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Cinderella (2015)



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

Movie Info

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, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements)
Genre: Kids & Family, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Aline Brosh McKenna, Chris Weitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 15, 2015
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


Cate Blanchett
as The Wicked Stepmothe...
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 ...
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
Joseph Kloska
as Royal Crier's Assist...
Andy Apollo
as Prince Retinue Membe...
Craig Mather
as Prince Retinue Membe...
Jonny Owen Last
as Prince Retinue Membe...
Nari Blair Mangat
as Prince Retinue Membe...
Michael Jenn
as King's Doctor
Josh O'Connor
as Ballroom Palace Guar...
Craig Mather
as Prince Retinue Membe...
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News & Interviews for Cinderella

Critic Reviews for Cinderella

All Critics (209) | Top Critics (47)

Kenneth Branagh's live action adaptation of Cinderella is a delightful rendition, if surprisingly traditional, that honours the classic fairy tale with a sweet, humorous and earnest treatment befitting a Disney film.

Full Review… | April 26, 2016
New Zealand Herald

The story doesn't work nearly as well in live action, losing the buffer zone of disbelief inherent in Disney's classic animated version.

Full Review… | April 9, 2016

For better or worse, Branagh has redefined the template for what Disney's princess franchise will look like going forward.

Full Review… | February 23, 2016
The Film Stage

Even allowing that Blanchett wrings a wee bit of actual pathos from the added backstory of her character's bitterness, these performances, like the CG concessions of animated animals, are irritatingly overdone.

Full Review… | January 1, 2016
SF Weekly

Kenneth Branagh's remake of this much-loved Disney classic is a sumptuous, magical delight -- albeit in a fairly traditional and safe sense.

Full Review… | December 29, 2015
Sun Online

A very tame live-action retelling of a story everybody already knows.

Full Review… | December 21, 2015
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Cinderella


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.

Jarrad Climpson
Jarrad Climpson

Super Reviewer


Not bad at all. I actually quite enjoyed this adaptation. The evil stepmother really cane through and visually it was awesome.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

What a refreshing take on a classic tale seemingly ready to hit the glue factory as far as cinema is concerned. Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella" works precisely because it plays it straight as a big screen fairytale; yet one smart enough to deviate from familiarly dated tropes in just the right ways. Cinderella is a flesh and blood character due to the effervescent, sensitive performance of Lily James. A real standout and quirky screen presence. On the other side of the coin so is Prince Charming, played by Game of Thrones' Richard Madden. These are extremely likable leads that we can stand behind and root for, no matter how familiar the beats of the plot are. The supporting performances (Cate Blanchet, Helena Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgard among others) are fun to observe, as are the film's impeccable choices in art direction, costume design, and seamless special effects. "Cinderella" is a loving ode to storytelling past, as well as a perfect example to the kind of modern family film that can be sweet, wholesome... and yes; charming, without recycling every trick in the book or talking down to an adult audience.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

Cinderella Quotes

Ella: Lavender's blue dilly dilly lavender's green When I am king dilly dilly you will be queen.
– Submitted by Michael Y (11 months ago)
Ella: Your majesty, I am not a princess, I have no carriage, no parents, no dowry. I do not even know if that beautiful slipper will even fit. But, if it does, will you take me for who I am, an honest country girl who loves you.
Kit: Of course I will. But only if you will take me for who I am, an apprentice still learning his trade.
– Submitted by Lucy Y (13 months ago)
Ella: I've never been painted in a portrait.
Kit: You should!
– Submitted by Kailee Z (14 months ago)
Anastasia: I speak French, not Italian!
– Submitted by Tiffiny W (14 months ago)

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