Harriet the Spy
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The first feature film from the Nickelodeon cable channel, Harriet the Spy is an updated version of Louise Fitzhugh's best-selling 1964 children's novel. Sixth grade outcast Harriet (Michelle Trachtenberg) is an only child who has mostly been raised by her nanny, Golly (Rosie O'Donnell), rather than her materialistic parents. Harriet wants to be a writer when she grows up, and only Golly encourages her creative pursuits. Meanwhile, Harriet dons a yellow raincoat and a belt full of gadgets to spy on everyone around her, including her eccentric neighbor with a lot of cats and the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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"A very draggy affair because Harriet's exploits are treated like an episodic laundry list."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A below mediocre adaptation of the popular novel that is nonetheless served well by the two female leads, but all representative of the adults world (parents, teachers, psychologists) are narrow, standard-issue constructions."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A better-than-expected kid's-book adaptation."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"...in busily updating the '60s story for the more worldly '90s, the filmmakers have ended up, ironically, with a product much more naively juvenile than the original."
‑ Ann Hulbert, Slate
"...doesn't live up to its promise as a movie that could have had a lot of fun exploiting the ingenuity-themed construct."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
"...the pacing is slow and there are scenes that seem amateurish..."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A kids' movie that's more serious - and substantial - than most."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"The whimsical and meaningless first part dissolves into a mean spirited and disturbing concluding section."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"While the well-loved novel was apparently about the admirable battle a kid must wage in order to become an artist in the face of peer disapproval, the movie seems to be about a mean-spirited tyke who has no scruples."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"[The] movie really is supposed to be for kids after all, and since none of the material is too dark, it should do a decent job of keeping them entertained."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Fans of the book will want to see this film."
‑ M. Faust, Common Sense Media
"Will remind parents of their own youth, and it will aid those living theirs out now to cope a little easier -- and that's just what a children's film should do."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
"Like the novel, Harriet the Spy is a rare children's story that celebrates the budding artistic spirit."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Nick's methodology is way, way, outta synch with the spirit of Louise Fitzhugh's award-winning book."
‑ John Paul Powell, Jam! Movies
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