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The Secret Garden Reviews

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August 1, 2013
The result is an instant classic -- rich, dense, resonant, powerful.
August 1, 2013
While drawing superb performances from her young leads, Holland has masterfully contrasted the garden -- a place where melodic robins seem almost conversant -- with the dread of Misselthwaite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 1, 2013
The film retains the gothic atmosphere of the book and looks amazing, thanks to Roger Deakins's scintillating photography. Stealing the show is Maggie Smith as beastly housekeeper Mrs Medlock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2013
That`s a more upscale marketing concept than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but it still doesn't make the movie any good.
August 1, 2013
The movie's dark themes, unhurried pace and talkiness make it something of a gamble for many children. But older children -- especially those who have been asking specific questions about death -- may find some nourishment in this garden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 1, 2013
This enchanted tale vividly shows how love heals and nurtures barren souls, makes them flourish like abundant Edens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 1, 2013
Rather than a fresh breeze, it's the stale air of gilded calculation, the uncomfortable feeling that things are excessively "just so," that overhangs much that is genuinely appealing about this film.
August 1, 2013
Though it can get laborious, and produces the odd unintended chuckle, The Secret Garden is charming and sometimes chillingly authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2013
Any kids' movie that aims for something richer than the Saturday-matinee escapism of smiling whales and preschool ninjas -- that actually captures some of the mystery of childhood -- ought to be embraced. whatever its peculiarities.
August 1, 2013
It's as if the moviemakers were trying to cook up a New Age Yorkshire pudding, without meat drippings -- what's missing is Burnett's robust optimism and animistic energy.
August 1, 2013
The film is not as enchanting as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 1, 2013
This lavish treatment originated from Coppola's Zoetrope studio and follows their several successful films made for family audiences.
August 1, 2013
An intelligently conceived and finely crafted picture with a G rating, a tag normally shunned by ambitious filmmakers because of its association with kiddie cartoons and squeaky-clean dullness.
August 1, 2013
Screenwriter Caroline Thompson and director Agnieszka Holland have turned Frances Hodgson Burnett's rather gothic 1911 children's book into an evocative, beautifully realized picture.
August 1, 2013
The film is gorgeous to look at, from its period accouterments to its wanderings in explored space (the house is full of secret passageways) to its use of color.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 1, 2013
The movie enchants, with a visual texture that clearly bears the mark of executive producer Francis Ford Coppola and confirms the arrival of Oscar-nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 29, 2010
Great book, great adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 26, 2009
Executed to near perfection in all artistic departments, this superior adaptation of the perennial favorite novel will find its core public among girls , but should prove satisfying enough to a range of audiences.
March 31, 2008
It is, first and foremost, a visual delight, a Victorian picture book come to life, from its brief prologue in India through its darkly enchanted recreation of Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire moors.
February 16, 2008
What's truly marvelous about this Victorian fable is the wonderful performances from the child actors.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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