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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
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tenley Woodman
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
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.
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
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
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 Cornelius
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.
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
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 29, 2008's enjoyable, thanks mainly to Ricci's sweetly poignant performance...
| Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 29, 2008
While uneven, this Ugly Duckling redux is hipper and funnier than a Disney movie, and the positive message to young girls can't be discounted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
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