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  • Summary: The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, whenThe story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella's father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind." She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella's hopes of once again encountering the charming "Kit." Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella's life forever. [Walt Disney Pictures] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
  1. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Mar 16, 2015
    100
    As a picture that celebrates one of the greatest archetypes in literature while freshening countless familiar details, I doubt it can be bettered.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 13, 2015
    88
    Cinderella is a wonderfully realized family feature that retains the strengths of its source material while at the same time updating it for today's audiences.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Feb 16, 2015
    80
    Screenwriter Chris Weitz embraces both the magic and the humanity of the classic fairy tale. He underlines the virtues of kindness and courage in a heroine right out of the pages of a traditional storybook, who gradually reveals the qualities of a self-possessed modern girl.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 12, 2015
    70
    Disney’s new live-action version is for the most part beguilingly good, even though it’s no replacement for the studio’s 1950 animated classic.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 13, 2015
    67
    The result is more of an illustrated storybook of a cherished classic than a living thing in its own right.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Feb 16, 2015
    60
    Very little is out of place in Branagh’s do-over, but that’s almost a problem: there’s a feeling, throughout, of going perfectly through the motions. The film is all smoothly-operated crane shots, excellent hair, gleaming teeth. Originality is the glass slipper it never even tries on.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 12, 2015
    38
    Cinderella is so scrubbed of personality, it’s not even worth calling a mess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
  1. Mar 15, 2015
    10
    I was distracted by all the small waists, including Cate Blanchette who is way over 40. Beyond that, the movie really moved. I loved theI was distracted by all the small waists, including Cate Blanchette who is way over 40. Beyond that, the movie really moved. I loved the scenery, the diversity of the kingdom, and the main characters all had background stories, unlike the usual Cinderella story. Maybe not oscar-worthy, but visually entertaining. Expand
  2. Apr 8, 2015
    10
    This is by far the best Cinderella adaptation I've seen. It was raw, powerful and magical with a sophisticated kind of cheesy. With theThis is by far the best Cinderella adaptation I've seen. It was raw, powerful and magical with a sophisticated kind of cheesy. With the top-notch CGI, everything in the film seemed so much more surreal and extraordinary. I think I was more in love with the film as a whole than just the prince. It may have been a love story but it was definitely much deeper than that. "Have courage and be kind" was a repeated moral that I thought was a great message to have ingrained on our young audience's mindset. Bravo. Expand
  3. Mar 13, 2015
    10
    What I enjoyed most about the latest "animation to live-action" treatment, is that Cinderella is a relatively straightforward telling of theWhat I enjoyed most about the latest "animation to live-action" treatment, is that Cinderella is a relatively straightforward telling of the timeless story. While Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent were re-imaginings, Cinderella is retold respectfully for the new generation. I genuinely believe that Disney did something right with their latest live-action film. While most people were probably expecting a sword-wielding action hero, I'm happy that Disney treated their most beloved character with the uttermost care and respect. The story of Cinderella is very personal to each person who has felt like the underdog, but managed to rise like a Phoenix from the ashes in the end. If Walt Disney were alive today, I'm sure he would be proud to see his most treasured little savior be retold to the new generation in a beautiful and charming way. Bravo! Expand
  4. Mar 29, 2015
    8
    Disney's plan to remake all their animated features continues apace. We've had Maleficent & Alice in Wonderland and Jungle Book is on its way,Disney's plan to remake all their animated features continues apace. We've had Maleficent & Alice in Wonderland and Jungle Book is on its way, but now we have this lavish new version of Cinderella. What sets this apart from most reinventions of older films is its determination be be anti revisionist. With the exception of some backstory to give some of the characters more depth this sticks rigidly to the animated films plot. That could have been its downfall, but instead it's its trump card.Beautiful production design and stunning costumes married with the pitch perfect performances could make this a future classic. Expand
  5. Mar 23, 2015
    7
    Kenneth Branagh’s revamped Disney fairytale CINDERELLA is the first movie I watch from 2015. A faithful adaptation of the household fable andKenneth Branagh’s revamped Disney fairytale CINDERELLA is the first movie I watch from 2015. A faithful adaptation of the household fable and an eye-catching costume/production pageant. While two leads Lily James (from DOWNTON ABBEY, where also outputs McShera, who plays Drisella, one of Cinderella's step-sister) and Richard Madden (from GAME OF THRONES, with his fellow alumnus Anozie, as his loyal Captain) are relatively unknown as for cinema-goers, Cate Blanchett singlehandedly upstages everyone as Cinderella's wicked stepmother without tampering the original gusto.

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  6. Mar 19, 2015
    6
    This Cinderella remake offers nothing new and plays the retelling way too safe. However, it is still a decently enjoyable time at the theaterThis Cinderella remake offers nothing new and plays the retelling way too safe. However, it is still a decently enjoyable time at the theater with great performances, beautiful visuals, and that classic Disney magic. Expand
  7. Mar 24, 2015
    1
    Cinderella is a pretty movie and pretty disheartening that Disney would perpetrate such archaic notions upon our female youth. To be brave andCinderella is a pretty movie and pretty disheartening that Disney would perpetrate such archaic notions upon our female youth. To be brave and kind cannot mean to be a door mat to unworthy beings. And parents who show good judgement cannot lose it if they need to remarry. And of course, if the shoe fits wear it- but your waist must be a size two. At least they showed no discrimination when seeking out the fair maiden even though one was quite sure of her age, size and color. And how evil must her fairy godmother be to give her only a taste of the good life after all that suffering. Why at midnight must everything go back to usual - except for the glass slippers ? How convenient. If only the prince need not try on the shoe. It would have made a world of difference. Remake your classics- but remember - for once upon a time is not now. And I won't forgive you. Expand

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