A Little Princess
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A privileged, free-spirited young girl tries to adapt to life in a strict boarding school in this charming, critically acclaimed children's fantasy. Adapting a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, also the author of The Secret Garden, the film shifts the story's setting to World War I. 10 year-old Sara Crewe (Liesel Matthews) has been left in a respected New York City boarding school while her British father heads overseas to fight. Filled with wild stories and a playful attitude, the unconventional Sara becomes popular amongst her classmates but quickly comes into conflict with the harsh… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film uses studio resources to create an entrancing world both in New York and in the heroine's fantasies about India."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A bright, beautiful and enchantingly childlike vision."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"One of the very best children's movies of the past quarter-century."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Soppy and girlish in the extreme, this should keep even the tiniest viewer rapt, while all too many adults may fall victim to an inexplicable bout of eye-watering long before the closing credits."
‑ Caroline Westbrook, Empire Magazine
"This is a magical film."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"An astonishing work of studio artifice, A Little Princess is that rarest of creations, a children's film that plays equally well to kids and adults."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Cuaron's version of magic realism consists of seeing incredibly fanciful sets and situations in precise detail."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This new version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic boasts first-rate production values and a political sensitivity befitting the '90s, but it doesn't quite capture the magic of the 1939 Shirley Temple vehicle."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Wonderful movie of a lonely girl's triumph."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"Enchanting drama based on a children's classic."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An exemplary version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"The 1939 Shirley Temple version of this book came closer to capturing Sara's vitality."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Cuaron finds the perfect style for this trusted formula; what could have been routine kids' stuff flourishes with his sure feeling for space, light and colour."
‑ , Film4
"A truly captivating children's film that never got its due in the theaters."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"No es una película. Es un trozo de magia esparcido sobre el celuloide."
‑ Luis Martinez, Cinenganos
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