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Refreshingly sweet and sincere, Kit's doll-and-book-inspired do-good mystery may be geared towards the tween girl but will please audiences of all ages. Read critic reviews

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Kit Kittredge (Abigail Breslin), a girl growing up in Depression-era Cincinnati, has a nose for news and a knack for picking up strays. When a crime spree hits the Ohio city, all evidence points to the local hobo community, particularly Kit's friend Will. She recruits her friends Ruthie and Stirling to sniff out the real thief, but the children uncover a plot that reaches far beyond Cincinnati.

Cast & Crew

Abigail Breslin
Kit Kittredge
Chris O'Donnell
Mr. Kittredge
Julia Ormond
Mrs. Kittredge
Glenne Headly
Mrs. Howard
Max Thieriot
Will Shepherd
Madison Davenport
Ruthie Smithens
Zach Mills
Stirling Howard
Colin Mochrie
Mr. Pennington
Ann Peacock
Screenwriter
Julia Roberts
Executive Producer
Marisa Yeres
Executive Producer
David Boyd
Cinematographer
Julie Rogers
Film Editor
Peter Cosco
Production Design
Trysha Bakker
Costume Designer
Joseph Vitarelli
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Critic Reviews for Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

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  • Dec 02, 2011
    It's not a movie just for little girls, it is a great history lesson for a lot of people, but it could have been great without the American Girl logo, which made it really embarassing for some guys to go see, but its just an okay movie.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    It's not a movie just for little girls, it is a great history lesson for a lot of people, but it could have been great without the American Girl logo, which made it really embarassing for some guys to go see, but its just an okay movie.
    Jim C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2010
    Kit Kittredge is a kid growing up in the early 1930's when everyone was losing their jobs, and families had to diversify to pay the bills. Kit's family took in boarders which brought a number of interesting characters to the film. This movie is part solve-a-mystery and part Kit-wants-to-be-a-reporter.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2009
    In "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl," 10-year old Kit(Abigail Breslin) dreams of being a reporter, even submitting an article to the local newspaper on the Chicago World's Fair but the editor(Wallace Shawn in the role he was born to play) rejects it, stating that everyone else has already written about it. Since this is 1934, jobs are scarce anyway, and Kit's mother(Julia Ormond) helps out by giving odd jobs around the house to a pair of hoboes. Things get worse when Kit's dad(Chris O'Donnell) loses his car dealership to the bank, forcing him to go to Chicago in search of work, promising to write every week. Kit's mother has no choice but to subdivide the house(but thankfully not Kit's treehouse) in order to rent it out to boarders... Directed by Patricia Rozema, "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" proves the old adage that any movie with a basset hound in it cannot be all bad. In fact, this is a charming and entertaining movie that does not ignore the harsh realities of the time that forced families apart, not the other way around. And a more than capable cast makes up for any holes the otherwise thin story might contain.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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