What a Girl Wants
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Daphne Reynolds has what every girl wants--or so it seems. This spirited young American girl has a unique style all her own, an unconventional but loving relationship with her bohemian mother Libby and a future full of possibilities--but despite her remarkable promise, Daphne feels incomplete. She dreams of one day meeting the father she's never known, the man Libby shared a whirlwind romance with seventeen years ago, but ultimately left behind because his aristocratic family found her unsuitable. Determined to live out her fantasy of forging a storybook relationship with her long-absent… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

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"A sanitized adventure for the Mary Kate-and-Ashley set."
‑ Anya Kamenetz, Village Voice
"Girls undoubtedly will want to see it, but What a Girl Wants feels a bit like a reheated version of The Princess Diaries."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Too-cute with a few iffy moments, but tweens will eat it up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Despite her obnoxious Nickelodeon pedigree, Bynes proves that, given the right project, she isn't half bad."
‑ Shawn Bowers, Kansas City Star
"Amanda Bynes lights up the screen with innocent charm and a sweet-girl smile."
‑ Tyler Hanley, Palo Alto Weekly
"There's nothing wrong with this movie, it just kind of moves along at this little pace, no surprises."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"What A Girl Wants doesn't satisfy."
‑ Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star
"Another piece of teen-girl wish-fulfillment fluff of the most forgettable sort."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"The mum, played by Kelly Preston, tells Daphne, "Getting to know yourself is the answer." And we thought this was supposed to be good family fun."
‑ Annette Dasey, Teletext
"A complete rip-off without one original twist of any kind-a film devoid of any unique concept."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"Uninspired and insipid all the way."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"An unsubtle but sunny fairy tale."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The capable cast is wasted in this fluff piece."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"There's very little about it that isn't utterly predictable, and naturally all major setbacks are quickly and easily overcome after a minute and a half music montage, before the final happy ending pancake platter is doused in syrupy overkill"
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"A pleasant diversion, but not much more than that."
‑ David N. Butterworth, Movie Boeuf
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