Penelope (2006)

Penelope Wilhern, born to wealthy socialites, is afflicted by a secret family curse that can only be broken when she is loved by "one of her own kind." Hidden away in the family's majestic home, she is subjected to meeting a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 8, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Penelope has a charming cast and an appealing message, it ultimately suffers from faulty narrative and sloppy direction.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I think it's a sweet film.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star

The semi-satirical treatment of celebrity culture, as Penelope is treated first as a tabloid sensation then a media darling, is lame and dated.

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Michael Dequina

This quirky, snarky contemporary fairy tale could have been a family blockbuster.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

A precocious fairy tale made for and starring people too old for whimsy

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Sweet as gingerbread, Penelope deserves to find an audience; those with a taste for happily-ever-afters should look for it, before it too-quickly disappears.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Penelope suggests that peace comes through character, not cosmetic surgery. In this, it's smarter than Twilight...

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

While uneven, this Ugly Duckling redux is hipper and funnier than a Disney movie, and the positive message to young girls can't be discounted.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Director Palansky and screenwriter Leslie Caveny seem to have many of the right ingredients for creating something beguiling, but the film is, finally, surprisingly pedestrian. What a shame, with all these good performers.

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Peter Bradshaw

I can truthfully say that watching this abysmal fantasy-comedy is less rewarding than being slapped across the face with a large wet fish.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Sweet, fairy tale type movie. Resse Witherspoon is barely in this, which surprised me, but quite honestly Christina Ricci and James McAvoy steal the film… More
Candy Rose
Penelope (Christina Ricci) is cursed with a pig nose so her family are in pursuit of a suitor who will break the curse. James McAvoy is great in this movie. A… More
Alice Shen
Adorable and 3/4. Funny and effective social satire about beauty, fame, and marriage. Christina Ricci is a lovely-locked if bobbleheaded vision, and James… More
Cassie Hill
A movie that's too adorable for words with true love mixed right in :)
Carlos Magalh„es
It seems a bit ridiculous that a pig nose could cause people to cringe in horror and jump out of windows (especially considering the amount of ugly people in… More
Jennifer D
It definitely lulled in the middle and a few other parts. But it was still a cutey. I love fairy tales and love, so this was some winners. Plus James McAvoy is… More