Harriet the Spy
Harriet the Spy (1996)

Welcome to the spyhouse: The beloved novel by Louise Fitzhugh arrives on the screen as a study in prepubescent torment, although one with energy, good performances and some sturdy object lessons.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 10, 1996
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A very draggy affair because Harriet's exploits are treated like an episodic laundry list.

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Emanuel Levy

A below mediocre adaptation of the popular novel that is nonetheless served well by the two female leads, but all representative of the adults world (parents, teachers, psychologists) are narrow, standard-issue constructions.

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Scott Weinberg

A better-than-expected kid's-book adaptation.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

...the pacing is slow and there are scenes that seem amateurish...

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

A kids' movie that's more serious - and substantial - than most.

Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The whimsical and meaningless first part dissolves into a mean spirited and disturbing concluding section.

M. Faust
Common Sense Media

Fans of the book will want to see this film.

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Brandon Judell

Will remind parents of their own youth, and it will aid those living theirs out now to cope a little easier -- and that's just what a children's film should do.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Like the novel, Harriet the Spy is a rare children's story that celebrates the budding artistic spirit.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This is another movie that really inspired me when I was younger. Many people can relate to Harriet's problems in this movie, or have wanted to be spies… More
Rachel F
Growing up, this was one of my favorite movies. It's really cute.
Spencer S.
True to the book, but it's fitted more for kids, so my rating is based off how I interpret it.
Drew Smith
A mostly unmemorable "child revenge" flick.
Alice Shen
Probably Michelle Trachtenberg's best performance. I thought this movie was okay as a kid, but now, I like it even better. I can't quite pinpoint… More
Sarah Prisbylla
One of my favorites as a child. I just watched it the other day and I still enjoy it!