Damsel

critic Reviews

, 57% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Damsel has an appealing action hero in Millie Bobby Brown, whose gutsy performance is often enough to balance the scales against the film's underpowered story and occasionally unconvincing effects.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    I’ve admittedly watched Damsel twice, so it’s obvious that, flaws and all, the film put a big enough smile on my face that I had no problem sitting down for an almost immediate second look.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Nell MinowRogerEbert.com
    Even on the smaller screen, though, the fresh, female-led take on the traditional tale, including a bit of a sisterhood-is-powerful twist near the end, makes it worth a watch.
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    David OpieEmpire Magazine
    Too childish and shallow for adults, yet too brutal and gory for kids, this is one Damsel that really does need saving, after all.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Benjamin LeeGuardian
    There’s a simple, mechanical satisfaction to watching an underdog fight her way back from the depths, driven by a familiar current of revenge.
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    Emily ZemlerObserver
    If you can get past the clunky computer generated environments you may be moderately entertained by this story of a girl trying to survive the elements and the threat of a hungry dragon.

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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    Cleverly turns expectations on their heads while serving as a nifty showcase for Brown, who spends a fair amount of screen time alone other than the impressive special effects.
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    Aaron CharlesInSession Film
    Mia Wasikowska gives a fine performance as Penelope.
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    James MarshSouth China Morning Post
    The role of Elodie is perfectly tailored for Brown, who evolves seamlessly from prim and proper princess to resourceful action heroine.
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    Austin BurkeAustin Burke/Flick Fan Nation
    Damsel features an excellent lead performance from Millie Bobby Brown and a few entertaining sequences in the third act, but it is unable to overcome bland and familiar execution.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Daniel ResterWillamette Week
    The second half of Damsel grows repetitive, but Brown is a physically and dramatically compelling presence—and the dragon, menacingly voiced by Shohreh Aghdashloo, is frightening enough to make Smaug’s scales tingle.
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