Well, I didn't expect this to be too true to the books, and of course it had alterations in the plot. I guess the reason I didn't think it was very good was because I didn't think they did many of the characters very well; I thought Cornelia and Uncle Gard were pretty true to the books, but Grandmary and Samantha and Nellie didn't feel right. (Grandmary was SO not done right! But I don't think that was the actresses' fault, more the writers', I guess.) It wasn't really bad, but they could have been more careful with their characters.
I would have liked it better if it stuck more closely to the books. I like the Felicity one better, even though it also veered from the books...but then again that might be because I just like the Felicity stories better anyway...meh, whatever.
I really liked this movie and would watch it again. This is the first movie I saw Annasophia Robb in and had to double check, because of the hair change and didnt know it's the girl from charlie and the chocolate factory. But it shows how good actress she is, because this movie is completely opposite from the other. I loved the set, and the outfits they wore, and the happy ending.