Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    The final result becomes a search not for a knight in shining armor, but one of acceptance for one's own identity.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    A thoughtful, restrained, refreshingly nonjudgmental melodrama that reflects on interesting questions regarding sexuality, identity and self-acceptance.
  3. 75
    An engaging and powerful portrayal of puberty gone awry.
  4. A sympathetic look at what it's like to be a Brazilian transsexual prostitute working in Milan.
  5. The well-made Princesa is daring, for it ends on an upbeat note in circumstances that are traditionally treated otherwise.
  6. It could easily have become either prurient or moralistic, but Mr. Goldman's stance is that of a sympathetic observer, and his style combines ground-level realism with a touch of Almodóvarian extravagance.
  7. It's odd for a film to be both dramatically conventional yet emotionally bizarre at the same time, as this one is.
  8. 63
    Features abundant sex and nudity, yet it manages to tell its story (based on a real character) with great sensitivity.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    This raw and raunchy drama from director Henrique Goldman offers what few feature films have ever bothered to attempt: a realistic, wholly sympathetic look at the lives of transgendered prostitutes.
  10. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    A neo-realist fairy tale that charms without losing sight of its key themes of exploitation and truth to one’s self.
  11. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Unsettling in spots, Princesa ultimately glosses over the futility of Fernanda's plight, her misery rapidly erased.
  12. An evocative melancholy hangs over Princesa, Henrique Goldman's intermittently affecting tale.
  13. By the time Princesa finally slides into halfhearted melodrama in its last quarter, we're only too happy to follow Fernanda back to the rim and a little excitement.

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