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Penelope Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… raspberry-filled and covered in gooey ganache. Read full review

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Is there anything more dull than an ineptly cynical fairy tale?

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Penelope was in a trough of trouble before the oink on the script was dry.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though the film has a strong cast, humor and a satirical take on celebrity culture, the story is spotty.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The result is an entertaining comedy for young girls and older girls who still like a good romantic fable.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Offbeat romantic comedy is sweet but lightweight.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fairy-tale-like film has a lot of heart. There's not much iffy content (a bit of drinking and innuendo is the bulk of it), and the main character is devoted to discovering her own identity and making peace with her circumstances, though it's sometimes hard for her to overcome her shame. Her parents -- especially her mother -- can't seem to accept her as she is, which could be upsetting for some younger viewers. But in the end (naturally), everything wraps up nicely.

  • Families can talk about how this movie is like a fairy tale. What does it have in common with more traditional "once upon a time" stories? How is it different? What lesson do Penelope and her family learn from their curse? Are the men's reactions to Penelope understandable or reprehensible? What shapes their expectations of how a woman ought to look?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Men -- and most of society, for that matter -- shun a woman for looking different. A man lies to get the chance to make money to pay gambling debts. A reporter devotes himself to digging up dirt that destroys a family. A main character runs away, hurting those left behind. A mother fixates on her daughter's looks. All of that said, though, the film has lots of heart.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Men are cruel to Penelope when they see her face to face, and a guard has to tackle some of the suitors who run away. Max has a screaming fight with Lemon, who, in an earlier scene, gets injured for being too zealous at his scandal-seeking job.

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    Sex: Lots of romance, but no sex (at least none shown). Some innuendo and kissing.

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    Language: Rare use of words like "damn" and "hell."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some beer drinking in a bar (Penelope has her first taste and enjoys it) and elsewhere. Incidental smoking.