Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

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Critic Consensus: Ever After is a sweet, frothy twist on the ancient fable, led by a solid turn from star Barrymore.

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Andy Tennant directed this Cinderella variant. The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame (Jeanne Moreau) who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the cinder girl before telling the "true" story of her ancestor. In flashback, the story then focuses on eight-year-old Danielle, daughter of a wealthy widower, a 16th-century landowner. After returning to France with his new wife Rodmilla (Anjelica Huston) and her two daughters, he dies of a heart attack. Ten years later, Danielle (Drew Barrymore) is now treated as a servant by the trio. Fortunately, she has an encounter with Prince Henry (Dougray Scott), who is fleeing an arranged marriage. Later, when Danielle poses as a Lady, the Prince takes an interest in her. Inventor-artist Leonardo da Vinci (Patrick Godfrey), accepting the French court's patronage, offers advice to Prince Henry on matters of the heart. George Fenton's music adds an accompaniment to the lush look of this period romance. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (For momentary strong language.)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Susannah Grant, Andy Tennant, Rick Parks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 2, 1999
Runtime:
20th Century Fox

Cast

Drew Barrymore
as Danielle De Barbarac
Dougray Scott
as Prince Henry
Megan Dodds
as Marguerite
Melanie Lynskey
as Jacqueline
Timothy West
as King Francis
Judy Parfitt
as Queen Marie
Lee Ingleby
as Gustave
Kate Lansbury
as Paulette
Jeanne Moreau
as Grande Dame
Anna Maguire
as Young Danielle
Richard O'Brien
as Pierre Le Pieu
Peter Gunn
as Capt. Laurent
Joerg Stadler
as Wilhelm Grimm
Andy Henderson
as Jacob Grimm
Toby Jones
as Royal Page
Virginia García del ...
as Princess Gertrude
Al Ashton
as Cargomaster
Mark Lewis
as Gypsy Leader
Ricki Cuttell
as Young Gustave
Ricardo Cruz
as Cracked Skull
Elizabeth Earl
as Young Marguerite
Alex Pooley
as Young Jacqueline
Ursula Jones
as Isabella
Amanda Walker
as Old Noblewoman
Rupam Maxwell
as Marquis de Limonges
Tony Doyle
as Driver of Royal Carr...
Marc Christian
as King of Spain
Elvira Stevenson
as Queen of Spain
Erick Awanzino
as Short Bald Man
Susan Field
as Laundry Supervisor
Dominic Rold
as Choirman
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Critic Reviews for Ever After: A Cinderella Story

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (17)

Drew Barrymore plays the complicated belle of the climactic ball and develops a convincing intellectually based friendship with the prince.

Full Review… | August 16, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The script by Susannah Grant, Rick Parks and director Andy Tennant successfully maintains the story's period trappings while introducing a heroine with modern resonance.

Full Review… | July 1, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Given that this is adolescent romance, never straying far from traditional stereotypes, its 'progressive' feel-good aura is mainly down to Barrymore, whose limitations are only exposed in big love scenes.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Though director Andy Tennant was enthusiastic about putting this kind of spin on Cinderella, his touch turns out to be counterproductive.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

'Ever After' presents a plucky Cinderella for today's women and beyond.

Full Review… | March 20, 2015
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Charmng [thanks to] its game cast who are having an obviously marvelous time sashaying about and saying gaily artificial dialogue.

Full Review… | June 11, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Charming and realistic adaptation. Drew Barrymore is great in this one.

Raajay
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

½

I loved this movie when I was younger. It's a great Cinderella story, full of wonder, magic, and romance. The costumes and settings are beautiful. The story is good, and so is the acting. I recommend it.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

Often lacks the plausibility and seriousness that the premise suggests but the chemistry between Barrymore and Scott just shines with an incredibly well written script. Ultimately it wins us over with it's unrelenting charm and wit.

Where Disney's version relied on actual magic and animated impossibilities, the magic in this film comes from it's fun, emotion and uplifting qualities.

In the end it's a harmless romance that works through n' through despite the fact that many feel it's merely a re-telling. A well made chick-flick.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

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