Harriet the Spy (1996) - Comedy, Drama, Family

Hohum Score

18

Watchable

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. But when Harriet's friends find her secret notebook the tables are turned on her. Can she win her friends back and still keep on going with the spy business?

IMDB: 5.9
Director: Bronwen Hughes
Stars: Michelle Trachtenberg, Rosie O'Donnell
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 5 out of 43 found boring (11.62%)

One-line Reviews (19)

It's funny, entertaining, and something to remember fondly years later.

The book was very engrossing and seemed a lot smarter and less condescending than some of the other books that wound up on school library 'recommended' lists.

I really enjoyed it; I was happy to find a kid's film that wasn't some Disney crud and wasn't overly strange.

Overall it was a very fun and entertaining movie that even little kids will like.

Well, it _is_ disjointed: part of it is surreal allegory, part realistic morality play.

So, little Harriet (Michelle Trachtenberg) wants to be a writer and for such she pretends to be like a spy who sees everything, writing down all the things she sees, from random and somewhat pointless happenings to making truthful remarks about her friends and school mates.

This little film has been roundly criticized for being disjointed and amateurish.

Meanwhile, anyone over the age of thirteen will probably find it boring.

While not as zippily paced as the book, and the film can get predictable and a tad corny, it is entertaining thanks to the spirited acting and the enthusiasm that shapes this movie.

Disjointed, confusing, and mean-spirited .

its a good movie even if you get bored when you start watching it watch until golly goes than thats when it gets good this movie is good fun for kids and entertaining for grownups

As I watched her get back at the kids that did cruel things to her, I was cracking up, especially when Laura got nailed by an unexpected haircut.

Her dancing was all right, but boring.

The scenes where Harriet is tortured by her classmates because she wrote some nasty things about them, is both intense and realistic as we actually see Harriet suffering from losing her two best friends and how she ends up distrusting everyone around her.

This movie is extremely disjointed.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

The overall plot seems to be poorly thought out and dull.

Overall, not perfect, but definitely worth watching.

It's certainly worth watching, if you are sick of the garbage that's out today and want something different.