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What a Girl Wants (2003)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 104
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 68

Little girls will definitely enjoy it, but it's too syrupy and predictable for adults.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 23

Little girls will definitely enjoy it, but it's too syrupy and predictable for adults.



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Daphne Reynolds has what every girl wants--or so it seems. This spirited young American girl has a unique style all her own, an unconventional but loving relationship with her bohemian mother Libby and a future full of possibilities--but despite her remarkable promise, Daphne feels incomplete. She dreams of one day meeting the father she's never known, the man Libby shared a whirlwind romance with seventeen years ago, but ultimately left behind because his aristocratic family found her

Aug 5, 2003


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A sanitized adventure for the Mary Kate-and-Ashley set.

April 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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There's nothing wrong with this movie, it just kind of moves along at this little pace, no surprises.

April 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Uninspired and insipid all the way.

April 4, 2003
Washington Post
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Girls undoubtedly will want to see it, but What a Girl Wants feels a bit like a reheated version of The Princess Diaries.

April 4, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
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What A Girl Wants doesn't satisfy.

April 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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An unsubtle but sunny fairy tale.

April 4, 2003
Seattle Times
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Too-cute with a few iffy moments, but tweens will eat it up.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Another piece of teen-girl wish-fulfillment fluff of the most forgettable sort.

May 12, 2004 Full Review Source:

The capable cast is wasted in this fluff piece.

December 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Despite her obnoxious Nickelodeon pedigree, Bynes proves that, given the right project, she isn't half bad.

August 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The mum, played by Kelly Preston, tells Daphne, "Getting to know yourself is the answer." And we thought this was supposed to be good family fun.

August 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Teletext

There's very little about it that isn't utterly predictable, and naturally all major setbacks are quickly and easily overcome after a minute and a half music montage, before the final happy ending pancake platter is doused in syrupy overkill

August 10, 2003 Full Review Source:

Amanda Bynes lights up the screen with innocent charm and a sweet-girl smile.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

A complete rip-off without one original twist of any kind-a film devoid of any unique concept.

May 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

A pleasant diversion, but not much more than that.

April 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

Gordon and Co. slobber all over themselves at how quaint and wonderful the British are, producing an effect that is strongly, cheesily American.

April 20, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

If it was possible to do a racist movie about the British, this would be it.

April 14, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

Cinderella's back and Disney doesn't have her.

April 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

...[a] generic and syrupy teen comedy...isn't necessarily what a girl needs-a derivative and excessively perky preteen portrait of a curvy belly-buttoned babe-in-the-woods

April 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

This teen chick flick is just too cloying for words.

April 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

If you're a girl between the ages of 11 and 15, it's probably pretty good, and you're less likely to be distracted by the chipmunk-cheeked Amanda Bynes' striking resemblance to Linda Blair in Exorcist II.

April 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

"What a Girl Wants" has the one thing "The Princess Diaries" desperately needed: hubba, hubba Colin Firth.

April 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

...the sweet nature of the "What a Girl Wants" should get a big draw from female teen population

April 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Teen movies don't have to be pandering and idiotic, but you wouldn't know that by watching this Girl, an aimless piece of fluff that trades in clichés and stock jokes that have for a long time now been signifiers of humor rather than the real thing

April 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
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Audience Reviews for What a Girl Wants

If you are feeling a little down and want to watch a happily-ever-after fairy tale, this is the movie for you!
August 18, 2012

Super Reviewer

Ordinary fish out of water rom/com is set a step above the rest of its ilk by beautiful location filming in London and Colin Firth and Eileen Atkins in the cast.
July 7, 2012
jay nixon

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Oliver James and Amanda Bynes are a really good couple in this film and I really enjoyed it. It's a great chick flick and it's quite funny at times. It's a must see!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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