88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A high-spirited charmer, a fantasy that sparkles with delights.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The hoot and giggle of a girl-power fairy tale blended from potions of ''Monty Python,'' ''Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,'' and ''Shrek.''
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
As an alternative to the slick, instantly forgettable fare usually made for kids and preteens, Ella Enchanted brings a little bit of magic to the multiplex.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The movie doesn't aspire to be art, merely to entertain adolescent girls, which is practically guaranteed by the luminous presence of Anne Hathaway.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
The movie's computer-generated castles, magic visuals and sloppy effects echo a low-budget fantasy movie on cable. It's glossy, shiny candy that tastes oddly familiar yet lacks sugary punch.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Hathaway may be in a royal rut, but the tiara seems to fit.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Too bad the filmmakers didn't trust the material. For Ella doesn't need music and references to other, better, movies to cast its unique spell.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It has a few moments of fun and whimsy, but it lacks the joyous spirit and intelligent humor of the children's novel on which it's based.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Nothing un-beguiles a fairy tale more than forced whimsy and labored magic, which is precisely what plagues Ella Enchanted.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The producers of Ella Enchanted probably assume, correctly, that many more kids haven't read the book than have, and they're out to give that audience a slick, shallow good time.
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53 out of 100
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