Penelope Reviews

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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
Watchable but patchy fantasy romance that doesn't quite work, despite strong performances from Ricci and McAvoy.
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.
June 25, 2008
Is this meant to be dark comedy? It's hard to tell.
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 7, 2008
Produced according to a formula for squeezing the maximum amount of cloying charm out of the minimum investment.
March 6, 2008
Penelope isn't really suitable for anyone. It's a boar.
March 6, 2008
The success of Juno has re-set the bar for whimsical tales of headstrong, intelligent young women grappling with life difficulties.
March 5, 2008
An adult fairy tale that is badly hobbled by its uncreative handling of its theme of finding one's true self.
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.
March 3, 2008
Okay, so she's got a snout, but it's far from Rocky Dennis or John Merrick levels of grotesque.
March 2, 2008
There's absolutely nothing wrong with the film, but it's just not strong enough to be a real winner either.
March 2, 2008
How can a movie with this premise and this cast be so mercilessly dull and stupid?
March 2, 2008
A precocious fairy tale made for and starring people too old for whimsy
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