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Opened in Theaters: Friday, April 9th, 2004

Directed by Tommy O'Haver
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1:35

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Ella Enchanted
On a quest to free herself from a well-intentioned curse given to her at birth by her fairy Godmother, Ella must outwit a kingdom filled with ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, talking books, and...  View more >

some crude humor and language

Starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes...  View more >

Reviews Summary

Rating # %  
See Now!  2 33 See Now! Percent
Good  1 17 Good Percent
Wait for Rental  2 33 Wait Percent
Stay Away!  1 17 Stay Away! Percent
6 Total Reviews

Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

[--- Good ---]by VIP MemberApr 15, 2004
"Ella Enchanted" is a entertaining musical about a woman whoi had a curse sh inherted as a child and wants to get rid of it. the film is an enjoyable musical with major numbers taken from hit songs. Ann Hatherway is charming in the title role. Almost made me forgive her for "The Princess Diaries." After seeing the film I like to say that Ann Hatherway has a future in films. This film is joyful in every scene of the movie. Lots of surprises, lots of fun.
[--- Stay Away! ---]by  Apr 20, 2004
It sucks. The worst movie I have ever seen. I am a 16 year old girl, and have a 9 year old sister. we both hated it.
[--- See Now! ---]by  May 3, 2004
[--- See Now! ---]by  Jun 10, 2004
It was funny modern and did I mention funny
[--- Wait for Rental ---]by  Jul 30, 2004
[--- Wait for Rental ---]by VIP MemberJan 3, 2005
I like off-beat movies, and that's the one redeeming feature of the storyline foisted upon the actors in Ella Enchanted.

My wife was interested in seeing it, so we put it on our Netflix list and sat down on a Saturday night to enjoy a lighthearted movie based on a good children's book and starring a pretty good cast. My wife offered to turn it off after the first 20 minutes, as it bore little resemblance to the book and took too many fantasy liberties to be desired, but I'm more tolerant and I wanted to see where they would take it.

It's not all bad, mind you. I liked some of the ways that they integrated contemporary references and poked fun at them by exaggerating them in this fantasy world. Anne Hathaway does a decent job; probably the best that can be expected from the material she's been given. Her singing performances, although supposedly actually sung by her, are horribly dubbed over the movie, so it looks like you're watching a redux of Ashlee Simpson on Saturday Night Live. The actor playing Prince Char should not appear in more movies until he can do a better job, but maybe his resentment at being involved in this storyline affected his performance.

Since it's based on a children's book, and its content mostly appeals to the pre-teen girl princess fans, perhaps we were the wrong audience and we're judging the movie too harshly. Rent, don't buy, this for yourself, and see what you think. It's not bad, it's just not good either.

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