The Secret Garden Reviews

  • The Secret Garden
    • Genre : Drama, Fantasy, Adventure
    • Release Date :
    • MPAA Rating : -
    • Duration : 100 minute(s)
    • Production Budget : -
    • Studio : STX Entertainment
    • Official Site : -
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  • this is a pleasingly patient film that honestly tackles grief, death and rejuvenation without sentimentality. Given today's average wide-release children's films, that makes "The Secret Garden" a verdant oasis
    2.5 of 4 by Jake Coyle [Associated Press ]
  • this film is not the best representation of Burnett's works, which toed the line between the magical and the painfully -- but in the moments when it succeeds, "The Secret Garden" blossoms into something beautiful
    Review rate : B- by Kate Erbland [IndieWire ]
  • heartwarming and entertaining; The Secret Garden looks and sounds great. It's got beautiful cinematography, a lush musical score, and inventive production design. The picture manages to be fun without sacrificing the meaning inherent in Burnett's book
    3 of 4 by Mike McGranaghan [Aisle Seat ]
  • as a result, The Secret Garden is a mid-tier adaptation, though one with heart and soul
    Review rate : B- by Anya Stanley [AV Club ]
  • an adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 children's classic is top-heavy with images but still thin
    by Owen Gleiberman [Variety ]
  • adaptation has positive themes but falls short on magic
    3 of 5 by Stefan Pape [Common Sense Media ]
  • a lavish update to the classic children's story; The film ably captures the magic and innocence of the book. It stumbles somewhat in the final act, but is rescued by a luminous performance from young Dixie Egerickx
    3 of 5 by Julian Roman [MovieWeb ]
  • a familiar, but still magical tale; Ultimately, however, "The Secret Garden" remains the story people are familiar with, and despite some pacing issues, there's still magic to be found
    3.5 of 5 by Rachel LaBonte [ScreenRant ]
  • "The Secret Garden" is a cloying, off-the-mark adaptation of a great novel; this adaptation leans heavily on cliches the story doesn't need; Ironically, the result is to turn a genuinely moving tale into one that is profoundly dull
    Review rate : C by Maureen Lee Lenker [Entertainment Weekly ]

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