Harriet the Spy (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Harriet the Spy (1996)



Critic Consensus: Harriet the Spy is a rapid-fire mystery movie that doesn't have much to offer beyond the two decent lead performances.

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Welcome to the spyhouse: The beloved novel by Louise Fitzhugh arrives on the screen as a study in prepubescent torment, although one with energy, good performances and some sturdy object lessons.

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Rosie O'Donnell
as Catherine Golly
J. Smith-Cameron
as Mrs. Welsch
Robert Joy
as Mr. Welsch
Eartha Kitt
as Agatha K. Plummer
Don Francks
as Harrison Withers
Charlotte Sullivan
as Marion Hawthorne
Teisha Kim
as Rachel Hennessy
Cecilley Carroll
as Beth Ellen Hansen
Dov Tiefenbach
as Boy With Purple Socks
Nina Shock
as Carrie Andrews
Conor Devitt
as Pinky Whitehead
Connor Devitt
as Pinky Whitehead
Alisha Morrison
as Laura Peters
Nancy Beatty
as Miss Elson
Eugene Lipinski
as George Waldenstein
Gerry Quigley
as Sport's Dad
Jackie Richardson
as Janie's Mother
Mercedes Enriquez
as Windchime Lady
Roland Kirouac
as Choreographer
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
as Bruno Hong Fat
Mung Ling Tsui
as Mrs. Hong Fat
Ho Chow
as Mr. Hong Fat
Byron Wong
as Frankie Hong Fat
Paul L.Q. Lee
as Bruno Hong Fat
Kim Lieu
as Paige Hong Fat
Kwok-Wing Leung
as Grandpa Hong Fat
Roger Clown
as Dr. Wagner
Jamie Jones
as Pickpocket
Bob Windsor
as Dog Delivery Guy
Tsui Mung-Ling
as Mrs, Hong Fat
Gladys O'Connor
as Woman With Purse
Vic Ho
as Acupuncturist
Roland Kirouac Jr.
as Choreographer
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Critic Reviews for Harriet the Spy

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (17)

A very draggy affair because Harriet's exploits are treated like an episodic laundry list.

February 9, 2002 | Full Review…

...in busily updating the '60s story for the more worldly '90s, the filmmakers have ended up, ironically, with a product much more naively juvenile than the original.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Harriet the Spy has real character in some of its details, but it never feels like much more than a low-budget TV show.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

...a tedious adaptation...

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/3 | Full Review…

There's a certain amateurish quality about Harriet the Spy, but it's more the TV-trained grownups behind the camera...than the pint-sized thespians in front of it.

January 1, 2000

The film's OK, a little thick with sensory overload, but it wasn't made for old guys like me.

January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Harriet the Spy

This is another movie that really inspired me when I was younger. Many people can relate to Harriet's problems in this movie, or have wanted to be spies like her at some point in their childhood. This is a good movie. Also, this movie is based on a great children's book.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

True to the book, but it's fitted more for kids, so my rating is based off how I interpret it.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Probably Michelle Trachtenberg's best performance. I thought this movie was okay as a kid, but now, I like it even better. I can't quite pinpoint the quality - perhaps it's the bluesy groove or Rosie O'Donnell's straightforward delivery of the life lessons.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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