This Beautiful Fantastic

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A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the unlikely of friendship between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children's book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay) is a beautifully quirky young woman who dreams of writing and illustrating a successful children's book. When she is forced by her landlord to deal with her neglected garden or face eviction, she meets her nemesis, match and mentor in Alfie Stephenson (Tom Wilkinson), a grumpy, loveless, rich old man who lives next door and happens to be an amazing horticulturalist.

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  • Depending on how you take your twee - sparingly or, as is the case in this preciously concocted tale of English misfits, slathered like marmalade over a crumpet - it will either delight or quickly cloy.

    Mar 16, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A charming, beautifully photographed modern fairy tale about love and gardening, This Beautiful Fantastic is worth seeing in spite of its dumb deterrent of a title.

    Mar 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • A very low-stakes fairy tale, wrapped in a strained garden metaphor.

    Mar 10, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Aboud ... works some obvious parallels as he tells the story of a timid young woman, her cranky old neighbor and the garden that separates them, but enjoyable performances keep the tale from becoming too heavy-handed.

    Mar 9, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Far too precious and eager to please to really deserve its self-description as a fairy tale.

    Mar 8, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Like its title, with those synonymous adjectives, Simon Aboud's film strings together a story that strains to be charming while actually being immediately predictable.

    Mar 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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