Ella Enchanted Reviews

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April 27, 2004
A thoroughly charming performer with a bracing freshness about her that carries the film, [Hathaway] establishes credible chemistry with Brit thesp Dancy.
April 20, 2004
An overcalculated fusion of Shrek and The Princess Bride with all the smarts replaced by smartass.
April 12, 2004
It had some creative touches, but I thought the special effects were kind of cheesy.
April 9, 2004
In its innocence, sweet heart and abundant wit, it has more going for it, by my accounting, than a dozen more expensive-looking films.
April 9, 2004
This all makes for good and entertaining fun, from the musical numbers of 1980s pop tunes to the flamboyant fight scenes. For a while. But you've seen this all before.
April 9, 2004
Mostly ... the film bubbles along happily.
April 9, 2004
O'Haver ... has a great time juggling silly jokes, contemporary tunes and anachronisms like hand-cranked escalators at the medieval mall.
April 9, 2004
April 9, 2004
Artful enough to intrigue adults and far more original than other versions of Cinderella portrayed onscreen with alarming regularity.
April 9, 2004
The vehicle that carries [Hathaway] is a bit of a mouldy pumpkin.
April 9, 2004
It's a high-spirited charmer, a fantasy that sparkles with delights.
April 9, 2004
Ella would be a lot more enchanting if it weren't such a pandering piece of product.
April 9, 2004
Hathaway's sweetly earnest performance makes this ambitious and occasionally downright weird tale work.
April 9, 2004
It's barely got a laugh in it.
April 9, 2004
Though slightly uneven, this film version of Ella Enchanted never wavers from the magic of author Gail Carson Levine's words for girls: The demands of obedience should not be used to chain their souls.
April 9, 2004
Hathaway plays Ella straight, but appealingly, and is the actor least suspected of being put through Photo Shop.
April 8, 2004
An ugly-looking mismash of a fairytale.
April 8, 2004
A nightmarish cross between prime-time WB and a renaissance festival.
April 8, 2004
In its attempt to fuse a fairy-tale fantasy with a modern sensibility, the movie winds up a corny, derivative mishmash.
April 8, 2004
The movie is an embarrassment -- another example of Hollywood excess overwhelming and sinking an otherwise unassuming story.
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