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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie doesn't aspire to be art, merely to entertain adolescent girls, which is practically guaranteed by the luminous presence of Anne Hathaway. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It has a few moments of fun and whimsy, but it lacks the joyous spirit and intelligent humor of the children's novel on which it's based. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Too bad the filmmakers didn't trust the material. For Ella doesn't need music and references to other, better, movies to cast its unique spell. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    As an alternative to the slick, instantly forgettable fare usually made for kids and preteens, Ella Enchanted brings a little bit of magic to the multiplex. show more

  • 40
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Nothing un-beguiles a fairy tale more than forced whimsy and labored magic, which is precisely what plagues Ella Enchanted. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A high-spirited charmer, a fantasy that sparkles with delights. show more

  • 63
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    The movie's computer-generated castles, magic visuals and sloppy effects echo a low-budget fantasy movie on cable. It's glossy, shiny candy that tastes oddly familiar yet lacks sugary punch. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Hathaway may be in a royal rut, but the tiara seems to fit. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    An ugly-looking mismash of a fairytale. show more

  • 50
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Ella Enchanted seems squarely aimed at 12-year-old girls, or, I don't know, maybe 8-year-old girls. show more

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