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Penelope Reviews

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Michael Dequina
August 12, 2012
This quirky, snarky contemporary fairy tale could have been a family blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
May 11, 2010
Penelope suggests that peace comes through character, not cosmetic surgery. In this, it's smarter than Twilight...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Peter Bradshaw
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Turner
October 18, 2008
Watchable but patchy fantasy romance that doesn't quite work, despite strong performances from Ricci and McAvoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
October 18, 2008
A modern-day fairytale, the film is tarted up like a hyperactive five-year-old's lurid fantasy of interior decor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
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.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
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.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 19, 2008
A diligent ensemble can't lift the film to anything higher than a shallow fairy tale with only worthy intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Prairie Miller
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.
Beth Accomando
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Anna Smith
June 25, 2008
Is this meant to be dark comedy? It's hard to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David N. Butterworth
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 16, 2008
A sweet but clumsy fable that's pleasing without being particularly distinguished.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 7, 2008
Produced according to a formula for squeezing the maximum amount of cloying charm out of the minimum investment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 7, 2008
It's Ricci, with her princesslike innocence and Keane-painting eyes, who provides the movie's abundant charm.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
March 7, 2008
Despite Christina Ricci's charming performance, Penelope is trapped in a twilight zone between fairy tales and play-it-safe romantic comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kat Brown
Empire Magazine
March 7, 2008
The convictions of the cast and an extremely snappy script fill in most of the gaps caused by the wobbly plotlines.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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