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Miss Potter Reviews

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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
December 28, 2006
Blackness may have lurked within the Potter heart, but you'd never know it from Miss Potter, which shifts the burden of ill humor onto the authoress's petit-bourgeois mother.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 5, 2007
This attractive, superficial stab at biography, with Renée Zellweger in the title role, is more concerned with a lonely woman's quest for acceptance and love than with an author's worldly achievements.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 19, 2006
Tepid biopic of children's book author Beatrix Potter.
Eric D. Snider
January 30, 2007
Even the extremely simple 'Peter Rabbit' has more going on than this.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 8, 2007
Feels more lightweight than it should and simultaneously not magical enough.
Peter Sobczynski
January 20, 2007
A seriously disjointed biopic on Potter's personal and professional life that desperately yearns to be another Finding Neverland but winds up as an anemic nothing of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
March 21, 2007
Something of a muddle....The level of social criticism and psychological portraiture shifts from Howard's End to Mary Poppins.
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
March 17, 2007
Enchanting, perhaps, but a long, long way from meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Pais
January 4, 2007
The film's spirit isn't terribly playful, and any real conflict is buried deeper than Peter Rabbit's carrots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Koehler
December 20, 2006
Unfortunately, much of the pic suggests a quality family film that could have been directed by dozens of other pros.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 5, 2007
This film is the cinematic equivalent of a delicate English tea cake whose substance is buried under too many layers of icing.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 5, 2007
Mostly, though, Miss Potter turns the solemn comedy of her books and illustrations into mere whimsy, animating Jemima Puddle-duck into cartoon life whenever Beatrix talks to her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 5, 2007
The overall effect is a solid one-hour love story followed by a dramatized Wikipedia entry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 5, 2007
The photography is as pretty as a Potter watercolor. The style is as stiff as one of her own tiny hardbound books. Half an hour in, and you start looking about in vain for Farmer MacGregor's shotgun.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 5, 2007
All-too-tasteful film, which is apparently aimed at mothers and daughters with far too much time on their hands.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 8, 2007
If the movie is respectful and factually informative, it's also tightly corseted -- in dramatic terms.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 12, 2007
Miss Potter gives us only the bedtime version of the Beatrix Potter story, perhaps appropriately so given the subject matter and target audience, which will likely be captivated by the film's undemanding narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 9, 2007
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.
| Original Score: C
Chris Cabin
December 28, 2006
Missing that childlike love for nature and animals that Beatrix must have had, and in turn, forgets what it's like to have an imagination.
| Original Score: 2/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 5, 2007
Labors mightily to present world-famous children's author Beatrix Potter as a preternaturally free spirit.
| Original Score: 2/4
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

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Sydney Morning Herald
January 26, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 10, 2007
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