The Secret of Moonacre
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A 13-year-old girl (played by The Golden Compass' Dakota Blue Richards) discovers that she is the only hope for banishing an ancient curse from a magical kingdom in director Gabor Csupo's adaptation of author Elizabeth Goudge's 1946 children's book The Little White Horse. Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, and Juliet Stevenson co-star in a film penned by screenwriting partners Graham Alborough and Lucy Shuttleworth. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nicely put together, but just a little dull."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A film about magic that remains obdurately unmagical."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A sweet if faintly soporific fantasy adventure for family audiences."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"It's a slow-moving affair with wooden acting, duff special effects and some woefully unfunny comic moments from Tim Curry as an undersized chef. All in all, the thing's severely lacking in magic."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"It's not quite a disaster but this disappointing and poorly executed fantasy adventure never reaches the level of magic and enchantment it needs to succeed."
‑ Saxon Bullock, Film4
"Enchanting fantasy turns teen into sweet, selfless princess."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"A sluggish narrative is further hampered by "comic" turns (Juliet Stevenson, as a gurning governess) and some frankly shameless knockoffs."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"This whimsical children's tale is uninspired yet doesn't drop far enough below mediocrity to justify a place in the lineup of "so-bad-they're-good" movies."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"The Secret Of Moonacre lacks action, adventure and magic."
‑ , Sun Online
"Apart from some wooden over-acting, The Secret of Moonacre is a shrewd mix of live action and exotic animation by the Hungarian director Gabor Csupo."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Richards starred in 2007's The Golden Compass and, compared with big-budget fantasies of that kind, this smaller effort can't help looking mimsy, despite its good intentions."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"Routine special effects merely add to the impression that this is a second division fantasy."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Fantasy doesn't come feebler than this."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"Whilst missing a trick in terms of script and casting, at least they've amped up the action from the somewhat sedate book."
‑ Helen OHara, Empire Magazine
"The cast looks vaguely uncomfortable too. Even shameless scenery-chewer Curry can't muster any enthusiasm for an over-earnest script that throws around pearls of non-wisdom like moondust."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
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