Miss Potter


Miss Potter

Critics Consensus

A charming biopic that maintains its sweetness even in sadder moments.



Total Count: 127


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This biography of children's author Beatrix Potter explores how she overcame a domineering mother and the chauvinism of Victorian England to become a best-selling author.

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All Critics (127) | Top Critics (45)

  • Miss Potter is as seamless, comfortable and tidy as a Peter Rabbit story, all scones and biscuits, quietly punctuated by tolerable naughtiness.

    Mar 9, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • One of those films that commits few egregious errors, but scales few real heights. There is nothing either terribly wrong or keenly right about it. It's tidy, I suppose.

    Mar 9, 2007 | Rating: C
  • If the source material is soft, the film then takes another punch with the casting of Renée Zellweger in the title role. She overflows with tics and twitches that make the author seem vaguely deranged.

    Mar 8, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • With Miss Potter, Renee Zellweger has won back that precious thing that stardom rips away and the tabloids won't let you reclaim: her charm.

    Mar 8, 2007 | Rating: 5/5
  • Unbearably, the script accommodates a quaking courtship between the slightly dotty Potter and her devoted young publisher, ho exchange romantic byplay such as, "You and rabbits -- extraordinary!" and "I recently remembered a story...about a duck!"

    Feb 3, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • A grave disappointment.

    Jan 16, 2007

Audience Reviews for Miss Potter

  • May 20, 2014
    I've always considered Renée Zellweger to be average actress. She's talented, but she's picked many questionable projects that simple didn't have any resonance with me. However, with Miss Potter, a biography drama film on the life of children author Bellatrix Potter ranks as her finest piece of work of her career. With an entertaining, rich story, the film is a well paced picture that is engaging from the first moment right up to end. Zellwegger does some great work here, and of all her films that I have seen of hers, this is her best. She brings a certain charm to her role, and makes it her own and it adds so much depth to overall film that it's easy to forget its flaws. With that being said, the film falls short of what it could have been, as it's a film that is a bit too short. I would love to have seen a longer film of Bellatrix Potter's life, and that's where the film doesn't quite get there. The film tries to add so much content into its run time that some important details of her life are never mentioned. However, Zellwegger's performance is what makes this film so good, and her chemistry that she has with actor Ewan McGregor is quite good, and throughout the film there's a feel atmosphere that really stands out in the film. I quite loved the film, and this one really surprised and I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Aside from its short run time, and the fact they add too much material, which kind of makes the film a bit uneven, overall Miss Potter is a very good movie, one that is a surprising drama that is definitely worth seeing.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2010
    Beatrix Potter! Yay! Five stars

    Renée Zellweger, no stars, They must've cast around for a good actress and then when no one called . . . Read the Potter stories and forget this borat.

    How long? How long? How long can Zellweger get acting jobs? Freakin A unbelievable . . .

    Lanning : Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2010
    I have to admit I did tear up in this film, so it must have been doing something right. I did like Zellweger's character, the whole film is set up so who can feel for her. While it might not be the greatest film ever, it was nice and cute.
    Marion R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2009
    Charming, moving biopic drama with elements of comedy and romance, vividly presenting the colorful enchantment inside Beatrix Potter's mind. Renée Zellweger plays Beatrix as dreamy, exquisitely sensitive, yet oddly focused in a beautiful characterization, Ewan McGregor never more winning or endearing.
    hawk l Super Reviewer

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