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Penelope Reviews

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Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
March 6, 2008
Penelope isn't really suitable for anyone. It's a boar.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brent Simon
FilmStew.com
March 6, 2008
The success of Juno has re-set the bar for whimsical tales of headstrong, intelligent young women grappling with life difficulties.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 5, 2008
An adult fairy tale that is badly hobbled by its uncreative handling of its theme of finding one's true self.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 5, 2008
A film of some ragged charm -- and one in which there's always something cool to look at in design and filmmaking style. And that's more than a lot of movies can claim.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
March 5, 2008
A neat modern fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 4, 2008
'Penelope' is a sweet film that I rather enjoyed. It never hurts to be reminded that we should all be happy with who we are.
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David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 4, 2008
This film had the potential to be much more heartfelt, but the silly antics in the beginning, and the cool approach of the parents towards their "ugly daughter" undermine the poignancy that the filmmakers were obviously shooting for in the end.
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David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
March 4, 2008
Just downright lovely, a gorgeous fairy tale for children and grown-ups alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 3, 2008
The material is flawed, to be sure, but the story is less predictable than you would guess and it exudes an easy-going wit.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 3, 2008
I think it's a sweet film.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
March 3, 2008
Okay, so she's got a snout, but it's far from Rocky Dennis or John Merrick levels of grotesque.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
March 2, 2008
There's absolutely nothing wrong with the film, but it's just not strong enough to be a real winner either.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
March 2, 2008
How can a movie with this premise and this cast be so mercilessly dull and stupid?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
March 2, 2008
A precocious fairy tale made for and starring people too old for whimsy
Full Review | Original Score: C
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 2, 2008
'What makes us different makes us beautiful,' touts the film's promo blurb. Good thought, but do any of the characters in 'Penelope' ever believe it? For sure this is a different film, but beautifully executed it is not.
Full Review| Original Score: D
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
March 2, 2008
the girl's ungainly snout is the only unique feature in this otherwise textbook fantasy.
| Original Score: 2/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 1, 2008
A grim fairy tale at times, Penelope eventually lands in crowd-pleaser territory.
| Original Score: 3/4
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
March 1, 2008
Penelope's brilliant cast carries the audience through of the film's minor iniquities and gives us a charming and delightful myth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
February 29, 2008
With some fine-tuning, Penelope might have been transformed into a winning little fable about accepting and loving oneself. As is, it only serves to remind of what could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
February 29, 2008
Just another stab at modern fantasy with some fatal filmmaking flaws that are all-too-real.
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