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Eleanor H. Porter's story of Pollyanna, "The Glad Girl," was first filmed in 1920 by Mary Pickford. While entertaining, the Pickford version tended to reduce the supporting characters to stereotypes. Disney's 1960 remake of Pollyanna wisely offers three-dimensional characterizations, enhancing the charm and believability of the story. In her first Disney film (indeed, her first American film), Hayley Mills stars as Pollyanna, an orphan girl sent to live with her wealthy aunt Polly (Jane Wyman). A humorless sort, Aunt Polly is taken aback by Pollyanna's insistence upon… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pollyanna emerges on the wide screen as the best live-actor movie Disney has ever made: a Niagara of drivel and a masterpiece of smarm."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Heartwarming period coming-of-age tale with typical Disney gloss"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Hayley Mills' work more than compensates for the film's lack of tautness and, at certain points, what seems to be an uncertain sense of direction."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"One of Disney's best 1960's films...and one of Hayley's best."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"This is Disney at its finest."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It's so saccharine it's difficult to take seriously."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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