Penelope 2006

Penelope

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Though Penelope has a charming cast and an appealing message, it ultimately suffers from faulty narrative and sloppy direction.

54%

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Born with the snout of a pig, young Penelope Wilhern (Christina Ricci) spends life a virtual prisoner in her home. Believing that the only way to break the curse is to marry one of her own kind, she meets a number of suitors, but all reject her. Two devious men, one with a grudge against the family, hire a man (James McAvoy) to pose as a suitor, but complications arise when he begins to fall in love with Penelope, and she makes a bid for freedom.

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Critic Reviews for Penelope

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (59)

Audience Reviews for Penelope

  • Dec 10, 2014
    Christina Ricci and James McAvoy starred in this modern fairy tale about Penelope who was born with the curse of a pig snout, her parents believed the only way to break the curse is for her to marry another "blue blood" After many failed attempts, a happy go lucky guy decided to sneak a photo of Penelope to pay for his gambling addiction and eventually found her inner beauty, will he be the one to save her? Penelope had an unusual cast from veteran actors, Ricci was simply adorable and McAvoy fitted his role perfectly. It was also nice to see Woods and Dinklage. But Witherspoon, why even was her in the film, her character had no point in the plot at all and only appeared for less than 10 minutes. Aside from the uneven writing, some of the gags were unfunny, the emotions just seemed way to exaggerated and I felt like Witherspoon was reading her lines. Overall Penelope offered a cute story with a good moral lesson but the script and direction were its ultimate disappointment.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2014
    It seems a bit ridiculous that a pig nose could cause people to cringe in horror and jump out of windows (especially considering the amount of ugly people in this world), but this decent little fable-like comedy has a sweet moral message and makes the best of a simple idea.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2010
    It definitely lulled in the middle and a few other parts. But it was still a cutey. I love fairy tales and love, so this was some winners. Plus James McAvoy is crazy fucking hot. So yummy. And Catherine O'Hara is genius always and forever.
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2010
    Burtonesque fairy tale about a girl who has a piggy nose. Very nice flick from a promising director and a perfect ending with a Sigur Ros song.
    Serdar C Super Reviewer

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