A Cinderella Story - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

A Cinderella Story Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 28, 2004
| Original Score: D
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 20, 2004
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 19, 2004
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 16, 2004
Let me get quickly to the word that best describes this movie. It is horrible.
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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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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 16, 2004
Desperately conceived by even the most insipid standards of contemporary teen-queen cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
July 16, 2004
Give this wannabe Cinderella a big Bibbitti Bobbitti Boo.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 16, 2004
Duff is cute and chirpy; Murray is cute and bland, and the stepsisters squabble a lot. Ho-hum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
July 16, 2004
It's not a terrible movie, just a disappointingly pleasant one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 16, 2004
This witless little comedy takes the classic fairy tale and turns it into a Hilary Duff vehicle about popularity, e-mail and cell phones at a San Fernando Valley high school.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 16, 2004
Its take is about as original as its title, full of recycled ideas and half-hearted performances.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
July 16, 2004
An instantly forgettable wisp of marshmallow that revisits the same teen-crush cliches that have surely been in play since the days of the classic fairy tale it ransacks for inspiration.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 16, 2004
The Prince is a wet rag, the slapstick stepsisters are dull and even the fretful Sam seems colorless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 16, 2004
Duff plays off her Lizzie Maguire persona as a cute but unassuming girl, but also conveys soulfulness and earnest longing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
July 16, 2004
Content to be another candy-coloured fantasy. It'd be easier to enjoy it as such if most of the young characters here weren't mean-spirited caricatures who chiefly serve to illustrate Sam's virtues.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 16, 2004
Nothing's particularly risky or original, but neither is anything all that repulsive.
| Original Score: C+
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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.
Full Review | 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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 16, 2004
Mean Girls it's not; a plastic butter knife has more edge. But sometimes it's nice to know your kids won't cut their fingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
July 15, 2004
Feels like a pro forma TV movie from the get-go and relies almost entirely on Duff's likability to hold the audience's attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 15, 2004
The movie strains to bend the fairy tale to accommodate another coarse high school comedy of air-headed teenage vixens ganging up on a meek little angel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 15, 2004
The sort of entertainment that makes you happy to be grown up and able to avoid the current onslaught of trite, lazy, unimaginative films aimed at tween-agers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 15, 2004
A step down for Duff, who owes her fans and herself something fresher than another lazy rehash of the world's most-exploited fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
July 15, 2004
In typical Lizzie spirit, it's harmless, it's sweet, it's corny, it's fun and it all comes out impossibly right.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
July 15, 2004
Thanks to a charming cast and several bubbly moments, adults in the audience may find themselves genuinely entertained by the pleasantly feathery story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 15, 2004
A mostly charmless affair.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 15, 2004
Writer Leigh Dunlap and director Mark Rosman tart up their Cinderella variation with the predictable accoutrements of teen comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 15, 2004
This teen movie is all about the packaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 15, 2004
Instant sugar shock.
| Original Score: 1/4
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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.
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
July 15, 2004
Duff needed to channel TV-Lizzie for this role, but instead she gives us milquetoast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 14, 2004
When not unnecessarily bland, synthetic, and indistinguishable from undistinguished teen TV, A Cinderella Story is unnecessarily coarse and dumbed down, with every character except Sam and Austin subject to perfunctory ridicule.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Jennifer Snow
Village Voice
July 13, 2004
Lacks the guiltily pleasurable panache (and punch) of other recent chickadee flicks posited as protofeminist fairy tales.
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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.