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Refreshingly traditional in a revisionist era, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella proves Disney hasn't lost any of its old-fashioned magic.



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Cate Blanchett stars in this new vision of the Cinderella tale from director Kenneth Branagh and the screenwriting team of Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna for Disney Pictures. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Cate Blanchett
as The Wicked Stepmother
Helena Bonham Carter
as The Fairy Godmother
Nonso Anozie
as Captain
Ben Chaplin
as Ella's Father
Hayley Atwell
as Ella's Mother
Rob Brydon
as Master Phineus
Jana Perez
as Princess Chelina of Zaragosa
Alex MacQueen
as Royal Crier
Tom Edden
as Lizard Footman
Gareth Mason
as Goose Coachman
Eloise Webb
as Ella (10 Years)
Joshua McGuire
as Palace Official
Matthew Steer
as Halberdier
Mimi Ndiweni
as Slipper Lady
Laura Elsworthy
as Slipper Lady
Ella Smith
as Slipper Lady
Ann Davies
as Slipper Lady
Gerard Horan
as Lord Veneering
Daniel Tuite
as Gardener
Stuart Neal
as Stable Roy
Tomiwa Edun
as Trooper
Joseph Kloska
as Royal Crier's Assistant
Andy Apollo
as Prince Retinue Member
Craig Mather
as Prince Retinue Member
Jonny Owen Last
as Prince Retinue Member
Nari Blair Mangat
as Prince Retinue Member
Michael Jenn
as King's Doctor
Josh O'Connor
as Ballroom Palace Guard
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Critic Reviews for Cinderella

All Critics (239) | Top Critics (51)

  • Darlings, just breathless with the news: Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella is a sumptuous, candy-coloured rush of romance, with added thespian backbone from Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother.

    Mar 27, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A remarkably faithful, full-hearted live action rendition of Cinderella, well cast and sumptuously staged, picking its way carefully between Walt Disney's classic musical animation of 1950 and Perrault's definitive text.

    Mar 27, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Slightly eerie in its dead-eyed coldness, but you get used to it.

    Mar 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's good-natured and silly, with nice support from Rob Brydon, Nonso Anozie, Derek Jacobi and Katie West.

    Mar 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Nearly a century after that black-and-white cartoon short, and 65 years after a "classic" animated feature that missed the mark, Disney finally got Cinderella right -- for now and, happily, ever after.

    Mar 16, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Cinderella is a wonderfully realized family feature that retains the strengths of its source material while at the same time updating it for today's audiences.

    Mar 15, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cinderella

  • Aug 30, 2016
    It's a more broadened take of Disney's classical fairy tale that is more spectacular than people would anticipate. The live-action Cinderella grasps everything magnificent about the 1950s animated landmark and updates its presentation with grand effects and scale that's both magical and memorable as the original. 4.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2015
    Yes it's pretty, yes it's "traditional" but It's also mind-numbingly dull. Say what you will about Disney's animated version of this fairy tale but at least it had personality.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2015
    Simple yet utterly charming. Cinderella never tries to ground its story in realism but rather embraces the magic of Disney. While the movie does lay some foundational ground for some characters it remains a faithful adaptation of the 1950 animated classic. Lily James plays an innocent, kind and enigmatic Cinderella gracing the screen with a sincere performance, while Cate Blanchett also adds some menacing depth to Lady Tremaine. The direction is flawless from Kenneth Branagh, with livid and breathtaking set pieces especially that of the royal palace. The chemistry with "Kit" Charming (Richard "there must always be a Stark in Winterfell" Madden) and Cinderella is also authentic and believable. The movie never claims to be less or more but rather a re-telling of a beloved classic. Disney's second renaissance is now flourishing. 3.5/5
    Jarrad C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2015
    Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Cinderella is an enchanting live-action adaptation of Disney's animated classic. After the death of her father a young maiden named Ella finds herself at the hands of an abusive stepmother, but she soon finds hope after meeting a mysterious gentleman while out riding one day. Newcomer Lily James is especially charming as Cinderella, and Helena Bonham Carter gives an incredibly whimsical and inspired performance as the Fairy Godmother. Additionally, the costumes and set designs are extraordinarily well-done, giving the film a real fairy tale-like quality. However, the writers don't really do anything new with the story, and most of the characters are one-dimensional. Yet overall, Disney's Cinderella is a magical family film that maintains the charm and beauty of the animated original.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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