The Secret of Moonacre
The Secret of Moonacre (2008)

When 13 year old Maria Merryweather's father dies, leaving her orphaned and homeless, she is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live with Sir Benjamin, an eccentric uncle she didn't know she had, at the mysterious… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 6, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite impressive production values, this is staid, plodding and unimpressive fantasy-fare, with poor performances struggling with an underdeveloped script.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Nicely put together, but just a little dull.

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Edward Porter
Times (UK)

Richards starred in 2007's The Golden Compass and, compared with big-budget fantasies of that kind, this smaller effort can't help looking mimsy, despite its good intentions.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Routine special effects merely add to the impression that this is a second division fantasy.

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Karen Wirsling
Common Sense Media

Enchanting fantasy turns teen into sweet, selfless princess.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

A film about magic that remains obdurately unmagical.

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Peter Bradshaw

A sweet if faintly soporific fantasy adventure for family audiences.

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Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media

Enchanting fantasy turns teen into sweet, selfless princess.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

A sluggish narrative is further hampered by "comic" turns (Juliet Stevenson, as a gurning governess) and some frankly shameless knockoffs.

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Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

This whimsical children's tale is uninspired yet doesn't drop far enough below mediocrity to justify a place in the lineup of "so-bad-they're-good" movies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Kylie B
I loved the book when I was younger, in fact I still have it secreted away somewhere where I keep all my sentimental things. This is why I made a note of… More
Sarah Burton
Despite the magical premise, incredible cast, stunning costumes, sets and landscape, this film failed to excite any interest in me whatsoever. There was nothing… More
Barry Lappin
No where near as dark as some of its ilk this is a great movie for the bug 'uns and the little 'uns alike. Tim Curry's baddie is a little bit… More