Miss Potter Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
January 5, 2007
The overall effect is a solid one-hour love story followed by a dramatized Wikipedia entry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 4, 2007
Although Zellweger strains a bit too hard at being eccentric, [Ewan] McGregor is entrancingly valorous playing opposite her.
January 4, 2007
A scenic, well-behaved account of Potter's life and times.
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.
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.
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 30, 2006
The film is a guaranteed tearjerker, but more than that, an uplifting tribute to a single woman's quest for independence that would surely make Bridget Jones blush.
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.
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.
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