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Cinderella (PG)

Cinderella (PG)

Drama, Family, Fantasy

When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

The critical consensus

A retrograde fantasy with the depth of a dressing-up box, but it’s spirited, genuinely funny and played to the hilt by an excellent cast.

***(*)(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 23/03/2015

Loving and lavish, Kenneth Branagh’s take will please traditionalists more than revisionists, but there’s enough here to enchant both young and old.

****(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 23/03/2015

Played largely without resorting to panto-style theatrics – even Blanchett keeps the figurative moustache-twiddling to a minimum – the result is a pleasant surprise, and just goes to show: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

****(*)James Mottram, The List, 23/03/2015

Lily James is magnificent in this eye-popping spectacle.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 26/03/2015

Could we really live in a world without postmodern irony? Maybe…

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 26/03/2015

It’s good-natured and silly.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 26/03/2015

Verdict: An absolute ball.

****(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 27/03/2015

It’s a welcome throwback to old-school movie-making, something that kids weaned on Frozen (and there’s a new Frozen animated short film playing before Cinderella so get there early) may even find themselves loving.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 28/03/2015

The result is that a story which has fuelled a myriad Hollywood romances and private fantasies unfolds with a beguiling freshness and generosity of spirit.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 29/03/2015

Kenneth Branagh’s live-action take on Cinderella is unashamedly old-fashioned.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 29/03/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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