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Penelope Wilhern, born to wealthy socialites, is afflicted by a secret family curse that can only be broken when she is loved by "one of her own kind." Hidden away in the family's majestic home, she is subjected to meeting a string of blue-bloods through her parent's futile attempt to marry her off and break the curse. Each suitor is instantly enamored with Penelope (and her sizable dowry)... until the curse is revealed. When a willing mate cannot be found, mischievous tabloid reporter Lemon hires Max to pose as a prospective suitor in hopes of snapping a photo of the… 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
"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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