Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Nov 11, 2011
    38
    Bright spots in The Greening of Whitney Brown are Bob the horse, a Gypsy Vanner who teaches Whitney about friendship and her rancher grandpa (Kris Kristofferson), who gets the Philly princess mucking out stalls.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 10, 2011
    40
    After a grating start, the movie, directed by Peter Odiorne from a script by Gail Gilchriest ("My Dog Skip"), finds its way into warmer, more likable territory. That is, until it flies off the rails in a third act so devoid of logic it could have been concocted on the moon.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 10, 2011
    30
    As she learns the value of public schools and pickup trucks, her erstwhile friends in Philadelphia seem happy to be rid of her. By movie's end, you'll feel exactly the same.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Nov 10, 2011
    50
    This simplistic story of bucolic redemption has few pretensions to depth, ambiguity or realism, relying on its name cast, sprightly lead and a helluva horse to attract family audiences.
  5. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Nov 10, 2011
    50
    By turns pleasant and preposterous, The Greening of Whitney Brown is a reverse Cinderella tale for tweens.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 10, 2011
    20
    Though this family film is slick and well-intentioned, it comes off as shallow as a prom committee meeting.
  7. 50
    The film, both in scope and tone, has a downsized vibe that would have made it a much better fit on an ABC Family than in a movie theater.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 8, 2011
    40
    This is intended as one of those kid's comeuppance stories, in which a new maturity is won through contact with salt-of-the-earth types and honest labor but is done with an almost total lack of charm.
  9. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Nov 8, 2011
    50
    The first strike against the movie is that the awkward and diminutive Sammi Hanratty is never even slightly convincing as an enviable teenage diva, and surely not as the most popular girl in school.
  10. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Nov 8, 2011
    40
    Content to be a typical piece of tween rural-versus-urban fluff from the old Hannah Montana: The Movie mold. Such lazy complacency is almost enough to make you see red.

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