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United Kingdom, United States · 2006
Rated PG · 1h 43m
Director Mark Palansky
Starring Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon
Genre Fantasy, Comedy, Romance

After a curse on their bloodline leads their daughter, Penelope, to be born with a pig nose, aristocrats Jessica and Franklin Wilhern search desperately for a cure. The curse can supposedly be broken by true love, but no man they approach seems willing to overlook sweet Penelope's appearance. Eventually, the frustrated Penelope decides to take matters into her own hands.

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Austin Chronicle by

It’s as if Caveny had so many ideas that she simply couldn’t bear to leave any of them crumpled up on her office floor.


Variety by David Rooney

The whimsical ugly-duckling fable becomes more uneven as it proceeds, straining too hard to manufacture its quirky charms.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

It's not the best of modern fairy tales but it's sincere and Christina Ricci's earnest and vulnerable performance touches the heart. Penelope is flawed but not irredeemably so.


Charlotte Observer by Lawrence Toppman

There are usually good reasons why a movie gets shelved for more than a year, however well-acted it may be and however well-meaning its message. Many are on view in Penelope.

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