Ella Enchanted
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Adapted from author Gail Carson Levine's award-winning children's book of the same name, the Miramax-financed modern fantasy Ella Enchanted is directed by Tommy O'Haver and stars The Princess Diaries alumna Anne Hathaway. Ella (Hathaway) lives in a magical world in which each child, at the moment of their birth, is given a virtuous "gift" from a fairy godmother. Ella's so-called gift, however, is obedience. This birthright proves itself to be quite the curse once Ella finds herself in the hands of several unscrupulous characters whom she quite literally cannot… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A thoroughly charming performer with a bracing freshness about her that carries the film, [Hathaway] establishes credible chemistry with Brit thesp Dancy."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"In its innocence, sweet heart and abundant wit, it has more going for it, by my accounting, than a dozen more expensive-looking films."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Endearing, enduring, with just a few bits of crude humor"
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Avoids a misstep common among girl-empowerment flicks, which often emasculate the male lead to make the heroine truly heroic… manages to make both leads appealing."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Mesmo pecando por ser convencional demais, este é um filme charmoso e bem-intencionado - e certamente fará grande sucesso entre as crianças."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"An overcalculated fusion of Shrek and The Princess Bride with all the smarts replaced by smartass."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"This all makes for good and entertaining fun, from the musical numbers of 1980s pop tunes to the flamboyant fight scenes. For a while. But you've seen this all before."
‑ Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post
"Anne Hathaway is the cheery spark in this glitzy girl's fantasy story from screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith ("Legally Blonde")."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"The idea of mixing the modern with the medieval is a dubious Mulligan's stew -- and annoys quickly."
‑ Harry Haun, Film Journal International
"A sweet little anachronistic musical fairy tale along the lines of 'Shrek.'"
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It had some creative touches, but I thought the special effects were kind of cheesy."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Mostly ... the film bubbles along happily."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The Narrator begins and ends the story talking about how fairy tales transport us to another place, but the sad fact is that Ella lets us stay right where we are."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"'El público seguramente quedará encantado por la inocencia, el humor y la magia de una película a la que seguramente el tiempo dará el lugar que merece.'"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"Someone should tell O'Haver and the gaggle of writers it took to write this unenchanted mess that updated doesn't have to mean washed-up and dumbed-down."
‑ Anita Schmaltz, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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