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Johanna Spyri's perennial children's favorite Heidi was retailored to the talents of Shirley Temple, resulting in one of her best vehicles. Orphaned early in the proceeding, Heidi is left in the care of her bitter, misanthropic grandfather Adolph Kramer (Jean Hersholt). It doesn't take long before the sweet little child has melted grandpa's hardened heart, and the two "outcasts" become inseparable. But things take a sinister turn when Heidi's cruel and avaricious aunt (Mady Christians) kidnaps the girl and sells her into servitude in the home of wealthy Segemann… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like all Shirley Temple stories, Heidi traces the reaction of human wickedness to the Temple dimples; unlike many of them, it has a craftsmanlike dramatic structure."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Decent film with some inventive scenes, and values that still echo today."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"It's depressing material, but Temple's universal warmth and appeal -- as well as Dwan's skill -- make it work."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"not bad, as Temple fare goes"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"It's far from being a personal work, but as always with Dwan, it's the best movie imaginable from the limited material at hand."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Under Dwan's capable hands, this so-so children's story classic by Johanna Spyri comes out much better than expected."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Call me a sap, but Temple gets to me."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, Apollo Guide
"Classic Shirley Temple film promotes positivity."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"This classic children's film, expertly directed by Allan Dwan, is wonderfully entertaining, with moppet Temple at her adorable best."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of Temple's best, thanks to Dwan's lucid direction."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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