Penelope

Penelope

Penelope
Penelope Wilhern (Christina Ricci), born to wealthy socialites (Catherine O'Hara and Richard E. Grant), is afflicted by a spell that can only be broken when she finds love (Hint: she has the snout of a pig!). Hidden away in her family's estate, the lonely girl meets a string of suitors in her parent's futile attempt to break the curse. Each eligible bachelor is enamored with Penelope and her sizable dowry; until her curse is revealed to them.<br /><br />A mischievous tabloid reporter wants a photograph of the mysterious Penelope and hires Max (James McAvoy) to pose as a prospective suitor to get the shot. But the handsome down-on-his luck gambler finds himself falling for Penelope.
101 minsUSA
ComedyDramaFantasy

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Variety

Variety

press

The whimsical ugly-duckling fable becomes more uneven as it proceeds, straining too hard to manufacture its quirky charms. But its message of self-acceptance might connect with tween girls daunted by unpretty adolescence.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

I can truthfully say that watching this abysmal fantasy-comedy is less rewarding than being slapped across the face with a large wet fish.

1.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Penelope’s about as convincingly ugly as Claudia Schiffer with sunburn, but that’s a small flaw in an otherwise lovely fairy tale.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

While the plot itself appears to have been cursed with some scenes stretched to breaking point, the theme of self-acceptance is sensitively played out and Penelope's predictable 'beauty is only skin deep' moment of realisation strikes a touching chord. But it's James McAvoy's irrepressible on-screen charm as likeable rogue/suitor Max, alongside welcome cameos from Nick Frost and Russell Brand, that manages to rescue this otherwise underwhelming fantasy from being a second-rate Shrek fable.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

The whimsical ugly-duckling fable becomes more uneven as it proceeds, straining too hard to manufacture its quirky charms. But its message of self-acceptance might connect with tween girls daunted by unpretty adolescence.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

I can truthfully say that watching this abysmal fantasy-comedy is less rewarding than being slapped across the face with a large wet fish.

1.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Penelope’s about as convincingly ugly as Claudia Schiffer with sunburn, but that’s a small flaw in an otherwise lovely fairy tale.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

While the plot itself appears to have been cursed with some scenes stretched to breaking point, the theme of self-acceptance is sensitively played out and Penelope's predictable 'beauty is only skin deep' moment of realisation strikes a touching chord. But it's James McAvoy's irrepressible on-screen charm as likeable rogue/suitor Max, alongside welcome cameos from Nick Frost and Russell Brand, that manages to rescue this otherwise underwhelming fantasy from being a second-rate Shrek fable.

3.0

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