Miss Potter charms Christian critics

Christian film reviewers recommend Miss Potter and, to a lesser degree, Stomp the Yard. They also weigh in on Alpha Dog, Notes on a Scandal, Primeval, and Arthur and Invisibles. Plus, more views on Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Freedom Writers, The Queen, Children of Men, Venus, The Painted Veil, and Code Name: The Cleaner, and a comparison of Stranger than Fiction and Facing the Giants.

Peter Rabbit. Squirrel Nutkin. Miss Moppet. Timmy Tiptoes. Jemima Puddle-duck. Do these names mean anything to you?

If not, that's a shame. Children's literature is lacking in the kind of innocent, imaginative storytelling that made author Beatrix Potter famous and beloved. And it's not too late to gain an appreciation for Potter's work.

René e Zellweger plays the author in Miss Potter as a model for the conscientious and ambitious women who would follow her example. It turns out this celebrity of children's storytelling lived out a meaningful tale of her own that grownups can enjoy and learn from.

"Miss Potter is for moviegoers who are drawn more to the delightful than the destructive," says Camerin Courtney (Christianity Today Movies). "But no matter your taste, it's undeniably refreshing to see a PG-rated movie for adults done so well. We see characters change and grow, we watch people actually get to know one another before falling in love, and we're treated to beautiful shots of English countryside."

"The pleasures of Miss Potter are few and simple, but they are sublime," says Greg Wright (Past the Popcorn). "Please don't be prepared to like Miss Potter too much; it may let you down early on. But let its gentleness and simplicity grow on you—don't seek to know too much about it ahead of time, and let its words take you to surprising and delightful places."

Lisa Rice (Crosswalk) says, "Miss Potter is a beautifully-filmed movie that hearkens back to the days when propriety was everything. … It is a sobering study on the power of the encouragement—or discouragement—that a parent can give children, which can either break their spirit or launch them into their purposes."

Mainstream criticsare divided. ...

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