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The hoot and giggle of a girl-power fairy tale blended from potions of ''Monty Python,'' ''Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,'' and ''Shrek.''
New York Daily News
As an alternative to the slick, instantly forgettable fare usually made for kids and preteens, Ella Enchanted brings a little bit of magic to the multiplex.
Offers considerable charm and an obvious desire to please.
The glue that holds the sweet teen-fantasy together is star Anne Hathaway, who continues to evolve into a luminous young lead.
Transpires in a somewhat chintzy fantasy kingdom lousy with more cameos than your typical Love Boat season.
While the lovers here are sweetly believable, the film's murky giants-alongside-man effects shots are strictly Darby OGill and the Little People.
Los Angeles Times
Likely to cast its spell primarily on adolescent girls, while their elders might well find it more than a little tedious in its familiarity and artificiality.
New York Post
An ugly-looking mismash of a fairytale.
The Hollywood Reporter
Nothing un-beguiles a fairy tale more than forced whimsy and labored magic, which is precisely what plagues Ella Enchanted.
The result is an unappealing mess, made less bearable by uniformly lackluster performances and the cheesy special effects.
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