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92 out of 96 people found the following review useful:
"Oh, huff-puff!", 22 March 2001
Author: Anthony Bannon (bannonanthony) from Annalong, N. Ireland
I was telling my brother the other day that this mini-series is for everyone who ever loved fairy tales when they were kids, and I'm telling the same thing to my fellow IMDb users now. The opening title sequence is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see on TV. The performances are all top-notch, especially Scott Cohen as Wolf, Ed O'Neill as Relish the Troll King and Rutger Hauer as the Huntsman. The guest stars get to hog the limelight as well. John Shrapnel is truly menacing as the Governor of Snow White Memorial Prison, a guy you would love to hate. Two of my favourite dwarfs, Warwick Davis and Mike Edmonds get in on the fun as well. Ann-Margret doesn't really do much with her appearance as Queen Cinderella, though. The really great thing is the story. It reminds us how not all fairy tales are fluffy and sentimental (The Grimm fairy tales weren't just named after their authors, you know), and great new worlds are presented before us (Kissing Town is a highlight.). The romance between Virginia and Wolf is truly touching as well. Humour is also provided by the bungling Trolls Burly, Blabberwort and Bluebell and by Daniel Lapaine as the Dog in the Prince's body ('Prince Wendell loves biscuits!'). There are a couple of hairy moments (the trial in Little Lamb Village) but overall, you will love this. I recommend that you also read the novelisation of this series as it clears up a few plot points.
65 out of 71 people found the following review useful:
Simply Enchanting...a True Treasure., 27 May 2003
Author: ivony from United States
The 10th Kingdom has to be one of the most captivating, spellbinding movies
to come along in years. So many have tried, but few have succeeded in
creating such a beautifully woven masterpiece as The 10th Kingdom. There
isn't a moment of this movie that I did not wholeheartedly
Sure, it's long...very long. But with its spectacular visuals, compelling storyline, and off-beat but lovable characters, The 10th Kingdom takes you along for the journey that so captivates, you hardly notice the time that passes. This movie is an adventure of epic proportions that I would rank up there with The Neverending Story and The Princess Bride. Actually, as far as fairytales go, I daresay this is better.
The cast is perfect for each of their roles and acted them out spectacularly. The script is excellent with its many references to so many beloved fairytales...rapunzel, cinderella, snow white...and so many more.
This is a classic in the making. Please, if you haven't yet, check this one out. You'll be so very happy you did. Ten out of ten stars...without a doubt.
61 out of 65 people found the following review useful:
Fun for kids of all ages., 27 February 2001
Author: chonsie (email@example.com) from Anaheim, California, USA
I was pleasantly surprised by this mini-series. It's rare to find something
that both adults and children can enjoy together. I watched this with my
five year old nephew and he loved it, as did I.
This story combines all classic fairy tales with a modern twist. The scenery and costumes were great. Although the running time is long, the story moves keeps your attention and isn't slow paced. The actors did an excellent job. I found myself laughing out loud at the antics of some of the characters, like trolls singing along to Saturday Night Fever. In my opinion Scott Cohen made the series thanks to his portrayal of the wolf. He has gained a new fan in me.
I recommend this mini-series to all, whether young or young at heart.
52 out of 60 people found the following review useful:
Suck an elf!, 1 October 2004
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge
When I was first approached to watch this film, I noticed the length
and was completely turned away. Ten hours. Who could endure this many
interactions with children's storybook characters? Luckily, my wife sat
me down and we began this lengthy process. To say the least, I was
impressed. Directors David Carson and Herbert Wise did a spectacular
job of bringing the magic and detail of fairy tales to the small
screen. Through the voyages of our three main heroes, we see so many of
our childhood escapes. Places where only our imagination took us
before, we are guided through the images of modern television.
Imagination is only part of this miraculous tale. This film keeps with the modern idea of fairy tales with some very dark thematic elements. The scenes with the Trolls and with Snow White were spellbinding. You could literally get lost in this film and never want to escape. John Larroquette and Kimberly Williams are decent in their roles (about average for television), but it is Scott Cohen as the Wolf that literally steals every scene. He plays his part to the fullest extent. Ed O'Neill and Rutger Hauer also contribute well to this story.
Overall, this was a beautiful (if long) story that continually pushed the boundaries of a television mini-series. I never knew where it was going to take me next or which fairy tale it would dive right into. There was never a dull moment and it is a story that can be watched over and over again. This is a treat for anyone with a passion for children's literature!
Grade: ***** out of *****
46 out of 55 people found the following review useful:
Hmmm....., 7 August 2000
Author: millennia-2 from In shame (2005 update)
I think I'm going to have to disagree with the critics on this one- I
thought it was pretty good. When 'The 10th Kingdom' opened to universally
negative reviews and plummeting ratings back in February, I wasn't even sure
I was going to take the time to watch it. I remember, about two months
before it opened, reading a newspaper article on the miniseries, and
laughing at it. The article wasn't very flattering, and I was looking
forward to seeing it fail. As the next two months passed I saw it advertised
heavily on NBC, and I thought it looked pretty good. I did some looking
around on the internet, and I became intrigued by it. I was still convinced
it would fail, but I found myself counting down the days until it
After the first installment, I was hooked. Despite being downright silly much of the time, the scenery was absolutely extraordinary, ditto for the special effects. I ended up watching all five two hour installments, and I can't think of anything better that I could have spent it on.
Granted, the series still has several problems. The one thing I was disappointed most by was the lack of screen time of many of the *name* actors. Ann-Margret had only a few minutes, and Camryn Manheim appeared in only one installment. Also, Rutger Hauer had only about twenty minutes on screen spread over several installments. While still good, John Larroquette and Kimberley Williams didn't quite have either the talent or drawing power to hold the series.
Still, it was surprisingly engaging, and very well photographed. If you have the time, watch the series, I doubt you'll be disappointed
41 out of 46 people found the following review useful:
Happily ever after is back!, 16 March 2000
Author: Shaine from Virginia
The 10th Kingdom was much better than I had expected, and I had high hopes going into it! It was a visual delight with fantastic effects and locations. I couldn't wait for each installment. Scott Cohen did a fantastic job as the over-the-top Wolf. I was routing for Wolf and Virginia from their first meeting. Dianne Wiest makes a potentially one dimensional character come to life. Kimberly Williams and John Larroquette shine! The trolls are delightful and disgusting at once, particularly Ed O'Neill. The movie reminded me of all of the fairy tales I heard growing up. I was eagerly awaiting the addition of each new well-known character. Camryn Manheim as Snow White was a surprise, but she did a wonderful job. Happily ever after may not have lasted as long as Prince Wendell wanted, but its definitely back with the 10th Kingdom!
36 out of 38 people found the following review useful:
Wonderful for all ages, 17 June 2004
Author: rbverhoef (firstname.lastname@example.org) from The Hague, Netherlands
'The 10th Kingdom' is something for all ages. It combines every known
fairytale, especially stories from the Grimm Brothers, with other fantasy
stories, including Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings'. The story is about a
girl named Virginia (Kimberly Williams) who enters a fantasy world through a
magic mirror. Together with her father Tony (John Larroquette), Wolf (Scott
Cohen), who looks like a man but has a tale and animal instincts, and a
prince turned into a dog (Daniel Lapaine) they have to save the kingdom from
the evil queen (Dianne Wiest). The entire journey they are followed by
Huntsman (Rutger Hauer) who is ordered to kill the heroes.
The story is predictable in a way, but original with some nice touches. We have appearances of Snow White, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood for example. There is even a musical number that involves 'We Will Rock You'. As a complete story it is never boring and that is quite impressive for something over 400 minutes long. Most of the funny moments are with Wolf. He is played by Scott Cohen, an actor who I only knew from 'Gilmore Girls'. He does a very nice job with his character. I could say more about the production but that is not really needed. It is entertaining for kids and adults, that's it. To spot all the references to fantasy stories is a nice extra.
40 out of 49 people found the following review useful:
How much I enjoyed this movie., 22 January 2005
Author: Wildcherry71586 from United States
In this movie there were so many great things that not only brought up childhood memories but it also brought back an imagination to people all over the world. When I first watched the series on TV, it was like watching something that you could read in a book. Everything looked and sounded real. While watching this movie when Virginia losses her mother for the second time its just so hard to understand why this is happening to this young girl even though it is just a movie. This movie can actually take you to any of the nine kingdoms to explore with them. I really love this movie because its just so magical and so beautiful that really no words could describe how good this movie is. There are not enough hours in the day to be able to watch this movie. If I had the opportunity to watch this movie all of the time then I would.
24 out of 26 people found the following review useful:
definite Emmy contender, 28 February 2000
Author: Ana from Miami, FL
I wasn't sure what to expect when I saw the previews for this mini series. I thought it was to be a fluff piece on fairy tales. I was quite surprised to see the amazing make-up, the costumes and the scenery. All those things make the series well worth the 4 hours. The storyline is interesting and has a number of fantasy filled subplots. The Trolls were scary and humorous at the same time. The clash of the parallel worlds was done well, with much attention to detail. The different 'kingdoms' were distinguishable and each unique and fantastic. I see definite Emmy nominations and awards here, especially for make-up, costumes, and script.
31 out of 40 people found the following review useful:
Superb! ~!, 6 February 2004
I can watch this over and over again. I own the book,VHS,DVD, and the soundtrack and anything thing else i can get my hands on. This was well written well acted and just all in all great. This movie was one of the best things NBC could have done. Me and my entire family love this movie and say nothing but good things about it. I watched it when it first aired and when they replayed it a year later. I'm a big fan of every one that was in the cast so it's hard to name just some. This movie can sweep you away to another world and let you watch the beloved fairy tales that have been told for many of years come to life on the screen. The places where they shot the movie like Austria and england were beautiful scenic areas. The music is great and you can't help but fall in love with the 10th kingdom. I also love the fact hat they left it off for a part two and i'm hoping if there ever decide to they will have if possible depending on their schedules have the original cast come back. I recommend this movie for everyone who has loved fairy tales! ~!
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