Miss Potter Reviews

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November 17, 2011
June 25, 2007
Much like star Renée Zellweger's portrayal of its famous title character, Miss Potter is a strange, split-personality kind of thing.
March 21, 2007
Something of a muddle....The level of social criticism and psychological portraiture shifts from Howard's End to Mary Poppins.
March 17, 2007
Enchanting, perhaps, but a long, long way from meaningful.
March 17, 2007
Miss Potter is not a bad film, but it is a more tepid treatment than the facts of her life would seem to call for. Beatrix Potter deserves better.
March 16, 2007
It's buttoned-up to a fault, as proper as clotted cream, and at times as exciting.
March 15, 2007
Much as I admire this plucky child of privilege, who was 36 when she became a best-selling author in 1902, I didn't find her life compelling in this version by screenwriter Richard Maltby Jr. and director Chris Noonan.
March 15, 2007
Even a third-act tragedy can't taint the picture's perpetual cheeriness -- which works fine when Miss Potter functions as a wholesome family film and not so well when it strives for some measure of dramatic heft.
March 9, 2007
One of those films that commits few egregious errors, but scales few real heights. There is nothing either terribly wrong or keenly right about it. It's tidy, I suppose.
March 9, 2007
Noonan's depiction of Beatrix's characters, brought to life with whimsical animation, is more lively than the rest of this prim, proper and rarely engaging movie.
March 9, 2007
If a sorcerer could raise Benjamin Bunny and Flopsy Rabbit from the pages of Potter's books and transform them into human females, the creatures likely would favor Renee Zellweger.
March 8, 2007
If the source material is soft, the film then takes another punch with the casting of Renée Zellweger in the title role. She overflows with tics and twitches that make the author seem vaguely deranged.
February 3, 2007
Unbearably, the script accommodates a quaking courtship between the slightly dotty Potter and her devoted young publisher, ho exchange romantic byplay such as, "You and rabbits -- extraordinary!" and "I recently remembered a story...about a duck!"
January 30, 2007
Even the extremely simple 'Peter Rabbit' has more going on than this.
January 20, 2007
A seriously disjointed biopic on Potter's personal and professional life that desperately yearns to be another Finding Neverland but winds up as an anemic nothing of a film.
January 16, 2007
A grave disappointment.
January 12, 2007
The thinness shows -- there isn't much of a story. Beatrix starts out as a feisty, idiosyncratic, talented gal and, save for a momentary lapse after a brush with tragedy, remains so right to the end of the bunny trail.
January 12, 2007
Miss Potter gives us only the bedtime version of the Beatrix Potter story, perhaps appropriately so given the subject matter and target audience, which will likely be captivated by the film's undemanding narrative.
January 12, 2007
Renee Zellweger's pretentious and unconvincing portrayal of Beatrix Potter doesn't help much to endear the viewer to the artist.
January 12, 2007
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