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  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Infused with a dark charm that will appeal to some girls, A Little Princess, based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is as near to a mannered, lushly photographed Merchant/Ivory-style film as you'll get in a kids' movie. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A Little Princess is the first of its progeny to blend brains with entertainment. This stylish sleeper easily outpaces the studio's starchy updates of "Black Beauty" and "The Secret Garden", and even betters Shirley Temple's 1939 take on Frances Hodgson Burnett's Princess perennial. [18 May 1995, 12D.] show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    For all its rich trappings, A Little Princess is impoverished at the core. [18 May 1995, p.A14] show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    This is a picture that may sound sappy but probably will enrapture audiences lucky enough to catch it. [19 May 1995, p.L] show more

  • 100
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    With its beautifully crafted starburst of colors and themes spanning its requisite Victorian gravity, A Little Princess is a beguiling little supernova of a movie I can't imagine anyone not loving. [19 May 1995, p.64] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Cuaron's version of magic realism consists of seeing incredibly fanciful sets and situations in precise detail, and Johnson has provided him with the freedom and logistical support to create such places as the street where Miss Minchin's school looms so impressively. show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Polished, intelligent, impeccably well-bred, it's an upscale kids' flick designed to appease the fears of discriminating parents: If those stubborn tykes refuse to crack a book, then this is the next best thing - Young People's Masterpiece Theatre. [11 Aug 1995, p.C2] show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

    A Little Princess is a delightful film. Bring your children, or just bring yourself. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    And though the new Little Princess is a far darker affair than the 1939 version, Mexican-born director Alfonso Cuaron doesn't make it anywhere near as drab and moody as Agnieszka Holland's more artistically and commercially successful The Secret Garden. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    To be sure, A Little Princess has a few missteps. For one thing, Miss Minchin could have been played with less villainy, but younger viewers will probably appreciate the one-dimensional nastiness. There are also a few moments of overt sweetness, but these are easily forgiven. Actually, there's very little this movie has to apologize for -- it's the rare kind of picture that can be enjoyed by viewers of eight, eighteen, and eighty. show more

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