A Cinderella Story (2004)



Critic Consensus: An uninspired, generic updating of the classic fairy tale.

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Cute but geeky high-school student Samantha Martin (Hilary Duff) is knocked off her feet by her father's untimely death, which leaves his diner and Samantha's well-being in the care of Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge), Sam's thoroughly wicked stepmother. Not one to take on such menial tasks as dishwashing and mopping floors, Fiona exploits Sam's dependence as a method of hoisting any dirty work off her own shoulders. School is hardly a break for Samantha, particularly when Shelby (Julie Gonzalo) is around; spoiled, wealthy, and popular, Shelby treats Samantha nearly as badly as Fiona does. Samantha's life is irrevocably changed, however, by two events: a makeover of epic proportions and a sudden electronic correspondence with a mysterious young man. Due to a misplaced cell phone and a series of fateful coincidences, Samantha and her Prince Charming develop a romance through text messages and e-mails, and ultimately promise to meet face-to-face at the biggest school dance of the year. Of course, getting there doesn't go smoothly, and Samantha may miss her chance to meet her dream date -- none other than Austin (Chad Michael Murray), the most popular boy in school. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi
PG (for mild language and innuendo)
Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family , Romance
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Hilary Duff
as Sam Montgomery
Chad Michael Murray
as Austin Ames
Dan Byrd
as Carter
Regina King
as Rhonda
Julie Gonzalo
as Shelby
Lin Shaye
as Mrs. Wells
Madeline Zima
as Brianna
Andrea Avery
as Gabriella
Whip Hubley
as Sam's Dad
Kevin Kilner
as Austin's Dad
Erica Hubbard
as Madison
JD Pardo
as Ryan
Kady Cole
as Caitlyn
Hannah Robinson
as Young Sam
Josh Prince
as Swim Coach
Art LaFleur
as Coach
James Eckhouse
as Mr. Farrell
John Billingsley
as Mr. Rothman
Lilli Babb
as Young Gabriella
Carlie Westerman
as Young Brianna
Christie Herring
as Bachelorette No. 1
Lindsay Hollister
as Bachelorette No. 2
Taylor Hoover
as Beautiful Bachelorette
Brittany Weber
as Bachelorette
Darryl Sivad
as District Attorney
Rita Maye Bland
as Rollerskating Waitress No. 1
Keli Murphy
as Rollerskating Waitress No. 2
Alexis Raich
as Girl at Car Wash
Sabin Rich
as Locker Guy
Sandra McCoy
as Cheerleader/Dancer No. 1
Julianne Waters
as Cheerleader/Dancer No. 2
Karen Elmore
as Cheerleader/Dancer No. 3
Stella Choe
as Cheerleader/Dancer No. 4
Jessie Rice-Holiday
as Cheerleader/Dancer No. 5
Cricket Hamar
as Cheerleader/Dancer No. 6
Shannon Novak
as Cheerleader/Dancer No. 7
Emmanuel Lewis
as Webster Long
Oscar Orosco
as Fighting Frog Mascot
Jason Beitel
as Halloween Dancer
Alex Karras
as George Papadapolis
Kato Bonner
as Halloween Dancer
Susan Clark
as Katherine Calder-Young
Carol Borjas
as Halloween Dancer
Reshma Gajjar
as Halloween Dancer
Molly Gosline
as Halloween Dancer
Hunter Hamilton
as Halloween Dancer
Richard Jackson
as Halloween Dancer
Trey Knight
as Halloween Dancer
Jonathan Ritter
as Halloween Dancer
Jenny Seeger
as Halloween Dancer
Becca Sweitzer
as Halloween Dancer
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Critic Reviews for A Cinderella Story

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (34)

A Cinderella Story doesn't break any new ground, but it's a well-acted little breeze of a film -- perfect if you're a 12-year-old girl.

July 19, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Let me get quickly to the word that best describes this movie. It is horrible.

Full Review… | July 16, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

You can say of this movie, truly, that they took the most famous tale in the world and broke it.

Full Review… | July 16, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Desperately conceived by even the most insipid standards of contemporary teen-queen cinema.

Full Review… | July 16, 2004
USA Today
Top Critic

Give this wannabe Cinderella a big Bibbitti Bobbitti Boo.

Full Review… | July 16, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Duff is cute and chirpy; Murray is cute and bland, and the stepsisters squabble a lot. Ho-hum.

Full Review… | July 16, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Cinderella Story


I had this marked as a 3 1/2 star movie. Downgraded to 2 1/2 after a re watch 2015. It's a young teens movie, but I have enjoyed a lot of those over the years. Hillary Duff always seemed sweet and she made some good movies over this decade. I have to say, I have lost a bit of respect for Hillary personally since she started trying to out wild everyone else out there and trying too hard to shock. Maybe that's coloured how I see this, and I'm less likely now to excuse a less than perfect storyline. Or I am just too old for it, one or the other. All pretty predictable. Jennifer Coolidge her too, but seen all that before too.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Kinda cute or whatever. I never liked Hilary Duff in her prime (mostly due to some inexplicable aversion to her face), but she actually seemed to be a pretty grounded teen actress. Nice to see "Cougar Town"'s moon-faced Dan Byrd as the sacrificial guy best friend.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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