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
Positive role models
3 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
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 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

4 stars

I loved this movie when I was younger. It's a great Cinderella story, full of wonder, magic, and romance. The costumes and settings are beautiful. The story is good, and so is the acting. I recommend it.

- ajv2688, Monday, November 21, 2011

4 stars

I loved this movie when I was younger. It's a great Cinderella story, full of wonder, magic, and romance. The costumes and settings are beautiful. The story is good, and so is the acting. I recommend it.

- ajv2688, Monday, November 21, 2011

3 stars

Often lacks the plausibility and seriousness that the premise suggests but the chemistry between Barrymore and Scott just shines with an incredibly well written script. Ultimately it wins us over with it's unrelenting charm and wit. Where Disney's version relied on actual magic and animated impossibilities, the magic in this film comes from it's fun, emotion and uplifting qualities. In the end it's a harmless romance that works through n' through despite the fact that many feel it's merely a re-telling. A well made chick-flick.

- fb535316333, Tuesday, May 31, 2011