Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Against "Whale Rider's" well-acted, intimate story, Gordon's film feels like an endless spiral of sub-par soap-opera acting, mired in trite, predictable dialogue.
  2. 38
    Unimaginative, exasperating film, hopefully but fruitlessly recycled after the success of 2002's ebullient Whale Rider.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 11, 2012
    It is 1953 and 13 year old Elizabeth Wakefield is consumed by a desire to meet the new Queen, Elizabeth II. However she is stuck in a provincial North Island town of New Zealand, trying to deal with typical "coming-of-age" challenges such as parents who don't understand, a cruel brother, unfaithful friends, a handsome teacher and dozens of unanswered letters she has sent to the Queen. Then it happens - the Queen is going to visit the town during her New Zealand tour. This family film, that probably will appeal more to pre and early teen girls, is a bit rough around the edges, but not bad for a first time director who has done a good job at designing a mid-20th century small town New Zealand atmosphere. Full Review »