The Princess Diaries Reviews

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November 14, 2019
Do Queen Clarisse and Joe succeed with their fair lady? Does Mia accept her destiny? Does she get her Prince Charming? Come on! This is Hollywood. This is Garry Marshall. This is a fairytale. This is once-upon-a-time. This is as good as it gets.
May 1, 2011
This fairy tale, which feels as if it were made in the 1960s, deatures a star-making performance from the child-actress Anne Hathaway
December 28, 2010
Terrific fun for girls and their families, too.
July 19, 2009
The unexpected rewards of director Garry Marshall's ("Beaches") latest spin on the well-worn Pygmalion fairy tale are numerous.
March 9, 2009
This Cinderella fantasy transforms a geek into a princess, and teaches a few life lessons along the way.
March 9, 2009
That this failed is largely down to the stilted, clichd dialogue of the screenplay; fans of the wittier novel by Meg Cabot may well be disappointed.
August 7, 2008
Marshall milks the San Francisco scenery for all it's worth, but is all thumbs when it comes to squeezing the full comic possibilities of the story...
December 30, 2006
A light, uneven Pygmalion story that may win young girls over with its wish fulfilment theme and teen movie staples, but does not live up to the expectations created by the cast and director.
February 9, 2006
Notions of responsibility, surrogacy, rites of passage and the value of friendship are gone through, but the highlighting of modern tropes merely serves to emphasise the film's conventionality.
December 6, 2005
One of the most delightful and touching comedies to grace the big-screen in years that features no swearing, no sex, no violence, no drugs -- and no dull moments.
July 21, 2005
Screenwriter Gina Wendkos, working from Meg Cabot's novel, resorts to monotonous movie clichs: almost uniformly cruel classmates and a callous, cacophonous mob of media jackals.
August 21, 2004
...doesn't hold much appeal for those outside its target audience.
August 13, 2004
August 18, 2003
These diaries have too many dull pages and not enough juicy bits to keep you interested.
March 10, 2003
It's a cozy message for young girls, even if it's couched in a predictable plot that is pure Disney.
February 8, 2003
Despite the hackneyed quality of the pretext, nice performances save this film from itself.
October 30, 2002
What starts as a feel-good movie quickly degenerates into a feel-bored movie, not least because at two hours it's at least thirty minutes too long.
August 17, 2002
It's an absolute credit to the cast that The Princess Diaries has charm at all.
August 2, 2002
It's another movie where teenage girls look like a bunch of unfeeling idiots or worse.
June 20, 2002
Garry Marshall directs with the same fairy tale charm he gave "Pretty Woman," but without the disturbing prostitution angle.
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