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  • Summary: Bright, inquisitive and generous, Kit is a natural born leader. But her happy childhood is abruptly interrupted when her father loses his care dealership and must leave to Cincinnati to look for work. Kit and her mother Margaret are left to manage on their own, growing vegetables, selling eggs and even taking an assortment of boarders. When Kit’s mother and the boarders become the latest victims in a string of robberies, the Kittredges face losing their house to foreclosure. Determined to recover the stolen money, Kit recruits her friends to help her track down the culprit. Together they uncover plot that goes gar be yond Cincinnati. (Picturehouse) Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Preteen girls – and not just those who are already American Girl fanatics – should be entranced. And why not? Not many movies for that audience are as respectful as is this one.
  2. A smart, playful, informative pleasure.
  3. 75
    A thoroughly satisfying and engaging children's picture that never forgets those kids probably didn't get to the theater by themselves.
  4. A crime wave gives the heroine a mystery to solve and provides most of the comedy, but the film is stronger in its dramatic stretches.
  5. While the film starring Abigail Breslin as a resourceful 10-year-old is faithful to the Kit books, it's pokey where it should be perky.
  6. Has its heart in the right place and its head shoved well down into a box of clichés.
  7. The director, Patricia Rozema, has a rare talent: She gets third-rate performances out of first-rate performers with almost startling efficiency. All are bland, some hardly exist at all, and as performance, the whole thing seems a waste.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
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  1. RebeccaM.
    Jul 31, 2008
    Great movie, adults and children, realistic to a point, no bad language, etc. great acting.
  2. SherryS.
    Jul 10, 2008
    As a mother and teacher, I found this movie to be one of the best combinations of entertainment, education, character building and inspiration that I've seen. I was awed at the deep questions my 7 year old was asking about the depression, poverty, homelessness and honesty on the way home from the show. Wow! I didn't know she was ready to discuss these serious issues. Congratulations to the director, writers and actors of Kitt Kittredge. This movie is sure to be a classic. I've read some of the negative reviews of this movie. It is unfortunate that some indivuduals just don't get it. Apparently they don't have experiences with children or grandparents. This movie is pure, heartwarming, and tells a story that people my age as well as children need to hear. Let's not forget the struggles that individuals who lived in this time period lived through. The theatre I sat in had just as many elderly couples as young girls. This movie had a different meaning for them than my girls no doubt. Let's face it, there aren't many movies that can positively touch the lives of people from ages 6 to 86. Definately a classic. Expand
  3. KathrynC.
    Jul 11, 2008
    This is a great movie to take all children to for a really good history lesson and a wonderful time of sharing what the "good old days" used to be about. I had to explain the typewriter and the record player to my granddaughter. Wonderful movie. We are going again with more friends. Expand
  4. ArtG
    Jul 9, 2008
    My wife and I exchanged a look early on that said "oh no this is going to be another political hit piece aimed at young skulls full of mush (e.g. Wall-E)", but happily we were wrong. I really liked the film although I must admit I actually took a cat nap somewhere in the middle. It watched like a book written for that age group reads. Not to diffucult to understand and a fairy tail like ending will leave the juvinile among us satisfied. Expand
  5. RoseD
    Jul 19, 2008
    What a fun time! This movie was a great treat for parents, grandparents and kids. The story itself was honest and open, giving kids a great glimpse into the past. It was funny, sweet, touching and exciting - and our whole theater clapped at the end. This is no whacked out, imaginary fluff, this is actually storytelling. A perfect summer treat! Expand
  6. Apr 30, 2012
    The film wasn't too engaging or exciting, and had a few flaws in the execution, but it did give out an insight on 1930s history for children and kids-at-heart, without leaning so much into mindless mischief or "Home Alone"-style antics. Abigail Breslin's portrayal of Kit was also just as flat-out impressive as Bruno Ganz's dramatic performance in Downfall, or more like what Aaron Staton did in L.A. Noire, especially when Kit had to investigate a string of hobo-related robberies in Ohio.

    My two-thumbs up to this film.
  7. ChadS.
    Jul 4, 2008
    Ten years, give or take a few years, the typewriter as a prop, like the rotary phone and the contraption that plays the vinyl record, will cause a segment of the audience to ask their older chagrined companions, "What the heck is that?" Ten-year-old Kit Kittredge(Abigail Breslin) aspires to be a journalist, but that's because the computer hasn't been invented yet. Her modern-day counterpart would start a blog. Concurrent to her ambitious goal of publishing an article about hobos in a Cincinnati newspaper, is the Great Depression, which might be bad for her family and neighbors, but a boon for her path course. Since there's no such thing as search engines, Kit investigates soup kitchens and tent cities to meet the homeless. In the June/July issue of the Atlantic Monthly, Nicholas Carr asks, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" The question is rhetorical. Most ten-year-old children, not to mention, me, lack the attention span to write a newspaper-length article. The very sight of a pint-sized Lois Lane-wanna-be hunting and pecking at a Remington is nostalgia with a double-edge. In twenty-five years, give or take a few years, the newspaper as a prop, like the typewriter, will indicate that the film you're watching is a period piece. During the course of "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl", the young writer evolves into an investigative reporter when she tries to exonerate the bums from a burglary rap by playing Nancy Drew. No more puff pieces about the Chicago World's Fair for this little girl. Kit's plight to be taken seriously as a journalist is akin to every female who tried to crack the then-male dominated field. Think of Jane Fonda's character in "The China Syndrome", who rises to the occasion during a live feed in the film's final scene, or more recently, the television journalist that Christina Applegate plays in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy". It's not just age that Kit is overcoming, it's gender, too. Expand

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