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A Cinderella Story

Romance . Family . Comedy

Sam Montgomery is a tomboyish, unpopular girl at school. She has been text messaging a somebody named Nomad for a few months and he asks her to meet him at the Halloween dance at 11:00 in the middle of the dance floor. The only problem is, she must get back to the diner, ran by her wicked Stepmom Fiona by 12 sharp because she is not supposed to be there. Before Nomad can found out who she is, she must leave with her best friend, Carter driving her back to the diner. After that night, everything in Sam's life goes wacko!

Actors: Chad Michael Murray , Jennifer Coolidge , Hilary Duff , Julie Gonzalo , Regina King , Dan Byrd , Lin Shaye , Madeline Zima , Andrea Avery , Mary Pat Gleason
Directors: Mark Rosman
Country: USA , CANADA
Release: 2004-07-16
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  • Carrie Rickey

    A mostly charmless affair.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Carla Meyer

    It's not a terrible movie, just a disappointingly pleasant one.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Deeply, proudly average..."Mean Girls" it's not; a plastic butter knife has more edge. But sometimes it's nice to know your kids won't cut their fingers.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Angel Cohn

    The supporting cast's comic abilities smooth over many -- if not all -- of the movie's flaws.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    When not unnecessarily bland, synthetic, and indistinguishable from undistinguished teen TV, A Cinderella Story is unnecessarily coarse and dumbed down, with every character except Sam and Austin subject to perfunctory ridicule.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Anna Smith

    This is simple, lazy storytelling rendered merely functional by appealing leads and the eternal lure of romantic fantasy.

    Empire Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Under the charmless direction of Mark Rosman, the actors seem to be frozen at the rehearsal stage, with the blessed exception of a sublimely funny Jennifer Coolidge as the Botoxed horror of a stepmother.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Jennifer Snow

    The film lacks the guiltily pleasurable panache (and punch) of other recent chickadee flicks posited as protofeminist fairy tales.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kevin Crust

    Unfortunately, "Cinderella" feels like a pro forma TV movie from the get-go and relies almost entirely on Duff's likability to hold the audience's attention.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Allison Benedikt

    Of all the teen performers out there, Duff has to be the blandest (especially since the Olsens hit the skids).

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    The only intriguing character is the manager of the diner (and de facto fairy godmother), played by Regina King.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Megan Lehmann

    Not as vile as "Sleepover," nor as tangy as "Mean Girls."

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    Desperately conceived by even the most insipid standards of contemporary teen-queen cinema, A Cinderella Story operates under a rotting pumpkin of a supposition.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    The story is without an original thought, the characters little more than caricatures (unappealing ones, at that) and the filmmaking so uninspired that it's hard to imagine anyone embracing it with anything more than a shrug and a wonder why they didn't wait to catch it on TV.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    From its uninspiring title -- and certain turnoff for young males -- to its limp slapstick and uneven acting, A Cinderella Story arrives with a dull thud.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    A Cinderella Story banks far too heavily on its audience's affection for Duff, who's dreadful in a terrible role.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    Duff isn't exactly known for complex fare, but even "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" was way better than this.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Even for a fairy tale, A Cinderella Story, directed by Mark Rosman from a screenplay by Leigh Dunlap, fails to make sense.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Having defused the fairy tale, first-time screenwriter Leigh Dunlap pads this out to 96 minutes with stale high school politics and the usual claptrap about believing in yourself.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's probably the movie event of the summer if you're an eight-year-old girl who doesn't get out much.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A terrible movie, sappy and dead in the water.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Even the delightful Duff disappoints.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    The sort of entertainment that makes you happy to be grown up and able to avoid the current onslaught of trite, lazy, unimaginative films aimed at tween-agers.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jason Anderson

    A Cinderella Story has little of the smarts that distinguished this spring's big teen hit, "Mean Girls", which starred Duff's arch-rival, Lindsay Lohan. Whereas that film presented a genuinely complex and enjoyably snarky portrait of modern teen life, this effort is content to be another candy-coloured fantasy.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Winda Benedetti

    Perhaps worst of all, this film seems to assume its teen viewers are a bunch of drooling half-wits, going to great pains to explain everything in so much after-school-special detail.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    It isn't all the actors' faults, of course. You can't, ahem, turn straw into gold, and straw – dull, brittle, lousy to taste – is entirely what director Mark Rosman and first-time screenwriter Leigh Dunlap deliver.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    They took the most famous tale in the world and broke it.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    At worst, it’s an insult even to the intelligence of 12-year olds.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    It is horrible. Time curls up and dies while this Hilary Duff vehicle wheels its weary, conventional way along.

    Washington Post Full Review
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