Harriet the Spy Reviews

September 7, 2011
Top Critic
April 12, 2002
February 14, 2002
February 9, 2002
A very draggy affair because Harriet's exploits are treated like an episodic laundry list.
January 1, 2000
...a tedious adaptation...
January 1, 2000
...the pacing is slow and there are scenes that seem amateurish...
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
Fresh and charming, it never plays down to kids.
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
Harriet the Spy is an intelligent, insightful look at the tribulations of being a creative, misunderstood misfit at age eleven.
January 1, 2000
There's dancing, and bubble blowing and bed bouncing that's entirely aimless and Harriet's neighborhood sleuthing becomes particularly pointless.
Top Critic
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
As the film progresses, the story becomes engaging.
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.
July 10, 1996