A Little Princess
A Little Princess (1995)

A privileged, free-spirited young girl tries to adapt to life in a strict boarding school in this charming, critically acclaimed children's fantasy. Adapting a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, also the author of The Secret Garden, the… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 4, 1995
DVD Release Date: November 18, 1997
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Alfonso Cuarón adapts Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel with a keen sense of magic realism, vividly recreating the world of childhood as seen through the characters.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The film uses studio resources to create an entrancing world both in New York and in the heroine's fantasies about India.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A bright, beautiful and enchantingly childlike vision.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the very best children's movies of the past quarter-century.

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Todd McCarthy

An astonishing work of studio artifice, A Little Princess is that rarest of creations, a children's film that plays equally well to kids and adults.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Cuaron's version of magic realism consists of seeing incredibly fanciful sets and situations in precise detail.

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TV Guide

This new version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic boasts first-rate production values and a political sensitivity befitting the '90s, but it doesn't quite capture the magic of the 1939 Shirley Temple vehicle.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

An exemplary version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

The 1939 Shirley Temple version of this book came closer to capturing Sara's vitality.

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Cuaron finds the perfect style for this trusted formula; what could have been routine kids' stuff flourishes with his sure feeling for space, light and colour.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
With a magic realism, Cuaron adaptation is a new vision of classic fairy tale.
Bentley Lyles
Alfonso Cuaron, who did the amazing third "Harry Potter" film, brings us the well-done adaptation of the classic novel, "A Little Princess".… More
Film Crazy
Its such a cute little movie that i remember watching as a little and enjoying it because it does let the imagination run wild! Its a sweet movie thats a… More
Jennifer D
Amazing and beautifully done! Stunning cinematography. This film proves that not all children's films have to be crappy and stupid.
Aj V
Yes, this is the same story as the Shirley Temple film, but they were both based on a book, so it's not exactly a remake. I read the book and saw this… More
Wahida K
A great tale based upon Book Frances H. Burnett