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Daisy von Sherler Mayer directed this family film, an adaptation of the famed book series that Austrian-born writer-illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) launched in 1939 with the opening lines, "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. In two straight lines they broke their bread and brushed their teeth and went to bed. They smiled at the good and frowned at the bad and sometimes they were very sad. They left the house at half past nine in two straight lines in rain or shine -- the smallest one was Madeline." This… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Great for young kids and fans of the books."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"In Madeline's final adventure, she uses her spunk and creativity in the service of compassion."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Clever production and costume design reflect the simplicity of Bemelmans' drawings, and keep the audience firmly in touch with the author's whimsical sensibilities."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"A disarming, charming fable so artfully crafted that adults will fall under its spell."
‑ Jeffrey Huston, Jeff Huston's Believe Me
"No horribly arch double entendres to draw in audiences who can't spend two hours in a theater without having their libido massaged."
‑ Brandon Judell, Critics Inc./America Online
"...Adequately simple for children, though perhaps a bit pedestrian for adults."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Deserves credit for solid professionalism."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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