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Enchanted Review

Movies.com Critics

4.5

Dave White Profile

… without too many annoying winks. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    75

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A sometimes clever, other times grating mix of live action and animation that plays tricks with levels of movie reality as the world of fairy-tale animation invades contemporary New York.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The very definition of charming.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    More important, it has a Disney willingness to allow fantasy into life, so New York seems to acquire a new playbook.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Enchanted is festooned with extravagant set pieces -- there's a great number in praise of romantic gestures, and a ballroom scene to make even grown-up girls swoon.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Adorable fairy tale is a fabulous family flick.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mostly live-action Disney fairy tale will appeal to kids -- even very young ones -- who have seen the many trailers and TV ads. Like most Disney flicks, the romance is chaste (a few kisses), the violence is mild (though the climactic battle with a dragon at the end could scare some sensitive little ones), and the language isn't an issue. That said, there are quite a few product placements (not to mention the tie-ins to the whole Disney Princess juggernaut) and one scene of a character getting drunk at a bar.

  • Families can talk about what made kids want to see this movie -- the story or the advertising and Disney Princess marketing?
  • Why are Disney Princess products so popular?
  • Families can also discuss how this movie fits into the fairy tale genre. What other stories does it make references to?
  • How is the story different from other princess movies? Kids: Do you think Giselle made the right decision?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Sends the message that even though true love doesn't always come in a predictable "Prince Charming" package, your dreams can still come true.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Despite Giselle's differences, her enthusiasm and positive outlook are ultimately appreciated.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: A wicked witch tries to poison Giselle; Edward wields his sword against a troll and out and about in New York City (no one is hurt). Nathaniel takes out his frustrations on Pip, mostly to humorous effect. The queen transforms into a big, threatening dragon and tries to kill Giselle and Robert (after doing her best to do Giselle in via other means).

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: A few kisses, including "true love's kiss," and a scene of Giselle modestly coming out of the shower and getting wrapped in a towel. She also flirts/dances with Robert. Some dating/relationship innuendo that will go over kids' head.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Coke, I Love NY souvenir items, Mac laptop, Blackberry PDAs, Vipp traschan, Calypso, Prada, Elie Tahari, etc. (Giselle indulges in some prime retail therapy at one point). Plus, lots of tie-ins to the Disney Princess marketing machine.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Giselle is served an apple martini but doesn't drink it. A character gets sloshed at a bar.

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