Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted (2004)

Adapted from author Gail Carson Levine's award-winning children's book of the same name, the Miramax-financed modern fantasy Ella Enchanted is directed by Tommy O'Haver and stars The Princess Diaries alumna Anne Hathaway. Ella… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 9, 2004
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
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Consensus: Hathaway is a charming heroine, but the simple storyline gets overwhelmed by silly gimmickry.

David Rooney

A thoroughly charming performer with a bracing freshness about her that carries the film, [Hathaway] establishes credible chemistry with Brit thesp Dancy.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

In its innocence, sweet heart and abundant wit, it has more going for it, by my accounting, than a dozen more expensive-looking films.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Endearing, enduring, with just a few bits of crude humor

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

An overcalculated fusion of Shrek and The Princess Bride with all the smarts replaced by smartass.

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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post

This all makes for good and entertaining fun, from the musical numbers of 1980s pop tunes to the flamboyant fight scenes. For a while. But you've seen this all before.

Cole Smithey

Anne Hathaway is the cheery spark in this glitzy girl's fantasy story from screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith ("Legally Blonde").

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It had some creative touches, but I thought the special effects were kind of cheesy.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Mostly ... the film bubbles along happily.

Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today

The Narrator begins and ends the story talking about how fairy tales transport us to another place, but the sad fact is that Ella lets us stay right where we are.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
British films often have a reputation for being creaky, twee and altogether more modest than their American counterparts. Ken Russell's mother used "a… More
erika bruhns
one of the best family film that has a lot of love , action and funny parts.
Alice Shen
A funny, unconventional fairy tale that goes Passably Bollywood. Anne Hathaway does some really nice crying and singing.
Cassie Hill
A girl who has always done whatever she is told to do learns to live without rules & falls in love.
Sophie Burgess
Great for little girls and whilst the art direction was brilliant, not much else was.
Richard C
i hate this movie so much. anne hathaway is so much better than this. i dont recommend at all. D