Kit Kittredge: An American Girl


Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

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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.



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Producer Julia Roberts brings the American Girl brand to the big screen for the very first time with this inspirational tale concerning a nine-year-old girl named Kit Kittredge (Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin) growing up during the Great Depression. Though the American Girls have previously appeared on the small screen in Samantha: An American Girl Holiday, Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, and Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front, Kit's adventure marks the very first major theatrical endeavor for the characters created by author Valerie Tripp. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Abigail Breslin
as Margaret Mildred "Kit" Kittredge
Chris O'Donnell
as Jack Kittredge
Julia Ormond
as Margaret Kittredge
Stanley Tucci
as Mr. Berk
Glenne Headly
as Mrs. Howard
Jane Krakowski
as Miss Dooley
Max Thieriot
as Will Shepherd
Wallace Shawn
as Mr. Gibson
Joan Cusack
as Miss Bond
Madison Davenport
as Ruthie Smithins
Willow Smith
as Countee
Zach Mills
as Stirling Howard
Colin Mochrie
as Mr. Pennington
Brieanne Jansen
as Frances Stone
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Critic Reviews for Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (32)

It's hard to dislike a tween picture that opens with Eleanor Roosevelt, but if explaining mortgage meltdowns to their tots doesn't sent parents screaming, the performances will.

Jul 4, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A gently thoughtful, audience-appropriate entertainment that assembles swell actors to play colorful characters who don't shy away from depicting serious hard times.

Jul 3, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The tweener girls for whom it is aimed deserve better. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Jul 2, 2008 | Full Review…

This classy, heart-on-its-sleeve movie is packed with laudable life lessons and Depression-era trivia.

Jul 2, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5

This is a sweet, G-rated story of 1930s girl power, with nary a princess in sight.

Jul 2, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

Kit Kittredge is proof of how far you can get with the right screenwriter -- in this instance one versed in Children's Adventures 101 -- and director.

Jul 2, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

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 Careter
Jim Careter

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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 Lats
Red Lats

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Isn't interested in portraying the grim lifestyles of the Depression but rather creates a faux-American Girl doll populated imitation of one. This movie aims more to remind me of the doll confections if anything else. But it's cute and family friendly and all that. Thesps Joan Cusack and Stanley Tucci are over-the-top and FUN. And Abigail Breslin is incredibly adorable and natural.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Once again, we have another film from under the radar that is a nice watch for the entire family. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl has a little bit of everything. Actually, it doesn't have robots, military soldiers, spaceships, monsters ... you get the picture.

The story is a little deceiving. At first glance it seems like this movie will be about Kit Kittredge becoming a reporter for the Cincinnati Register. It is about that, but the main focus is on a crime investigation, which makes this story more like a mystery.

An interesting fact about the story is that "Hobos" are a big part of it. The movie does show how they are seen in the Great Depression years.

The story doesn't actually fly by, but it isn't necessarily a slow burn either. There are a good variety of characters to watch and the younger ones tend to liven up the picture. This flick also gets most of the emotional drama out of the way in the earlier parts before having it return for a happy ending, a happy ending, and another happy ending.

Abigal Breslin has already proven that she can carry a film and this one is no exception. All the supporting actors fit in as well. Some of these include Joan Cusack, Chris O'Donnell, Julia Ormond, Jane Krakowski, and Stanley Tucci. Even Colin Mochrie is up to par.

This is not just a movie for kids as adults will find this just as enjoyable. Don't be ashamed to spend 100 minutes of your life with this film.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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