Box art for Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

romance


This Cinderella is far from a victim. Much to her stepmother's demise, Danielle's independence and intelligence attract the love of the prince.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    90%
  • Audience Score
    84%

common sense

ON for kids age 8
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Charming take on Cinderella tale has strong heroine.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this version of the Cinderella story is darker than Disney's -- it doesn't shy away from the nastiness that pervades the relationship between the stepmother and Cinderella (here known as Danielle) -- but it's also far more inspiring and empowering. Though Danielle is in dire straits, she isn't in desperate need of rescuing and is actually the one who stands up for others' rights. Younger kids may be disturbed by some characters' excessive, non-cartoonish meanness, but much of that is mitigated by the great storytelling and sweet romance, which tweens and older will enjoy. Expect some fistfights and swordplay, a sad on-screen death, plus some language ("horses--t" and some muttered, hard-to-hear "f--k"s, which were edited out of the PG-rated version that was released on VHS but remain in the PG-13 version that was released theatrically and on DVD).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how this movie differs from more traditional versions of the Cinderella story. is its central message different as well?
  • Does the stepmother truly not love Danielle? Is the feeling mutual? Why does Danielle still seek her love?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"You are the only mother I have ever known. Was there ever a time, even in its smallest measurement, that you loved me at all? - How can anyone love a pebble in their shoe?" Ok. 'Ever After' is a film that I thought I would not be seeing anytime here. On my lifetime that is. But I did. And I actually liked it a bit. Everyone who knows something about good stories in books or cinema, should've heard about Cinderella and her glass shoe. The Disney animation is a classic that will always be remembered but I can't actually recall seeing a film about it with real actors in it. Anyways, I'm not gonna go into the story that much because all of you know how it will all end. The only interesting question here is that how much tears will it jerk out of you? And will the shoe fit? Oh, that one you should know... 'Ever After' has a lot of talent in it. Anjelica Huston and Drew Barrymore, most known of her marriage with the great Tom Green (or was it something else..?), are well known names. I especially enoyed watching Huston work. Perfect in her role as the stepmother. Barrymore is cute as hell in her role and delivers a nice performance as well. What the hell was Leonardo da Vinci doing in the movie and why was he speaking english as if it was his mother tongue? Shouldn't he be in Italy painting The Last Supper or Mona Lisa or inventing stuff? I really don't like it when filmmakers try to combine different persons, actual or fictive, and try to create something nifty. But otherwise, 'Ever After' is a nice movie. Emphasis on the word "nice". The movie will deliver laughter and tears. For me only laughter but I'm sure that those of you who haven't had enough of romance will surely cry their eyes out at the end. Why 3 stars then, you may ask? Here's the reason. Like I said, it was nice and I really liked the King. "Off... With his head..." (The King half asleep)

- TheMachinist, Friday, February 19, 2010

3 stars

Liked it.

- 3niR, Saturday, February 6, 2010

4 stars

I didnt think Id like this movie but I did

- dukeakasmudge, Sunday, October 25, 2009