The Secret of Moonacre
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When 13 year old Maria Merryweather's father dies, leaving her orphaned and homeless, she is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live with Sir Benjamin, an eccentric uncle she didn't know she had, at the mysterious Moonacre Manor. Soon Maria finds herself in a crumbling moonlit world torn apart by the hatred of an ancient feud with the dark and sinister De Noir family. Maria discovers that she is the last Moon Princess and, guided by an unlikely mix of allies, she must overcome her family's pride in order to unearth the secrets of the past before the 5000th moon… More

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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
"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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