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Miss Potter is a 2006 film directed by Chris Noonan. It is a biopic of children's author and illustrator of Beatrix Potter, and combines stories from her own life with animated sequences featuring characters from her stories, such as Peter Rabbit.

Scripted by Richard Maltby, Jr., the director of the Tony-winning Broadway revue, Fosse, the film stars Renée Zellweger in the title role; Ewan McGregor as her publisher and fiancé, Norman Warne; and Lloyd Owen as solicitor William Heelis. Emily Watson stars as Warne's sister, Millie. Lucy Boynton also stars as the young Beatrix Potter.

It was filmed in Cecil Court, Osterley Park, Covent Garden, the Isle of Man, Scotland and the Lake District. Miss Potter was released on 29 December 2006 so that the film could compete for the 2007 Academy Awards. The film was intended to be released generally on 12 January 2007, but reported that the Weinstein Company had decided to push a wider release date until after the Academy Awards on February 25, 2007. The date seemed to fluctuate a number of times, but the Weinstein Company website ultimately listed its release date as March 9.

The film received generally positive reviews and earned Zellweger her sixth Golden Globe nomination.

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MISS POTTER - 9/10 (A)

Directed by Chris Noonan (Babe), Miss Potter is an absolute delight from beginning to end - sure to please audiences of all ages with its sweet and deeply affecting storyline. Renee Zellweger plays famed children's author Beatrix Potter, who is percieved as odd by her upper-class family and only finds solace in painting and making up stories. After successfully attempting to get her latest book published (known as "Peter Rabbit"), she finds herself working closely with a young and ambitious publisher (Ewan McGregor) and befriending his kind sister (Emily Watson). As the stories begin to come to life, the romance between the two blossoms - much to the dismay of Potter's disapproving mother. Renee Zellweger is fantastic here, delivering one of her strongest performances. She is lovable and completely believable in the role, and makes the character incredibly empowering and strong-willed. Ewan McGregor is great as well, making a charismatic love interest and sharing strong chemistry with Zellweger. The cinematography on display here is also great, displaying the gorgeous English countrysides and other locations in an almost storybook-like manner. There is also a nice bit of animation on display here which adds to the childlike feeling of wonder the film really has all the way through. The year's best family film, and one of the best films of the year. Highly recommended!

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As Kate Bush once sang, "Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, WOW!"

This is a fantastic biography that seems sprung from the pen of a latter day Brontë sister...

And the film portrayal is simply exquisite. Bravo, to Chris Noonan, who waited eleven long years for this, his sophomore directorial effort, following up on his all-time children's film classic Babe. Miss Potter brims with humor, heart, wit, and wisdom, and perhaps best of all, Beatrix Potter's life story is eerily resonant in today's world of Inconvenient Truth's...

Renée Zellweger excels... as always -- she is amongst our highest echelon of actresses today, right up alongside Cate Blanchett, et al...

Ewan McGregor, splendid, provides an intriguing echo of his previous co-starring work with Ms. Zellweger in Down By Love.

The supporting cast, lead by Emily Watson, is note perfect in their portrayal of nineteenth century socio-cultural morals. The art direction, with it's wonderfully restrained use of animation, bolsters the overall effect of an imagination made visible through the widespread quality printings of Potter's art and stories in the bestselling children's book series of all time.

How anyone who's ever perchance wept during their re-reading of Jane Eyre, couldn't find Miss Potter the most delightful film in a donkey's age, I'll never know...

8.5 out of 5.

{And once again, I must apologize. Miss Potter was only just released in my town yesterday, and yet it too has vaulted onto my 2006 Top Ten Movies List. I have had to move previously selected The Departed (an exceedingly fine film) down into my runners-up list, in this very strong year. Simultaneosly, I have come to recognize that another of my top ten picks, World's Fastest Indian was officially released in 2005, despite it having having been released well into February 2006 - it will now be moved to a spot on my 2005 Top Ten Movies List. This will in turn be replaced by V for Vendetta.

My revised 2006 Top Ten Movies List then looks like this:

An Inconvenient Truth
Peaceful Warrior
Little Miss Sunshine
Idiocracy (#3)
Apocalypto (#2)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Children of Men (#1)
Miss Potter
V for Vendetta

My apologies for any confusion these modifications may have caused.}

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Mr. Noonan - - another feature please!

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