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Miss Potter (2007)

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

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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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Cast

Renée Zellweger
as Beatrix Potter
Ewan McGregor
as Norman Warne
Emily Watson
as Millie Warne
Bill Paterson
as Rupert Potter
Barbara Flynn
as Helen Potter
Lloyd Owen
as William Heelis
Matyelok Gibbs
as Miss Wiggin
Anton Lesser
as Harold Warne
David Bamber
as Fruing Warne
Phyllida Law
as Mrs. Warne
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Critic Reviews for Miss Potter

All Critics (126) | Top Critics (44)

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

March 9, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Denver Post
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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.

March 9, 2007 | Rating: C
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The film offers scant insight into the forces that inspired Potter's phenomenally successful career.

March 8, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

March 8, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5
Arizona Republic
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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.

March 8, 2007 | Rating: 5/5
Orlando Sentinel
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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!"

February 3, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Miss Potter

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 roy
Alex roy

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Charming drama about children's author Beatrice Potter's life. An intelligent child who has great talent for drawing and writing about creatures. She becomes a successful author in a stuffy Victorian England. She is secretly engaged to her editor and first love who becomes ill. She gains independence through her writing. Delightful family movie. Great cast and story.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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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 . . .

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