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Based on the story by Paul Gallico, this film stars Leslie Caron as a 16-year-old waif who runs off to join a carnival. Embittered, crippled puppeteer Mel Ferrer treats Lili with contempt; only by speaking through his puppets is Ferrer able to express his genuine love for the girl.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A vehicle for MGM's new star Leslie Caron to shine."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This MGM movie is studio-system filmmaking at its most protective, and it's designed entirely to showcase Leslie Caron"
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"Classic love story of an orphan and the carnival."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Lelsie Caron is charming in her first Oscar nominated role as an orphan who takes with a carnival in this second-rate MGM musical (technically a melodrama with songs), which was very popular due to the Oscar-winning score, Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo.""
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Fine score, Caron performance in MGM musical fantasy."
‑ Steve Crum,
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