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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 herShy 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. 75
    Isn't always perfect. But it fills an empty spot in the hearts of girls of all ages who have been pining all summer for a movie like this.
  4. The director is Garry Marshall, but The Princess Diaries is no where near as nauseating a fairy tale as Marshall's "Pretty Woman."
  5. Reviewed by: Joan Anderman
    50
    Unfortunately, the filmmakers seem to have forgotten that comedy is a requisite feature in a comedy.
  6. 50
    Occasionally funny but more often hackneyed, schmaltzy, predictable and overdone fairy tale that seems longer than 100 choruses of ''Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."
  7. 20
    Such weak medicine. Sure enough, it goes down. Keeping it down is another matter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 42
  2. Negative: 8 out of 42
  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 anyoneWhat 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 charmingJust 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 onlyI 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 toThe 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. WillH.
    Aug 10, 2004
    1
    Where was the swearing and sexual innuendos?!?! Seriously, this movie was terrible. How any particular group of people, including 10 year old Where was the swearing and sexual innuendos?!?! Seriously, this movie was terrible. How any particular group of people, including 10 year old girls, can sit through movies like this astounds me. Expand

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