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Penelope Reviews

March 3, 2008
I think it's a sweet film.
March 2, 2008
A precocious fairy tale made for and starring people too old for whimsy
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
February 29, 2008
The semi-satirical treatment of celebrity culture, as Penelope is treated first as a tabloid sensation then a media darling, is lame and dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 29, 2008
Sweet as gingerbread, Penelope deserves to find an audience; those with a taste for happily-ever-afters should look for it, before it too-quickly disappears.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 29, 2008
Director Palansky and screenwriter Leslie Caveny seem to have many of the right ingredients for creating something beguiling, but the film is, finally, surprisingly pedestrian. What a shame, with all these good performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 29, 2008
The picture has a hapless, meandering quality that's tolerable at first but ultimately becomes maddening, as if it were a cartoon narrative recounted by a distracted 4-year-old.
February 29, 2008
Penelope was in a trough of trouble before the oink on the script was dry.
February 29, 2008
Under Mark Palansky's uninspired direction, magic eludes Penelope in scene after scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 29, 2008
This could have been a perfect choice for the Enchanted set, if only its charms were more than skin-deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 29, 2008
Perhaps the best reason to recommend Penelope is that it offers an opportunity to watch Catherine O'Hara in action as the alarming Mrs. Wilhern.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 29, 2008
It's broadly comic, sweetly sentimental and sharply satirical at times -- particularly when it takes on the concept of celebrity -- and both parents and kids should walk away satisfied if not quite elated.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 29, 2008
This half-baked fairy tale always seems to be on the verge of becoming charming but despite a good cast it never quite succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 29, 2008
The message in Leslie Caveny's script is ultimately too dispiriting a cop-out. This story could have gone in a number of more inspiring allegorical directions but winds up your average bedtime story instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 29, 2008
Cinderella meets The Ugly Duckling in Penelope, a muddled, charm-free fairy tale whose title character is a rich girl born with the snout of a pig.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 28, 2008
Director Palansky is trying for a deft, hip, modern fairy-tale feel, but the odd material, sprawling story, and complicated tonal balancing act get away from him, and the film winds up as a poorly paced tug-of-war between sweet quirk and sloppy camp.
Read More | Original Score: C+
February 28, 2008
Penelope sat unreleased for two years, and no wonder. It's a shambles, so inexpertly timed and clumsily directed by newcomer Mark Palansky that it seems like a first-draft edit of some hopeless, abandoned project.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 28, 2008
More tart than sweet, this contemporary fairy tale provides a worthy vehicle for the fearless Christina Ricci.
February 28, 2008
Aimed at tweenage girls and mushy romantics of all age and stripe, Penelope has a quick gait and a nice comic tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 28, 2008
If only Penelope knew what it truly wished to be and how to go about it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 28, 2008
Is there anything more dull than an ineptly cynical fairy tale?
Full Review | Original Score: F
February 28, 2008
Compared to Juno MacGuff, Penelope Wilhern is practically mute, but they're half-sisters under the skin.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 28, 2008
Anyone willing to tolerate the tortured premise of the story will be paid off handsomely by several winning performances and a moral that makes most of the absurdity worthwhile.
February 28, 2008
There is an underlying sweetness to Penelope, a root-for-her vibe that's only slightly diluted by the predictable story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 28, 2008
Neither a talented cast nor the film's Gaudi-like version of London's urban landscapes can make up for schizophrenic pacing and inexplicable phenomena.
Read More | Original Score: 1/6
February 27, 2008
No offense intended, but a pig snout is very becoming on Christina Ricci.
February 27, 2008
Much as I would like to give Penelope unreserved praise, I can't stretch my lukewarm approbation that far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 27, 2008
What Penelope offers is a terrific cast willing to emphasize the charming, a decent fake nose and a message that any parent would love to pass on to a child -- love yourself and the world will love you back.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2008
For a film that is basically about a hip, New Wave fairy princess, Penelope has both old-fashioned charm and a freshly modern approach to the subject of media manipulation and celebrity culture.
February 27, 2008
Ricci is appealingly human, and some acknowledgement of the importance of female friendship, in addition to romance, is faintly touching.
February 21, 2008
Director Mark Palansky wishes he was Tim Burton. So will you, because even with producer Reese Witherspoon showing up in a cameo, Penelope is dead on arrival.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 15, 2006
Charming, low-key fable with sly modern twists.
September 13, 2006
The whimsical ugly-duckling fable becomes more uneven as it proceeds, straining too hard to manufacture its quirky charms.