A Cinderella Story
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Cute but geeky high-school student Samantha Martin (Hilary Duff) is knocked off her feet by her father's untimely death, which leaves his diner and Samantha's well-being in the care of Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge), Sam's thoroughly wicked stepmother. Not one to take on such menial tasks as dishwashing and mopping floors, Fiona exploits Sam's dependence as a method of hoisting any dirty work off her own shoulders. School is hardly a break for Samantha, particularly when Shelby (Julie Gonzalo) is around; spoiled, wealthy, and popular, Shelby treats Samantha nearly as badly as Fiona… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A Cinderella Story doesn't break any new ground, but it's a well-acted little breeze of a film -- perfect if you're a 12-year-old girl."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Desperately conceived by even the most insipid standards of contemporary teen-queen cinema."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Funny and sweet update of the Cinderella story."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Charles Perrault must be spinning in his grave."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Rather than anything original or humorous or, heaven forbid, romantic developing from this fable, we get only tired clichés and worn-out stereotypes."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Let me get quickly to the word that best describes this movie. It is horrible."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Give this wannabe Cinderella a big Bibbitti Bobbitti Boo."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"The movie will wash over adolescent female audiences who don't know any better like melted Brie on 110-degree asphalt, but for the rest of us it's a grueling waste of time."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"I took a friend's 10-year-old daughter to see the film, and she found it 'too childish.' And who am I to argue with a member of this film's target audience?"
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"A benign, whimsical semblance of its namesake fairy tale."
‑ Mark Collette, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"You can say of this movie, truly, that they took the most famous tale in the world and broke it."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Duff is cute and chirpy; Murray is cute and bland, and the stepsisters squabble a lot. Ho-hum."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Duff has yet another brainless movie to add to her repertoire."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"'A Cinderella Story' makes so many good chocies, you wish you could like it more than you do."
‑ Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Mercury
"A couple of cruel stepsisters are thrown in to push the Cinderella angle, but their asinine antics merely highlight first-time screenwriter Leigh Dunlap's stunning lack of talent and imagination."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
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