Kit Kittredge: An American Girl - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Reviews

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Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 19, 2008
[I continue] to cling stubbornly to the dowdy notion that kids deserve better than a sugarcoated portrait of our past or, for that matter, our present.
Edward Douglas
June 17, 2008
Younger girls will probably love Kit's antics and their parents won't find it too painful an experience, but it's still only a serviceable and fairly mediocre family film at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Heather Huntington
September 2, 2008
Mostly, Kit Kittredge is exactly what you'd expect -- a treacle-sweet, simplistic story about maintaining a stiff upper lip in the face of adversity, keeping your family together, and not judging a book by its cover.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 2, 2008
The tweener girls for whom it is aimed deserve better. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 3, 2008
The story isn't bad and it has a good message, but the pacing drains all of the energy and fun out of what could have been an exceptional family movie.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
June 19, 2008
Quick -- name three subjects you think would result in a surefire family film hit. If you said The Great Depression, hobo culture, and the social pariah realities of both, you'll love this movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
June 19, 2008
Kit Kittredge is hopelessly vanilla entertainment, and while it's sure to please some matinee attendees, it's going to feel like a demonic endurance ritual to the less inclined.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 19, 2008
What could have been an oasis of quiet, thought provoking nostalgia turns out to be an utter bore. Yes, it's family friendly but it's also entertainment exterminating.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 19, 2008
The packaging looks good for the most part. But there's still some assembly required.
Matt Pais
June 19, 2008
Cheesier than the macaroni viewers ate before the movie, and makes you wonder why so many non-Pixar, G-rated movies talk at their demo instead of to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 3, 2008
Its realism is Hollywood at its most hokey.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 7, 2008
The movie would be more interesting if it weren't photographed in the amber glow we associate with Kodak commercials and other happily-ever-after exercises in nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dustin Putman
July 2, 2008
Paved with such good intentions that it's a shame to have to criticize it. Alas, said good intentions cannot stop the picture from being a decidedly dull and eventless experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
July 4, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Larsen
June 20, 2008
Why do so many family films think their young audiences are imbecilic?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
July 2, 2008
Kit Kittredge is a dutiful bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 19, 2008
It's all message, no tension.
| Original Score: C-
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
July 1, 2008
Breslin keeps her cool and anchors the film in reality each time the camera crosses her face, but she fights a losing battle.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
July 2, 2008
Kit Kittredge is, as her movie and doll-line assert, An American Girl, and so she'll need to face up to her national history, embrace her responsibility, and learn a useful life lesson to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
July 2, 2008
With all the good will in the world, I couldn't warm up to Kit Kittredge. The movie is like a 1930s or 1940s short about Americans pulling together, stretched out to feature length.
| Original Score: C
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