Penelope Reviews

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August 12, 2012
This quirky, snarky contemporary fairy tale could have been a family blockbuster.
May 11, 2010
Penelope suggests that peace comes through character, not cosmetic surgery. In this, it's smarter than Twilight...
October 18, 2008
I can truthfully say that watching this abysmal fantasy-comedy is less rewarding than being slapped across the face with a large wet fish.
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
Watchable but patchy fantasy romance that doesn't quite work, despite strong performances from Ricci and McAvoy.
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
A modern-day fairytale, the film is tarted up like a hyperactive five-year-old's lurid fantasy of interior decor.
August 29, 2008
Visually stylish, what might have been a cute fantasy becomes tedious due to its banal script and a relentless overload of pig-jokes.
July 22, 2008
It's too bad that the second half turned out to be a drag, because I very much enjoyed the first half.
July 19, 2008
A diligent ensemble can't lift the film to anything higher than a shallow fairy tale with only worthy intentions.
July 12, 2008
With only a DNA witch's curse pig's snout compromising Ricci's otherwise exceedingly alluring physical assets, it doesn't make a lick of sense that prospective suitors are jumping out of windows after catching a glimpse of her disfigured beak.
July 9, 2008
Penelope is adorable and easy to watch thanks to the charms of its leads Ricci and McAvoy. But it's too much a mainstream Hollywood product and not enough of a spunky indie spirit to really win audiences over.
June 25, 2008
Is this meant to be dark comedy? It's hard to tell.
May 22, 2008
Penelope is a sweet trifle, a great kid's movie, and not surprising, given its subject matter a film gay audiences will find familiar and comforting. That's because, more than anything, this is a story of acceptance of one's true self.
May 1, 2008
It's not eccentric enough to be as otherworldly as it wants to be, but it's too self-consciously quirky to perform on its own merits.
April 2, 2008
Maybe I've got some subconscious porcine fetish thing going (or something) but I think Christina Ricci looks kind of cute with a pig's snout where her nose should be...
March 16, 2008
A sweet but clumsy fable that's pleasing without being particularly distinguished.
March 9, 2008
After I saw the intriguing trailers that trailed off a couple years back, I wondered why this movie was wallowing somewhere on a shelf.I'm still not sure. Although I do know one thing: Had this been a Christmas-time release, it would have been seen by lot
March 7, 2008
Produced according to a formula for squeezing the maximum amount of cloying charm out of the minimum investment.
March 7, 2008
It's Ricci, with her princesslike innocence and Keane-painting eyes, who provides the movie's abundant charm.
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