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The Secret of Moonacre Reviews

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Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 25, 2011
Enchanting fantasy turns teen into sweet, selfless princess.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Porter
Times (UK)
February 12, 2009
Richards starred in 2007's The Golden Compass and, compared with big-budget fantasies of that kind, this smaller effort can't help looking mimsy, despite its good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 12, 2009
A film about magic that remains obdurately unmagical.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 10, 2009
A sluggish narrative is further hampered by "comic" turns (Juliet Stevenson, as a gurning governess) and some frankly shameless knockoffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
February 10, 2009
Routine special effects merely add to the impression that this is a second division fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 6, 2009
A sweet if faintly soporific fantasy adventure for family audiences.
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
February 6, 2009
This whimsical children's tale is uninspired yet doesn't drop far enough below mediocrity to justify a place in the lineup of "so-bad-they're-good" movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
February 6, 2009
Fantasy doesn't come feebler than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
February 6, 2009
It's a slow-moving affair with wooden acting, duff special effects and some woefully unfunny comic moments from Tim Curry as an undersized chef. All in all, the thing's severely lacking in magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

The Sun (UK)
February 6, 2009
The Secret Of Moonacre lacks action, adventure and magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Helen O'Hara
Empire Magazine
February 5, 2009
Whilst missing a trick in terms of script and casting, at least they've amped up the action from the somewhat sedate book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 5, 2009
Nicely put together, but just a little dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
February 5, 2009
It's not quite a disaster but this disappointing and poorly executed fantasy adventure never reaches the level of magic and enchantment it needs to succeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
February 5, 2009
Apart from some wooden over-acting, The Secret of Moonacre is a shrewd mix of live action and exotic animation by the Hungarian director Gabor Csupo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
February 5, 2009
The cast looks vaguely uncomfortable too. Even shameless scenery-chewer Curry can't muster any enthusiasm for an over-earnest script that throws around pearls of non-wisdom like moondust.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Charity
Total Film
February 5, 2009
The costumes are beautiful. The sets are impressive... But somehow the movie feels cheap and malnourished, as if the money ran out when they were only halfway there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
February 5, 2009
The production design gives us plenty for the eye but a dull screenplay and patchy editing hardly bring the fantasy to life.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 5, 2009
Poorly written, badly acted and ultimately disappointing fantasy adventure that suffers from plodding direction and fails to connect on an emotional level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
February 5, 2009
It's been adapted from a kids' book called The Little White Horse, and the plot's been totally mangled. But to be fair, the costumes are great.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 5, 2009
Without a coherent central tone, this fantasy adventure feels like it drifts all over the place
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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