Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
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  1. Reviewed by: Laura Shapiro and Corie Brown
    90
    This complex tale is told with great buoyancy and wit thanks to the splendid performances.
  2. The pleasure of Ever After is that it never takes itself seriously. [31Jul1998, Pg. 47]
  3. 88
    The radiant Barrymore energizes Cinderella with a tough core of intelligence and wit.
  4. Reviewed by: Bruce Diones
    80
    The film swings from farce to soap opera and back again—but it's got enough girl-power moments to make a Spice Girls fan happy.
  5. In this modern retelling of the well-known fable, she is one princess-in-waiting who does not need rescuing by any knight in shining armor. [31 Jul 1998, Pg. N.47]
  6. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    80
    Barrymore continues to prove herself as a performer of extraordinary range and charisma, and is simply sublime in the leading role.
  7. 80
    Casting Barrymore as Cinderella is an inspired idea, and a tribute to director Andy Tennant's ability to see through the public's perception of Barrymore to her essence as a performer.
  8. Obviously, Barrymore is not ideally cast outside modern times, but her presence is so good-natured that she makes an audience want to work with her.
  9. Tennant and company do a fine job of retaining the otherworldliness of a fairy tale while at the same time explaining all the archaisms for a modern audience.
  10. Well, I didn't exactly leave the theatre barefoot, but there's a lot to like here -- the result is pretty darn cute and hardly ever cloying.
  11. 75
    Once upon a time there was a feisty young woman who didn't sit around twiddling her pretty thumbs and singing "Someday My Prince Will Come." That's the revisionist spin on Cinderella, and it twirls very nicely.
  12. 75
    Here, as the little cinder girl, she is able to at last put aside her bedraggled losers and flower as a fresh young beauty, and she brings poignancy and fire to the role.
  13. There's no reason for stretching this tale to more than two hours, but Huston is amusingly tart as the stepmom, and it's hard to resist a movie that substitutes Leonardo da Vinci for the traditional fairy godmother.
  14. 75
    Tennant takes this familiar material and crafts a charming, captivating motion picture.
  15. 70
    Their blossoming love is thwarted at every opportunity by wicked stepmother Anjelica Huston, whose practical motive -- she wants her own daughter to become queen -- is part of an unusually nuanced characterization.
  16. The playful and well-meaning spirit of the film carries it through its shakier moments of awkward narration and inscrutably busy camerawork.
  17. Between bouts of decisive action, the characters mill around the French countryside (in lovely costumes, to be sure, by Jenny Beavan) as if unsure of which sexual stereotype to bust next.
  18. 63
    Too much talk, not enough wooing. In the end, Ever After's spell is only half cast. [31 Jul 1998, Pg. 07.E]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 14, 2015
    10
    An amazing Cinderella remake that I would suggest to anyone with children or even adults as it has awe inspiring messages and amazing acting.An amazing Cinderella remake that I would suggest to anyone with children or even adults as it has awe inspiring messages and amazing acting. Also considered by some movie goers and home owners as the best retelling of Cinderella, period. Many would say Ever After easily matched if not overwhelmed the original Disney movie in both originality and plot. Full Review »