The Lizzie McGuire Movie Maybe Hilary Duff's split from Disney was a good thing after all. Sure, Lizzie's debut feature about a class trip to Rome made a totally… The Lizzie McGuire Movie Maybe Hilary Duff's split from Disney was a good thing after all. Sure, Lizzie's debut feature about a class trip to Rome made a totally…
DVD Review

The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

Hilary Duff, Yani Gellman, ... | SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Ex-Disney chick Duff goes on a Roman holiday in the ''Lizzie'' movie
Image credit: The Lizzie McGuire Movie: Philippe Antonello
SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Ex-Disney chick Duff goes on a Roman holiday in the ''Lizzie'' movie
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 12, 2003; DVD Release Date: Aug 12, 2003; Movie Rated: PG; Genres: Comedy, Kids and Family; With: Hilary Duff; Distributor: Walt Disney Productions

Maybe Hilary Duff's split from Disney was a good thing after all. Sure, Lizzie's debut feature about a class trip to Rome made a totally cool! (insert giggles here) $42 million at the box office, and conjures a sparkling glitterscape of tween dreams that would make Tinkerbell beam. Die-hard Duffites will also relish The Lizzie McGuire Movie's goody bag of DVD extras, like the making-of short in which the starlet gushes over how ''creative'' the on-location shoot was.

But Lizzie's Big Adventure is so loyal to its small-screen source (the series' actors all reprise their roles here) that the movie plays like an ABC Family flick stretched bare to fit the big screen. Duff is charming, no doubt, but her energy is flattened by such two-dimensional, sitcomy crutches as f-f-forced st-st-stuttering to convey the entire emotional spectrum. Just let the girl cut loose, already! And really, is there anyone out there who still buys the perfectly coiffed, lip-glossed, and hip-huggered Duff as an awkward, unpopular teen? That idea is so over the Hil.

Originally posted Aug 12, 2003 Published in issue #723 Aug 15, 2003 Order article reprints
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