83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This charming, if unnecessarily coronation-length production gets the duckling-to-swan ambivalence just right.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Loren King
Manages to wring some originality out of its fairy-tale plot. This freshness compensates for the expected hackneyed qualities in this Cinderella tale.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Entertaining and pleasing for children and parents, and not in the schizophrenic way of most kid's movies, which toss naughty in-jokes over the kiddies' heads.
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75

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Isn't always perfect. But it fills an empty spot in the hearts of girls of all ages who have been pining all summer for a movie like this.
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63

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
A mixed bag with a huge amount of heart.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The extent to which The Princess Diaries succeeds is the result of how pretty Hathaway at first mimics, then internalizes, Andrews' essential majesty.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Prepubescent girls might get a few safe giggles while others around them are yawning.
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50

Boston Globe

Unfortunately, the filmmakers seem to have forgotten that comedy is a requisite feature in a comedy.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Goes on much too long, stretching a modest story into a marathon that outlasts its welcome by about 30 minutes.
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50

Miami Herald

If Andrews oozes regal poise and Hathaway radiates movie star allure -- and they do -- credit the actresses, not this flimsy fairy tale.
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52 out of 100
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