The Secret Garden
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The 1993 remake of The Secret Garden is a rendition of the classic Frances Hodgon Burnett novel about a young girl (Kate Maberly) who discovers an abandoned garden on her uncle's large Victorian country estate, as well as an invalid cousin she didn't realize she had. With the help of a local boy, the girl sets out to restore the garden and, once it is blooming again, she discovers it has magical powers.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"The result is an instant classic -- rich, dense, resonant, powerful."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"This enchanted tale vividly shows how love heals and nurtures barren souls, makes them flourish like abundant Edens."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The film retains the gothic atmosphere of the book and looks amazing, thanks to Roger Deakins's scintillating photography. Stealing the show is Maggie Smith as beastly housekeeper Mrs Medlock."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Any kids' movie that aims for something richer than the Saturday-matinee escapism of smiling whales and preschool ninjas -- that actually captures some of the mystery of childhood -- ought to be embraced. whatever its peculiarities."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"An intelligently conceived and finely crafted picture with a G rating, a tag normally shunned by ambitious filmmakers because of its association with kiddie cartoons and squeaky-clean dullness."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"While drawing superb performances from her young leads, Holland has masterfully contrasted the garden -- a place where melodic robins seem almost conversant -- with the dread of Misselthwaite."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Rather than a fresh breeze, it's the stale air of gilded calculation, the uncomfortable feeling that things are excessively "just so," that overhangs much that is genuinely appealing about this film."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"That`s a more upscale marketing concept than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but it still doesn't make the movie any good."
‑ Bill Kelley, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The film is not as enchanting as it should be."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"The movie enchants, with a visual texture that clearly bears the mark of executive producer Francis Ford Coppola and confirms the arrival of Oscar-nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland."
‑ Steve McKerrow, Baltimore Sun
"The movie's dark themes, unhurried pace and talkiness make it something of a gamble for many children. But older children -- especially those who have been asking specific questions about death -- may find some nourishment in this garden."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"It's as if the moviemakers were trying to cook up a New Age Yorkshire pudding, without meat drippings -- what's missing is Burnett's robust optimism and animistic energy."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"Though it can get laborious, and produces the odd unintended chuckle, The Secret Garden is charming and sometimes chillingly authentic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This lavish treatment originated from Coppola's Zoetrope studio and follows their several successful films made for family audiences."
‑ , Film4
"Great book, great adaptation."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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