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Harriet the Spy Reviews

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January 1, 2000
...the pacing is slow and there are scenes that seem amateurish...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 9, 2002
A very draggy affair because Harriet's exploits are treated like an episodic laundry list.
July 25, 2002
The whimsical and meaningless first part dissolves into a mean spirited and disturbing concluding section.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
There's dancing, and bubble blowing and bed bouncing that's entirely aimless and Harriet's neighborhood sleuthing becomes particularly pointless.
January 1, 2000
The film's OK, a little thick with sensory overload, but it wasn't made for old guys like me.
January 1, 2000
There's a certain amateurish quality about Harriet the Spy, but it's more the TV-trained grownups behind the camera...than the pint-sized thespians in front of it.
January 1, 2000
...doesn't live up to its promise as a movie that could have had a lot of fun exploiting the ingenuity-themed construct.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
...a tedious adaptation...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/3
January 1, 2000
Nick's methodology is way, way, outta synch with the spirit of Louise Fitzhugh's award-winning book.
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January 1, 2000
...in busily updating the '60s story for the more worldly '90s, the filmmakers have ended up, ironically, with a product much more naively juvenile than the original.
January 1, 2000
Harriet the Spy has real character in some of its details, but it never feels like much more than a low-budget TV show.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
While the well-loved novel was apparently about the admirable battle a kid must wage in order to become an artist in the face of peer disapproval, the movie seems to be about a mean-spirited tyke who has no scruples.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 14, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 6, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 30, 2006
A below mediocre adaptation of the popular novel that is nonetheless served well by the two female leads, but all representative of the adults world (parents, teachers, psychologists) are narrow, standard-issue constructions.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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April 12, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 24, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Harriet the Spy is an intelligent, insightful look at the tribulations of being a creative, misunderstood misfit at age eleven.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
July 27, 2002
A better-than-expected kid's-book adaptation.
| Original Score: 4/5
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