Box art for Cinderella: Diamond Edition

Cinderella: Diamond Edition

  • Rated G
  • HD and SD formats available

anime & animation, children & family

Experience the magic of Cinderella, Walt Disney'sfairy tale classic.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 5
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
1 out of 5

Sweet fairy tale classic for little princes and princesses.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Disney classic is one that families can enjoy together. Kids will likely already be familiar with Cinderella and her Disney Princess colleagues due to a massive marketing effort behind the ladies; their images appear on everything from backpacks to toothpaste. As for other issues of concern, little ones might be upset by the wicked stepsisters and stepmom, who can be very mean and even destructive. In today's world of blended families, it might also be worth discussing that not all stepparents and siblings are mean. And Cinderella is the quintessential passive heroine rescued by a male character (in this case, the Prince), so discussions about her meekness might be in order.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how many people are troubled by the passive heroine, who meekly accepts her abusive situation and waits to be rescued. It's worth discussing, with both boys and girls, what some of her alternatives could have been ("If you were Cinderella, would you do what that mean lady told you?"), and making sure that they have some exposure to stories with heroines who save themselves.
  • Talk about how the women are depicted in the movie. What kinds of stereotypes about appearance and behavior do you notice? For younger kids: Why are the stepsisters ugly and Cinderella pretty? What would the story be like if Cinderella was ugly?
  • If you had a fairy godmother, what would you like her to do for you? Or would you like to be a fairy godmother? Whose wish would you grant?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Considering the army of craftsmen who work on a Disney cartoon film, it is hard to give individual credits, for the memorable qualities.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Fresh: This 1950 effort shows Disney at the tail end of his best period, when his backgrounds were still luminous with depth and detail and his incidental characters still had range and bite.

- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Fresh: When those little mice bust a gut trying to drag that key up hundreds of stairs in order to free Cinderella, I don't care how many Kubrick pictures you've seen, it's still exciting.

- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Cinderella is full of lush and beautiful animation. Too bad the story isn't as good. Not Disney's best but its not awful.

- mjgildea, Monday, November 15, 2010

4 stars

A childhood favourite and a classic!

- murphmann93, Friday, June 24, 2011