Penelope Is there anything more dull than an ineptly cynical fairy tale? As Penelope, an aristocratic brat who's the victim of a family curse (and no,… Penelope Is there anything more dull than an ineptly cynical fairy tale? As Penelope, an aristocratic brat who's the victim of a family curse (and no,… 2008-02-29 PG PT103M Comedy Drama Sci-fi and Fantasy James McAvoy Christina Ricci Peter Dinklage Catherine O'Hara Reese Witherspoon Summit Entertainment
Movie Review

Penelope (2008)

MPAA Rating: PG
Reese Witherspoon, Penelope | [SNORT] Reese Witherspoon can't believe she's in this horrid movie
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[SNORT] Reese Witherspoon can't believe she's in this horrid movie
EW's GRADE
F

Details Limited Release: Feb 29, 2008; Rated: PG; Length: 103 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: James McAvoy and Christina Ricci; Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Is there anything more dull than an ineptly cynical fairy tale? As Penelope, an aristocratic brat who's the victim of a family curse (and no, it's not the egregious overacting of Catherine O'Hara and Richard E. Grant as her parents), Christina Ricci plays a girl with the nose of a pig. Sadly, the actress is so charmless in Penelope that we can't look at her and see inner beauty. She's just a snouted cipher. Escaping the prison of her family mansion, Penelope becomes a tabloid superstar freak in a plot that grinds along with a camp garishness that leaves one not merely bored but disenchanted. F

Originally posted Feb 26, 2008 Published in issue #981 Mar 07, 2008 Order article reprints