What a Girl Wants Synopsis
A teen (Amanda Bynes) meets her estranged father (Colin Firth) in London.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In her sassy but scrubbed way, Bynes is a real charmer, and What a Girl Wants is a likable throwaway.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
There's nothing wrong with fairy tales, but they don't have to be formulaic. A movie like this would have benefited from a blending of the...
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

Designed as the ideal confection to attract a young girl or teen, What a Girl Wants will more likely hook their mothers.
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50

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
It's a cheery, impossible fantasy.
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50

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
It's not that What a Girl Wants is dreadful; it's merely slapdash, wildly inconsistent in tone and style, and mind-numbingly predictable in...
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is clearly intended for girls between the ages of 9 and 15, and for the more civilized of their brothers, and isn't of much use...
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's slick girlie stuff, but the cast makes it go down easy.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Dreadful teen comedy with a "Cinderella" theme.
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25

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Irritating wish-fulfillment movie.
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20

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Young audiences may welcome this movie, but girls, and boys, should want more.
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More Info

Rated PG | For Mild Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Too-cute with a few iffy moments, but tweens will eat it up.
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