The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden (1993)

The 1993 remake of The Secret Garden is a rendition of the classic Frances Hodgon Burnett novel about a young girl (Kate Maberly) who discovers an abandoned garden on her uncle's large Victorian country estate, as well as an invalid… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 18, 1993
DVD Release Date: January 1, 2000
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Carr
Boston Globe

The result is an instant classic -- rich, dense, resonant, powerful.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

This enchanted tale vividly shows how love heals and nurtures barren souls, makes them flourish like abundant Edens.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

The film has charm, without wandering into the realm of magic.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

While drawing superb performances from her young leads, Holland has masterfully contrasted the garden -- a place where melodic robins seem almost conversant -- with the dread of Misselthwaite.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Rather than a fresh breeze, it's the stale air of gilded calculation, the uncomfortable feeling that things are excessively "just so," that overhangs much that is genuinely appealing about this film.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

The film retains the gothic atmosphere of the book and looks amazing, thanks to Roger Deakins's scintillating photography. Stealing the show is Maggie Smith as beastly housekeeper Mrs Medlock.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The movie's dark themes, unhurried pace and talkiness make it something of a gamble for many children. But older children -- especially those who have been asking specific questions about death -- may find some nourishment in this garden.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

It's as if the moviemakers were trying to cook up a New Age Yorkshire pudding, without meat drippings -- what's missing is Burnett's robust optimism and animistic energy.

Bill Kelley
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

That`s a more upscale marketing concept than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but it still doesn't make the movie any good.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
When I was a kid everyone was always saying how fantastic this movie was, but I didn't think it was all that cool. It's an okay family movie, but it… More
Alex roy
The Secret Garden is a terrific film for all ages. A film with an enchanting tale, The Secret Garden is a terrific film with a great cast of young actors. What… More
Daniel Mumby
There is a long tradition in British cinema of great films being made as a collaboration between British and foreign talent. Many films which are considered… More
Wahida K
It is such a lovely Movie. I totally forget everything around me when I watch this Movie on DVD.
Jennifer D
For a child's film, this is beautifully done. Rich colors, amazing mansion and fantastic acting on all parts. Especially Maggie Smith, naturally.
Thomas Bowler
The key to this movie is the great story. the book itself is known worldwide and consumer and critically acclaimed. And this is the thing to look for in the… More