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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: 36 out of 46
  2. Negative: 4 out of 46
  1. Mar 23, 2015
    10
    Cinderella is a brilliant modern rendition of a classic tale. The acting is superb. The visuals, including the scenery and the costumes,Cinderella is a brilliant modern rendition of a classic tale. The acting is superb. The visuals, including the scenery and the costumes, particularly Cinderella's majestic blue butterfly gown are magical. A film to see by all. Cinderella, bravo, masterfully done! 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. Apr 2, 2015
    8
    I'll be honest; I love the original CInderella. It's one of my favorite Disney movies, so I was a little apprehensive of seeing a live-actionI'll be honest; I love the original CInderella. It's one of my favorite Disney movies, so I was a little apprehensive of seeing a live-action remake after seeing what they did to Maleficent. From someone who loves the original story so much, they did an excellent job updating it. The new Cinderella is a fresh and witty remake on a classic movie that doesn't try to make any subversive twists or attempt to be some fantasy action flick. The story itself is largely the same, although with a little more emphasis on the stepmother and stepsisters, which makes this movie a very traditional fairy tale while still adding a new layer to the story. There's a lot to like in the new Cinderella, especially if you know and love the original. Expand
  5. Apr 19, 2015
    7
    I will be the first to say that I am not a fan of the original 1950s classic. I appreciate it for what is it but I could never get into it andI will be the first to say that I am not a fan of the original 1950s classic. I appreciate it for what is it but I could never get into it and I will also say that this live action adaptation of the classic story improves upon many elements that the original lacked. The characters are given more development and the title character is given more screentime than the mice. This film looks absolutely beautifully, Cate Blanchett is absolutely great in this movie and stays true to the original source material. This is a really fun movie! Expand
  6. Mar 23, 2015
    6
    If you seen the original Disney Cinderella or you already know the story pretty much you already seen the 2015 version because this oneIf you seen the original Disney Cinderella or you already know the story pretty much you already seen the 2015 version because this one doesn't do anything different.

    The story to Cinderella is about Ella's mother who dies but Ella's father remarries and, in order to please him, she does everything to open herself up to the new family. But when her father dies suddenly, her step-mother and sisters waste no time in turning her into their personal servant, rechristening her "Cinderella", as she is always covered in ashes after cleaning. Even with the cruel treatment, she lives by her mothers words to have courage and treat everyone kindly. A chance encounter in the forest will turn her life around - even the meddling of her wicked step-mother cannot stop her destiny.

    Cinderella is a story that's been re-done over and over again, maybe it's because the story is so good that it's timeless and nobody will never get sick of it, or maybe it's just Disney wanting money and this is they way of getting it. I think I was like everyone else where I first heard about another Cinderella movie then the first teaser trailer came out and I wasn't hooked at all. Until I came across the critics reviews of the movie giving such high and positive ratings that give me a second thought and I give in a watched it anywhere and it turned out...okay but nothing great as people are putting out to be.

    Lily James did a great job playing Cinderella and who ever cast her as Cinderella did a top notch casting. People may have not seen her from anywhere but some may remember her from the boring TV show Downtown Abbey, but I first sawed her from the 2012 movie Fast Girls and I know nobody has not heard of that film which is fine because the movie is pretty forgettable. But anywhere she did good in the movie and I can a bright future ahead for her.

    Cate Blanchett as the villain worked in a couple scenes where shes not over the top at times with the cliche laugh that a villain should do, but it's not a cool or a funny laugh it's just a cartoon laugh that took me out of the movie, but let's put that a side and talk about the rest of her performance. Cate Blanchett played the evil stepmother so well that I actually hated her more than the original. She give so much into her character to be the biggest b*tch on the planet and I got to give her a big well done for playing a cold women.

    The production Design and the custom designs are the icing on the cake in this movie, because it looks amazing and beautiful and I know it's early to say but when the 2016 Oscars come around again it should get a nomination for those two because it totally deserves it.

    Now for problems: Have you every got that feeling when you see a movie that you liked it but your never ever seeing it again well that's this movie. I will never watch this movie again, because it has nothing to re-visit.

    The movie doesn't really do anything new or original, no it's the same story and that's why I feel this movie doesn't need to exist and it's kind of pointless and unneeded.

    Cinderella 2015 version is overall a mediocre okay movie.
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  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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