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Reviews: Cinderella (2015)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Branagh tries like hell to breathe new life into this musty old tale, tossing in little asides and jokes here and there (as he does in his Shakespeare films), and even coming up with a good sequence or two. But it’s such a rote recitation of a story we’ve heard a thousand times that it’s hard to imagine why on earth they’re telling it to us again.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: In all sorts of ways just like these, Branagh and his classicist impulses work to rediscover the simple powers of this creaky old tale. No, Cinderella is not a reinvention but the story feels more exciting than it has in ages.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
    • Excerpt: a film so pronouncedly square and resolutely mimed that it could only possibly feel relevant to those severely and distantly removed from the classic fairy tale.
  • Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: I suppose I just wasn’t wowed by it. “Cinderella” was exactly what I expected, which means it lived up to my expectations.
  • Robert Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local
    • Excerpt: Reviews of Cinderella and Run All Night with WCCO Minnesota host John Hines.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Un cuento tradicional que encuentra todo su poder de atracción en el respeto a las formas tradicionales.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: While the heroine’s disinclination to stand up for herself doesn’t relay the most feminist agenda, the maternal advice she lives by, to ‘have courage and be kind,’ is a message no one could fault. Director Kenneth Branagh once again surprises…conjuring some real movie magic in climactic scenes.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Visualmente muy elegante, pero el guión no es nada bueno.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Its goal is simply to tell this story without much embellishment or distraction but, more importantly, to tell it with plenty of care and admiration.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: The live-action ‘Cinderella’ captures all the magic of Disney’s animated classic from its beautiful look to its fairy-tale characters. And ‘Frozen Fever’ is an entertaining follow-up to the 2013 feature that still has people singing its praises.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Elegant, enchanting re-imagining of the romantic folk tale for the 21st century…
  • Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
    • Excerpt: Ssuch a gallant anachronism, such a grandly unreconstructed throwback, that it offers, without ever raising its voice, a ringing cross-examination of our whole era of dark, gritty fairy-tale revisionism.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: By holding fast to the notion that Cinderella is first and foremost the epitome of virtue, they have fashioned a heroine of female empowerment that is laudable simply because she is a compassionate human being. The concept is revolutionary.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A product of the Disney princess machine. Its highest ambition is to move a new line of toys. Or to evoke despair in the fairy-tale-ization of girls’ lives.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Cinderella plays it overly-safe in transitioning from cartoon-to-live-action but is sure to entertain Disney’s go-to juice box crowd.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Sparklingly pretty and frothy, completely sincere without a wink of post-modern snark, “Cinderella” still holds very few surprises.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
    • Excerpt: Kenneth Branagh elegantly dresses up a formulaic fairy tale
  • Dan Lybarger @ ArkansasOnline.com
    • Excerpt: Let’s be thankful the people commissioned to retell the fairy tale didn’t treat it as a moldy relic.
  • [New – 10/1/15] | Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Not quite a perfect fit…
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Cinderella could easily play side by side with its animated sister and offer the exact same thing. The animated film virtually serves as a storyboard to this return to Cinderella, which is both the film’s success and its failing.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: An elaborate, vividly designed and gorgeously-detailed version of the familiar Cinderella story, Disney’s 2015 live-action update of their 1950 animated feature is a winner. Director Kenneth Branagh brings the same craft and reverence for the material that made his Thor feature work so well, and the result is a modern day fairy tale that respects its origins, and works all the better for it.
  • Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: No geral foi um filme fácil de ver que surpreendentemente agradará mais aos adultos pelas memórias do que aos pequenos que estão a ver pela primeira, mas sem afastar ninguém.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Sturdy as a brick lighthouse, Kenneth Branagh’s live-action rendition of this timeless fairy tale is nothing less than exquisite.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: The glorious royal ball sequence almost took my breath away!
  • Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground
  • George Zervopoulos @ www.moviesltd.gr [Greek]
Updated: October 1, 2015 — 9:39 pm
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