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Miss Potter Reviews

November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 17, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 9, 2007
Miss Potter is as seamless, comfortable and tidy as a Peter Rabbit story, all scones and biscuits, quietly punctuated by tolerable naughtiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: C
March 8, 2007
The film offers scant insight into the forces that inspired Potter's phenomenally successful career.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 8, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 8, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
February 3, 2007
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!"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
January 16, 2007
A grave disappointment.
January 12, 2007
The thinness shows -- there isn't much of a story. Beatrix starts out as a feisty, idiosyncratic, talented gal and, save for a momentary lapse after a brush with tragedy, remains so right to the end of the bunny trail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
January 10, 2007
Miss Potter, right to the end, is the definition of a nice movie, and that makes it a genuine oddball in a universe of increasingly distressed and uncivilized pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 10, 2007
I found it slight but enchanting, which is not the same thing as slightly enchanting.
January 8, 2007
The story really grows on you and it's very sweet and it's beautiful to look at.
January 8, 2007
If the movie is respectful and factually informative, it's also tightly corseted -- in dramatic terms.
January 8, 2007
It will certainly play well with older audiences and the kind of adolescent girls who draw faces in their O's.
January 8, 2007
Feels more lightweight than it should and simultaneously not magical enough.
January 6, 2007
The film's wholesome, freshly scrubbed tedium suggests literary history drained of life and preserved in formaldehyde.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 5, 2007
The uncertain rhythms and stresses of the piece suggest that they didn't know whether they were making a romance, a biography or a bedtime story. Miss Potter is all three, of course. And all are very engaging -- and happily G-rated.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 5, 2007
All-too-tasteful film, which is apparently aimed at mothers and daughters with far too much time on their hands.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
January 5, 2007
It's a soft-focus picture of a woman who, surely, had a few more hard edges, but it's a thoroughly pleasant escape to another world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2007
Was Potter really the way Renée Zellweger plays her here? Let's hope so. Dreamy, exquisitely sensitive and yet oddly focused, it's a beautiful characterization.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
January 5, 2007
Known in the United States for her whimsical books, Potter was an ecological champion in the United Kingdom. The film touches on this, but mostly it's a tender tale about yearning hearts and courageous idealism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2007
Despite Noonan's balancing social friction and fantasy, Miss Potter entrances and delights throughout. It's a beautifully made fairy tale with roots in reality, and all the more satisfying as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 5, 2007
Miss Potter is the first movie to be directed by Chris Noonan since Babe, and it has a similar intelligence and grace. Noonan uses the device of having the illustrated animals offer commentary judiciously.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2007
The twee romance was too much for me.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 4, 2007
Although Zellweger strains a bit too hard at being eccentric, [Ewan] McGregor is entrancingly valorous playing opposite her.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 4, 2007
A scenic, well-behaved account of Potter's life and times.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 4, 2007
Ultimately, we're won over by Beatrix's story. Hers was, as Richard Griffiths says of Thomas Hardy in The History Boys, 'a saddish life, but not an unappreciated one.' Even more appreciated now, thanks to this honest, unassuming little film.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 4, 2007
A bit paint-by-numbers, not to torture a pun out of all this, but when the story of Beatrix Potter, spinster book author and happenstance feminist, eventually does take shape, it is an emotionally and even politically potent story.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2007
Its old-fashioned sincerity ultimately proves disarming. Sweet but not cloying, it's a heartening portrait of goodness surmounting the odds.
December 29, 2006
It is a lovely film for the holiday season, as well as afterward, and is reminiscent of Finding Neverland, without the darker undercurrents. Zellweger does a fine job of fleshing out the plucky character despite the occasional simper.
December 29, 2006
The love story is beautifully constructed. There's some sentimentality here, but [director Chris] Noonan is careful not to take it too far and to avoid overplaying the audience's emotional chords.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2006
The movie is redeemed by excellent performances. McGregor, in particular, lights up the film, and in her scenes with him, when she is not forced to interact with watercolor rabbits, Zellweger seems to wake up from a long, cranky nap.
December 29, 2006
The movie pulls off a neat trick, using animation to show how, when Potter is alone with her animal creations, they leap around on the page or wink at her with unapologetic cheekiness. They're alive, and they're in charge.
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.
December 20, 2006
Unfortunately, much of the pic suggests a quality family film that could have been directed by dozens of other pros.
December 19, 2006
Tepid biopic of children's book author Beatrix Potter.
Top Critic
December 11, 2006
...An honorable and curiously winning film.