Cinderella Reviews

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January 9, 2020
Turgid, overly long, and desperate for a reason to exist beyond the boffo box office numbers.
August 30, 2018
The plot is essentially the exact same plot as the 1950 Disney animated film, but this version is missing the fun bits.
June 5, 2017
Cinderella is a story that really demands nuance in 2015, and that feature is sadly lacking in this adaptation.
May 28, 2016
It's such a rote recitation of a story we've heard a thousand times that it's hard to imagine why on earth they're telling it to us again.
April 9, 2016
The story doesn't work nearly as well in live action, losing the buffer zone of disbelief inherent in Disney's classic animated version.
December 21, 2015
Why do the whole Cinderella thing again anyway?
December 17, 2015
A good story can cover up all manner of sins. But that ball gown is indicative of the film's whole approach - covering a thin, needlessly bloated story with beautiful surfaces.
May 1, 2015
Running contrary to its message, the film seems content to fit in rather than stand out from its numerous predecessors on stage and screen.
April 3, 2015
After dehydrating the pulpy fun from a Marvel superhero and Tom Clancy spies, you can imagine how Branagh mishandles Cinderella, reverent and corny when a touch of mockery wouldn't hurt.
April 3, 2015
It's hard to see this new Cinders as anything more than a brand-based cash grab when its sole function is to succeed (and perhaps replace) a movie that's ageless.
March 26, 2015
There is a lot of dying early on and also quite a lot later on, when you will feel you are dying, of boredom, of ennui and, possibly, the full weight of the patriarchy, pressing down hard on your chest.
March 21, 2015
It looks terrific. It's also faithful to a fault -- and that's exactly the problem, since it makes it on the dull, unadventurous side.
March 20, 2015
The studio has managed to do the impossible, and portray a version of the classic fairy tale heroine who's even more of an insipid doormat that the one in its 1950 animated classic.
March 15, 2015
Most fairy tales on film contain either enough wit or verve or spectacle to engage an entire audience, but there is nothing here to engage the adult viewer. Nothing.
March 13, 2015
I'm all for confection, but this movie takes that too far. Cinderella and the prince look like they belong on a wedding cake.
March 13, 2015
If it weren't for the imaginative and eye-catching costumes by three-time Oscar winner Sandy Powell, Cinderella could be mistaken for a typical Disney Channel special.
March 13, 2015
Even with its attractive leads, Lily James and Richard Madden, grand fairy-tale settings and, when it counts, affecting moments, this live-action "Cinderella" is only modestly engaging.
March 13, 2015
A lavish, classy affair...But while long on beauty, Branagh's film falls short on whimsy...[and] the film's most affecting emotional moments...stand apart from the story's central conflict.
March 13, 2015
The audience already primed for more "happily ever after" will be more than satisfied with the results. Everyone else will wonder what the studio was/is thinking with this strategy.
March 12, 2015
For all its gossamer, gauze, filigree and refinement, "Cinderella" drags when it should skip as lightly as its title character when she's late getting home from the ball.
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