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A Little Princess Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 18, 2013
One of the very best children's movies of the past quarter-century.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10

TV Guide
May 27, 2011
This new version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic boasts first-rate production values and a political sensitivity befitting the '90s, but it doesn't quite capture the magic of the 1939 Shirley Temple vehicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film4
May 27, 2011
Cuaron finds the perfect style for this trusted formula; what could have been routine kids' stuff flourishes with his sure feeling for space, light and colour.
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
May 27, 2011
Soppy and girlish in the extreme, this should keep even the tiniest viewer rapt, while all too many adults may fall victim to an inexplicable bout of eye-watering long before the closing credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 27, 2011
The film uses studio resources to create an entrancing world both in New York and in the heroine's fantasies about India.
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Wonderful movie of a lonely girl's triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 10, 2008
An astonishing work of studio artifice, A Little Princess is that rarest of creations, a children's film that plays equally well to kids and adults.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
An exemplary version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
A bright, beautiful and enchantingly childlike vision.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
July 28, 2003
A truly captivating children's film that never got its due in the theaters.
| Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
This is a magical film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 30, 2002
Enchanting drama based on a children's classic.
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos
May 20, 2002
No es una película. Es un trozo de magia esparcido sobre el celuloide.
| Original Score: 8.5/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It's not only suitable for consumption by those over age 10, it's actually enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Cuaron's version of magic realism consists of seeing incredibly fanciful sets and situations in precise detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A Little Princess exquisitely re-creates the ephemeral world of childhood, an enchanted kingdom where everything, even make-believe, seems possible.
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Enchanting family fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Hollis Chacona
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
From the exquisite costumes to the remarkable set design to the superb performances, this fairy tale comes to life in a way that makes you despair at its ending. But though end it must, its spirit of imagination and its magic of abiding love lingers on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
[Best character was] Indian manservant who almost never spoke ... Powerful eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A delightfully enchanting family fantasy, A Little Princess has all the earmarks of a classic.
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