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A kindly aristocrat suffering from an unsightly curse breaks free from her extravagant, prison-like estate to seek adventure and discover her true self in a romantic, modern-day fairy tale directed by Mark Palansky and starring Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, and Reese Witherspoon. Generations ago, a witch placed a curse on the Wilhelm family that would result in the next girl being born into the clan having a porcine snout -- and now young Penelope (Ricci) has fallen victim to the vengeful hag's unsightly grudge. When tabloid reporter Lemon (Dinklage) runs a misleadingly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I think it's a sweet film."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Sweet as gingerbread, Penelope deserves to find an audience; those with a taste for happily-ever-afters should look for it, before it too-quickly disappears."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"This quirky, snarky contemporary fairy tale could have been a family blockbuster."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Watchable but patchy fantasy romance that doesn't quite work, despite strong performances from Ricci and McAvoy."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"It's too bad that the second half turned out to be a drag, because I very much enjoyed the first half."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"While uneven, this Ugly Duckling redux is hipper and funnier than a Disney movie, and the positive message to young girls can't be discounted."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Director Palansky and screenwriter Leslie Caveny seem to have many of the right ingredients for creating something beguiling, but the film is, finally, surprisingly pedestrian. What a shame, with all these good performers."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Penelope suggests that peace comes through character, not cosmetic surgery. In this, it's smarter than Twilight..."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"A modern-day fairytale, the film is tarted up like a hyperactive five-year-old's lurid fantasy of interior decor."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"A diligent ensemble can't lift the film to anything higher than a shallow fairy tale with only worthy intentions."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"The semi-satirical treatment of celebrity culture, as Penelope is treated first as a tabloid sensation then a media darling, is lame and dated."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"The picture has a hapless, meandering quality that's tolerable at first but ultimately becomes maddening, as if it were a cartoon narrative recounted by a distracted 4-year-old."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"I can truthfully say that watching this abysmal fantasy-comedy is less rewarding than being slapped across the face with a large wet fish."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"Visually stylish, what might have been a cute fantasy becomes tedious due to its banal script and a relentless overload of pig-jokes."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"With only a DNA witch's curse pig's snout compromising Ricci's otherwise exceedingly alluring physical assets, it doesn't make a lick of sense that prospective suitors are jumping out of windows after catching a glimpse of her disfigured beak."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
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