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Miss Potter

Biography . Romance . Family . Drama

The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success.

Actors: Phyllida Law , David Bamber , Anton Lesser , Lloyd Owen , Matyelok Gibbs , Bill Paterson , Barbara Flynn , Emily Watson , Renée Zellweger , Ewan McGregor
Directors: Chris Noonan
Country: UK , USA , ISLE OF MAN
Release: 2007-03-09
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  • Mick LaSalle

    In every way, Miss Potter is a very beautiful thing.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    It's first-class entertainment for bookish lads and lasses of all ages - and for those who never have or never will crack a paperback's spine. And it might inspire today's nascent artists to open up their sketch-pads as well as their hearts and minds.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    In addition to being a beloved author and illustrator, Beatrix is also presented as an early feminist and environmentalist who took control of her literary empire and saved vast acres of luscious farmland from greedy developers, eventually bequeathing property to Britain's National Trust.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It is a lovely film for the holiday season, as well as afterward, and is reminiscent of "Finding Neverland," without the darker undercurrents.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    With its lack of pretensions, Miss Potter is that rare breed of cinematic animal: a movie whose entire goal is to entertain and perhaps apply a gentle touch to the heart.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Miss Potter, right to the end, is the definition of a "nice" movie, and that makes it a genuine oddball in a universe of increasingly distressed and uncivilized pop culture.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • William Arnold

    In many ways, a magical little movie in its own right, and a thoroughly pleasant experience.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    A very gentle-spirited picture, but it's not a self-consciously precious one. Full Review
  • Richard Corliss/Richard Schickel

    The director, Chris Noonan, doesn't play to our sentiments, he just lets them naturally evolve--even the animation of a few of her (Potter's) drawings doesn't feel especially forced. The result is an honorable and curiously winning film.

    Time Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    A scenic, well-behaved account of Potter's life and times.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Maybe Miss Potter will be best appreciated on video when you will intuitively know when to turn it off. On the other hand, Potter's pastel illustrations, which often come to life to her and to the camera's eye, deserve the larger canvas. Tough call.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    At 92 minutes, the film has the economy of a Potter story, but not the shapeliness or the zip.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Endearing without being especially engaging.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    With its tasteful palette and twee charm, Miss Potter is the china plate of movies, a Peter Rabbit collectible entirely suitable for mounting on the nursery wall.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    The problem confronting writer Richard Maltby Jr. and director Chris Noonan is that Potter lived a fairly uneventful life once you remove her success as an author.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Pitched awkwardly -- neither for children nor cool young adults -- it's very sweet, very nice and just the thing for a girlie matinée with mum and nan.

    Empire Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Miss Potter hardly deserves ridicule. It's sweet with lovely Lake District vistas and a heartfelt endorsement of land conservation. It will certainly play well with older audiences and the kind of adolescent girls who draw faces in their O's.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Robert Koehler

    Renee Zellweger, in another Blighty role, struggles to make Beatrix credible.

    Variety Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Zellweger dusts off her Bridget Jones accent - and a constellation of annoying vocal and facial tics - for Miss Potter, an unrelentingly mediocre, TV-movieish biopic of beloved children's author Beatrix Potter.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The immediate problem with making a movie based on Potter's life is that it doesn't seem to have been very interesting.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Josh Rosenblatt

    Miss Potter is, in the end, a confection, a trip through the imagination on gossamer wings. Enchanting, perhaps, but a long, long way from meaningful.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    By most accounts, Potter was a serious workaholic monomaniacally devoted to the purity of her vision. Undaunted, Noonan and Maltby are determined to squeeze her life into a run-of-the-mill romance in which love heals all wounds.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    The movie is at once a flagrant piece of kitsch and an unexpectedly affecting story about an individual overcoming personal tragedy and brutally restrictive circumstances by talent and force of will.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    This much sweetness and light in a movie is all very well. But there's a reason that recipes for cake and cookies call for a pinch of salt. In Miss Potter, there is only a grain or two -- not enough to dilute the sugary overload. The film is the cinematic equivalent of a delicate English tea cake whose substance is buried under too many layers of icing.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Zellweger is certainly likable as Beatrix, but as an upper-class English lady of a century ago, she enunciates her words as if sucking a lemon -- you almost start to wonder if you've stumbled into a satire of "Masterpiece Theatre."

    Washington Post Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The twee romance was too much for me, though the movie's first half follows in fascinating detail the innovations Warne introduced to popularize illustrated picture books for children.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    "Potter" periodically brings Zellweger's charming drawings to life in elegantly animated sequences that are as delightful and lyrical as the rest of the film is stilted and clumsy.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Miss Potter is a grave disappointment, because it never listens out for that note. It is a soft, woolly film about a smart, unsentimental woman who did constant battle with her frustrations.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    This attractive, superficial stab at biography, with Renée Zellweger in the title role, is more concerned with a lonely woman's quest for acceptance and love than with an author's worldly achievements.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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