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Cinderella

7/10
Romance . Fantasy . Family . Drama
 

When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger in the woods.

 
Actors: Derek Jacobi , Nonso Anozie , Stellan Skarsgård , Hayley Atwell , Sophie McShera , Holliday Grainger , Helena Bonham Carter , Richard Madden , Cate Blanchett , Lily James
Directors: Kenneth Branagh
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2015-03-13
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  • Lawrence Toppman

    As a picture that celebrates one of the greatest archetypes in literature while freshening countless familiar details, I doubt it can be bettered.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Katy Waldman

    With his live-action retelling of Cinderella, director Kenneth Branagh accomplishes a wonderful bit of spellwork: He manages to de-toxify Disney’s flagship fairy tale without overcorrecting away its prettiness, sincerity, or charm.

    Slate Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Nearly a century after that black-and-white cartoon short, and 65 years after a “classic” animated feature that missed the mark, Disney finally got Cinderella right — for now and, happily, ever after.

    Time Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    As pure of heart as its heroine, Cinderella floats across the screen like a gossamer confection, full of elegant beauty and quiet grace.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Like all of Branagh's films, even some of the bad ones, Cinderella is practically Wagnerian in its ambitions — it's so swaggering in its confidence that at times it almost commands us to like it. But it's also unexpectedly delicate in all the right ways, and uncompromisingly beautiful to look at.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Cinderella is a wonderfully realized family feature that retains the strengths of its source material while at the same time updating it for today's audiences.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Nathalie Atkinson

    Like its titular fairy tale heroine, Cinderella is sincere, not an ironic bone in it.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The world didn’t need yet another Cinderella story, but the one we got is one of the best versions ever put on film.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    With no sheen of reflexivity, and no in-jokey admission of its hokiness to hide behind, can this non-ironic un-re-invention possibly work? Actually, yes it can, and does surprisingly well, by approaching the story with a sincerity and sweetness that defy cynicism, and by casting Cate Blanchett.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • James Mottram

    Loving and lavish, Kenneth Branagh’s take will please traditionalists more than revisionists, but there’s enough here to enchant both young and old.

    Total Film Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Screenwriter Chris Weitz embraces both the magic and the humanity of the classic fairy tale. He underlines the virtues of kindness and courage in a heroine right out of the pages of a traditional storybook, who gradually reveals the qualities of a self-possessed modern girl.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    Mention must be made of James’ guileless turn as Cinderella. Like the beautiful crystalline-blue ballgown worn in the film’s centerpiece section (you can’t take your eyes off it; it literally dazzles), she looks as if she’s lit from within.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    There’s a lot to like about director Kenneth Branagh’s gorgeously fanciful tale.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Gregory Ellwood

    It's hard for any actor or director to pull off love at first sight, but Branagh is lucky enough that James and Madden have just enough genuine on screen chemistry to make you at least want to believe it's possible.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Although James and Madden are no Fred and Ginger when it comes time for the fabled ball, her breathy swoons and glitter-splashed décolletage and his personable imperviousness bode well for the couple's future.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    With its vibrant sparkle and enchanting visuals, Cinderella almost makes you believe in magic.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Cinderella — the new, live-action Cinderella, that is — is an attempt by the Mouse House to revive one of Walt’s oldest fairy-tale adaptations with care and class and modernity and timelessness.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Still, you can’t fault a family entertainment extravaganza too much if it actually goes out of its way to integrate the ensemble of a fairy tale in an Old World European setting with a diverse array of supporting players. Branagh deserves an extra bravo just for that. And we mean it sincerely.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Branagh's regular composer, Patrick Doyle, delivers a persistent dribbling stream of forgettable mood music, and that's too bad; most of the scenes are acted so well, you don't want anything competing with them.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Blanchett manages to project the idea that there’s more to this woman than mere banal evil. Cinderella may well be the heroine of this story, but if you wanted someone to have a few drinks with, you’d pick her stepmother in a heartbeat.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The fizzy cocktail combination of Blanchett’s cartoonish hauteur and Branagh’s visual razzle-dazzle and confectionary sets (courtesy of the legendary Dante Ferretti) manages to take a tale as wheezy as Cinderella and make it feel almost magical again.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Count Cinderella as a dazzling dream of a movie from director Kenneth Branagh, who can leap from the Bard (Henry V) to the boffo (Thor) with no apparent sweat.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Every generation gets a new one, and this time, replete with computer graphics and singing mice, Kenneth Branagh has created a live-action fairy tale that pulls out every stop and spares no expense.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Disney’s new live-action version is for the most part beguilingly good, even though it’s no replacement for the studio’s 1950 animated classic.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's beautiful to behold and wears its magic on its well-appointed sleeves, daring the audience to crack wise.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Lee Marshall

    A delightfully clear-eyed adaptation of Charles Perrault’s fable of goodness triumphing over adversity, which brings psychological depth to characters like Cate Blanchett’s magnificent, believable stepmother.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Indeed, there is barely a frame of Branagh’s film that would cause Uncle Walt to finger his mustache with disquiet.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Though this Cinderella could never replace Disney’s animated classic, it’s no ugly stepsister either, but a deserving companion.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The result is more of an illustrated storybook of a cherished classic than a living thing in its own right.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    A retrograde fantasy with the depth of a dressing-up box, but it’s spirited, genuinely funny and played to the hilt by an excellent cast.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    An enchantment, plain and simple. And while it won't make many forget Disney's iconic animated version, it certainly joins it as one of the more enjoyable re-tellings of this classic tale.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Branagh, working from a script by Chris Weitz, gives the film emotional heft. James’ performance — never saccharine, often staunchly independent — makes the story’s more regressive elements float away.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Patrick Gamble

    Despite Blanchett's resplendent performance and the comforting assurances that are inherent with any excursion into the reliably innocuous Disney universe it's tough to overlook the fact that there's something depressingly antiquated about Branagh's dazzling fairytale and its regressive sexual politics.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    Very little is out of place in Branagh’s do-over, but that’s almost a problem: there’s a feeling, throughout, of going perfectly through the motions. The film is all smoothly-operated crane shots, excellent hair, gleaming teeth. Originality is the glass slipper it never even tries on.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    It’s all very sweet and harmless, though you can’t help wishing that Cinders got her happy ending for more than being kind to her digital mice and weathering a lot of crap with a never-ending smile on her face.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Branagh and Weitz stick lovingly to the legend throughout; and while it might have been nice to see the new-model Cinderella follow Frozen’s progressive, quasi-feminist lead, the film’s naff, preserved-in-amber romanticism is its very charm.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    This Cinderella is achingly old-fashioned, with scant humor, a regressive heroine and godmother effects that aren't special.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Clothed in a colorful mishmash of historical fashions and scored to sweeping strings, the movie is like an antique cut-crystal vase: gorgeous, fragile, empty.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The curious thing about this new Cinderella is that every old and familiar element is done beautifully.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Branagh’s ascension into big-budget studio directing largely remains a mystery, and there’s little in Cinderella beyond its faces and gowns that captures the eye or the imagination.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    This Cinderella is all dressed up with nowhere very interesting to go.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    In the quest to purge this Cinderella of anything sly or post-modern, though, the filmmakers have eliminated any wit or distinction, making this a pre-modern disappointment.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    For all its gossamer, gauze, filigree and refinement, Cinderella drags when it should skip as lightly as its title character when she’s late getting home from the ball.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Genevieve Koski

    Most of Cinderella’s costuming and production design takes a “glitter first, taste second” approach that embodies the film’s cotton-candy style of filmmaking: a heady sugar-rush in the moment, but empty and a little nauseating over the long haul.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The filmmakers cut the film to emphasize the story's familiar plot points, rather than highlight any instances of personal visual artistry.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The pre-teen girls this is intended for have a right to expect more laughs, broader villainy and more fun. This time out, the glass slipper doesn’t fit.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Cinderella is so scrubbed of personality, it’s not even worth calling a mess.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
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