Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ever After: A Cinderella Story1998

Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)



Critic Consensus: Ever After is a sweet, frothy twist on the ancient fable, led by a solid turn from star Barrymore.

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Andy Tennant directed this Cinderella variant. The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame (Jeanne Moreau) who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the cinder girl before telling the "true" story of her ancestor. In flashback, the story then focuses on eight-year-old Danielle, daughter of a wealthy widower, a 16th-century landowner. After returning to France with his new wife Rodmilla (Anjelica Huston) and her two daughters, he dies of a heart attack. Ten years later, Danielle (Drew Barrymore) is now treated as a servant by the trio. Fortunately, she has an encounter with Prince Henry (Dougray Scott), who is fleeing an arranged marriage. Later, when Danielle poses as a Lady, the Prince takes an interest in her. Inventor-artist Leonardo da Vinci (Patrick Godfrey), accepting the French court's patronage, offers advice to Prince Henry on matters of the heart. George Fenton's music adds an accompaniment to the lush look of this period romance. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Ever After: A Cinderella Story

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (20)

Drew Barrymore plays the complicated belle of the climactic ball and develops a convincing intellectually based friendship with the prince.

August 16, 2010 | Full Review…

The script by Susannah Grant, Rick Parks and director Andy Tennant successfully maintains the story's period trappings while introducing a heroine with modern resonance.

July 1, 2008

Given that this is adolescent romance, never straying far from traditional stereotypes, its 'progressive' feel-good aura is mainly down to Barrymore, whose limitations are only exposed in big love scenes.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Though director Andy Tennant was enthusiastic about putting this kind of spin on Cinderella, his touch turns out to be counterproductive.

February 14, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The best Cinderella movie ever.

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

Veering wildly between farce and suds, the movie never makes up its mind whether it's a spoof, a soap opera or a feminist pep talk.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Charming and realistic adaptation. Drew Barrymore is great in this one.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


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.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

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