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A Cinderella Story Reviews

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Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
July 16, 2004
Only several charismatic actors and fleeting moments of genuine romance survive this modern thrashing of the age-old fairy tale.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 16, 2004
A terrible movie, sappy and dead in the water.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 16, 2004
The movie starts off keenly aware of the hokum of fairy-tale schemes. Yet, like a slew of similarly themed movies (The Prince & Me and 13 Going on 30), it has a hard time giving its audience a brand-new vision.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 15, 2004
Under the charmless direction of Mark Rosman, the actors seem to be frozen at the rehearsal stage, with the blessed exception of a sublimely funny Jennifer Coolidge as the Botoxed horror of a stepmother.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
July 13, 2004
Clearly a movie that is aiming strictly for its target audience of young girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Larry Carroll
July 16, 2004
Chad Michael Murray could be the next Johnny Depp, or he could be the next Luke Perry - only time will tell.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 11, 2004
From its uninspiring title -- and certain turnoff for young males -- to its limp slapstick and uneven acting, A Cinderella Story arrives with a dull thud.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 23, 2004
This year's one-zillionth mean-girl movie, and that's not the only thing here that's played out.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
July 16, 2004
just about the same exact movie as all those other trifles aimed at the tween girl demographic that have been unleashed upon the unsuspecting moviegoing masses this year
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
July 18, 2004
Airy and blithely romantic at first, but very quickly descends into unintentional absurdity and stays there.... It's pre-fab 'fun' at its most mirthless.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 16, 2004
You can say of this movie, truly, that they took the most famous tale in the world and broke it.
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Todd McCarthy
July 13, 2004
Modern footwear simply doesn't fit this perennial fairy tale heroine, who's been reborn as a Valley Girl in a rendition that stumbles in almost every conceivable way.
Brian Orndorf
August 16, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kit Bowen
July 21, 2004
Besides adolescent girls who either want to be Hilary Duff or want to slobber over Chad Michael Murray, the story offers nothing new to an already beaten-to-death teen genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
July 11, 2010
The movie will wash over adolescent female audiences who don't know any better like melted Brie on 110-degree asphalt, but for the rest of us it's a grueling waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Duff has yet another brainless movie to add to her repertoire.
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
July 16, 2004
A sloppy, idiotic mess that demonstrates nothing but contempt for anyone deluded enough to actually watch it.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
Charles Perrault must be spinning in his grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Willie Waffle
July 15, 2004
I'm too much of a man to enjoy this movie ... Remarkably, Duff is not annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 15, 2004
A Cinderella Story misfires as a comedy and offers no fresh twists or clever turns on this ancient fairy tale.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
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