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  • Summary: Shy teenager Mia Thermopolis (Hathaway) is thrown for a loop when, from out of the blue, she learns the astonishing news that she's a real-life princess! As the heir apparent to the crown of the small European principality of Genovia, Mia begins a comical journey towards the throne when her strict and formidable grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Andrews), shows up to give her "princess lessons." (Walt Disney Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. This charming, if unnecessarily coronation-length production gets the duckling-to-swan ambivalence just right.
  2. A rarity: A fun, entertaining 'G' movie.
  3. Entertaining and pleasing for children and parents, and not in the schizophrenic way of most kid's movies, which toss naughty in-jokes over the kiddies' heads.
  4. This innocuous, frothy fairy tale isn't so off-putting as you might imagine, thanks in large part to Andrews' ageless charm.
  5. Prepubescent girls might get a few safe giggles while others around them are yawning.
  6. Reviewed by: Joan Anderman
    50
    Unfortunately, the filmmakers seem to have forgotten that comedy is a requisite feature in a comedy.
  7. 20
    Such weak medicine. Sure enough, it goes down. Keeping it down is another matter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 41
  2. Negative: 8 out of 41
  1. Feb 24, 2011
    9
    What a great movie for young girls and grown ups alike! Good clean comedy is very refreshing!!! I would recommend this movie to anyone wanting a good heartfelt comedy!! Expand
  2. Jun 26, 2013
    8
    Just a great movie that really shined all around. It was just funny and sweet. There isn't much more to say than it was pleasant and charming to watch. The cast was great! Expand
  3. Nov 4, 2013
    8
    I thought I was highly entertaining and humorous! Wholesome family entertainment we shared by all! A wel thought out comedy romance that only Disney could do! Expand
  4. Apr 3, 2012
    7
    The movie is good. Manages to wring some originality out of its fairy-tale plot. It is an ideal family entertainment that doesn't deserve to be viewed on a critical level. Expand
  5. Jan 31, 2013
    6
    Entertaining movie with a good plot and some funny scenes.
  6. Nov 12, 2012
    3
    A recycled plot along with a string of other cliches make for a film that's a one-trick pony. Princess Diaries is only here to make pre-teen girls squeal, and that's all it does. Expand

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