The Princess Diaries
The Princess Diaries (2001)

This teen comedy from Disney is based on a popular novel by Meg Cabot and directed by Garry Marshall. Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is a teenage klutz who's openly mocked by the popular Lana Thomas (pop singer Mandy Moore). In fact,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: July 29, 2001
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A charming, if familiar, makeover movie for young teenage girls.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Notions of responsibility, surrogacy, rites of passage and the value of friendship are gone through, but the highlighting of modern tropes merely serves to emphasise the film's conventionality.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Bumpy but endearing.

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Emanuel Levy

This fairy tale, which feels as if it were made in the 1960s, deatures a star-making performance from the child-actress Anne Hathaway

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Screenwriter Gina Wendkos, working from Meg Cabot's novel, resorts to monotonous movie clichés: almost uniformly cruel classmates and a callous, cacophonous mob of media jackals.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A sweet movie from a sweet director.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Terrific fun for girls and their families, too.

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Ed Park
Village Voice

A modest, enjoyable fairy tale that easily outcharms its animated stablemates of the past decade.

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Jan Stuart

Hardly a cross-dressing update of My Fair Lady. But in its own blanded-down fashion, it captures just enough of that show's metamorphic zest to make you wish it were.

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Cole Smithey

The unexpected rewards of director Garry Marshall's ("Beaches") latest spin on the well-worn Pygmalion fairy tale are numerous.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
I love the The princess Diaries i've seen them countless times and i love them more and more every time i watch them! I find them extremely amusing and im… More
Dead Angel
It was an okay type of movie. Anne Hathaway acted well. Her before face was not that bad if you ask me. Loved the grandma. Very elegant and cool. It's a… More
Jim Careter
Not my thing, but im a guy, haha. The movie has a interesting premise, and works out well, but soon becomes just another chick flick, with afunny cast, but is… More
Sophie Burgess
A fun and wishful film about a geek that becomes a princess. Brilliant in the way that every teenage girl can identify with Mia in some way. If you need a pick… More
Bethany Murphy
Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway make a great combination and this film is hysterical. Definite must watch and the sequel doesn't dissapoint.
Bentley Lyles
Once in a while, I enjoy a good, cliched teen comedy. In honor of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton taking place today, I shall review… More