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
A modern-day fairytale, the film is tarted up like a hyperactive five-year-old's lurid fantasy of interior decor.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 29, 2008
This could have been a perfect choice for the Enchanted set, if only its charms were more than skin-deep.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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