Young Actress Reviews

Reviews of movies with notable young actress performances

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Valentina de Angelis
Off the Map  (2003)
Actress Score: 
4.3 / 5
(4.3)
Movie Score: 
4.0 / 5
(4.0)
Age:  11
Screen Time:  large
An intelligent indie film about life of an isolated family on New Mexico desert. Valentina handles hands down the role of the ticklingly good character of Bo.

Elle Fanning 
Phoebe in Wonderland  (2009)
Actress Score: 
4.3 / 5
(4.3)
Movie Score: 
3.8 / 5
(3.8)
Age:  10
Screen Time:  very large
Elle performs a world class role as Phoebe, a girl beginning to show symptoms of a mental disorder, and escaping reality into Alice's Wonderland.

The Door in the Floor  (2004)
Actress Score: 
4.2 / 5
(4.2)
Movie Score: 
4.0 / 5
(4.0)
Age:  5
Screen Time:  medium
An adult drama of a family coping with the loss of two children. Excellent performances on all fronts, not least of all Elle's, and even has the merit of challenging a few taboos. Recommended to all except those allergic to slow paced dramas.

The Nines  (2007)
Actress Score: 
3.8 / 5
(3.8)
Movie Score: 
3.5 / 5
(3.5)
Age:  10
Screen Time:  small
Elle has a small but delightful role in this fine sci-fi/mystery film. The important part of Elle's role is a short scene at the end of the movie, but it's among the most smile-inducing scenes ever.

Babel  (2006)
Actress Score: 
3.5 / 5
(3.5)
Movie Score: 
4.0 / 5
(4.0)
Age:  8
Screen Time:  small
An all around good drama consisting of four interlocking substories. Elle, now eight, has a fairly small and passive role, but will still impress any fan of hers.

Super 8  (2011)
Actress Score: 
3.1 / 5
(3.1)
Movie Score: 
3.0 / 5
(3.0)
Age:  13
Screen Time:  medium
An odd mixture of good youth drama and mediocre action, with more than random resemblance with E.T. Easily worth it for Elle's fans.

Somewhere  (2010)
Actress Score: 
3.1 / 5
(3.1)
Movie Score: 
2.5 / 5
(2.5)
Age:  12
Screen Time:  large
Elle is the only reason to watch this otherwise boring movie, although some would disagree about the boringness. The main character is a movie star with an empty life, and Elle plays her daughter who he has trouble connecting with.

The Nutcracker in 3D  (2010)
aka Nutcracker: The Untold Story
Actress Score: 
3.1 / 5
(3.1)
Movie Score: 
2.0 / 5
(2.0)
Age:  11
Screen Time:  very large
This visually accomplished children's film does a good job at presenting always beautiful Elle in particularly flattering ways. Plot-wise, the movie is fit only for children.

Reservation Road  (2007)
Actress Score: 
3.0 / 5
(3.0)
Movie Score: 
3.0 / 5
(3.0)
Age:  9
Screen Time:  small
Elle performs a routine role (by her high standards) as a daughter of a family whose son is killed in a car accident. The thriller has ingredients for more than it ends up delivering.

We Bought a Zoo  (2011)
Actress Score: 
3.0 / 5
(3.0)
Movie Score: 
2.0 / 5
(2.0)
Age:  13
Screen Time:  medium
A predictable family movie about a man getting a fresh start in his life by buying a zoo. Elle's character is limited to having a youthful romance, but Elle makes the most of her smallish role.

Because of Winn-Dixie  (2005)
Actress Score: 
2.4 / 5
(2.4)
Movie Score: 
2.0 / 5
(2.0)
Age:  7
Screen Time:  small
A dog-themed kids' movie that should only be watched for its actresses.

Twixt  (2011)
Actress Score: 
2.0 / 5
(2.0)
Movie Score: 
2.0 / 5
(2.0)
Age:  12
Screen Time:  medium
A surreal, campy ghost story about a horror fiction writer investigating old murders in a strange village, and meeting spectral Edgar Allan Poe and his child-bride (Elle) in dream sequences. The style is not very successful, nor is Elle's role especially interesting beyond her costume.

Daddy Day Care  (2003)
Actress Score: 
2.0 / 5
(2.0)
Movie Score: 
1.5 / 5
(1.5)
Age:  4
Screen Time:  small
A kids' comedy of two men who start a day-care center.

I Am Sam  (2001)
Actress Score: 
1.0 / 5
(1.0)
Movie Score: 
3.4 / 5
(3.4)
Age:  3
Screen Time:  very small
A mentally retarded father fights the state for custody of his daughter. An intelligent film with a tear-jerking performance by the lovely Dakota Fanning.

Shelbie Bruce
Spanglish  (2004)
Actress Score: 
4.2 / 5
(4.2)
Movie Score: 
4.0 / 5
(4.0)
Age:  12
Screen Time:  large
A funny and intelligent movie about cultural differences between a Hispanic housekeeper, Flor, and her employer's family. The beautiful Shelbie Bruce is truly a sight to behold in the central role of Flor's daughter.

Anna Chlumsky
My Girl  (1991)
Actress Score: 
4.2 / 5
(4.2)
Movie Score: 
3.5 / 5
(3.5)
Age:  10
Screen Time:  large
Anna is wonderful as Vada, a girl whose father runs a funeral parlor in their home. For a family oriented story of a young girl, the quality of writing and acting is outstanding.

My Girl 2  (1994)
Actress Score: 
3.0 / 5
(3.0)
Movie Score: 
3.0 / 5
(3.0)
Age:  13
Screen Time:  very large
A sequel to great My Girl, Anna is now a few years older. While she's not entirely changed, neither her role nor the movie otherwise compare to the original.

Christina Ricci
The Addams Family  (1991)
Actress Score: 
4.2 / 5
(4.2)
Movie Score: 
3.5 / 5
(3.5)
Age:  10
Screen Time:  medium
Unique, morbid slapstick satire about a family of freakish eccentrics, the Addams. Christina has an unforgettable role as the delightfully evil daughter. This movie is faithful to the cult television series on which it is based.

Addams Family Values  (1993)
Actress Score: 
4.1 / 5
(4.1)
Movie Score: 
3.4 / 5
(3.4)
Age:  13
Screen Time:  medium
A good sequel to The Addams Family. Christina is a few years older, and still completely awesome as Wednesday.

Now and Then  (1995)
Actress Score: 
3.1 / 5
(3.1)
Movie Score: 
2.6 / 5
(2.6)
Age:  14
Screen Time:  large
The four girls are a close-knit group as early teenagers, and 25 years later meet again. The focus is on the former period, and the young actresses do a very good job.

Brooke Shields
Pretty Baby  (1978)
Actress Score: 
4.1 / 5
(4.1)
Movie Score: 
3.0 / 5
(3.0)
Age:  12
Screen Time:  large
Highly controversial due to dealing with child prostitution and showing naked 12-year-old Brooke. Pretty but detached. Poor acting from Brooke.

Wanda Nevada  (1979)
Actress Score: 
3.1 / 5
(3.1)
Movie Score: 
1.0 / 5
(1.0)
Age:  13
Screen Time:  large
Brooke's role has similarities with that in Pretty Baby. Now an early teen, her acting is a little better, and in fact better than the standards of this remarkably yet unintentionally silly movie.

Becca Gardner
An Unfinished Life  (2005)
Actress Score: 
4.0 / 5
(4.0)
Movie Score: 
4.0 / 5
(4.0)
Age:  11
Screen Time:  large
A well-executed drama, with three-dimensional characters and great acting. The downside is the unsurprising plot. High production values together with Becca's impeccable performance and natural charm combine to create a film that's a real pleasure to sit back and immerse in.

Jennifer Lawrence
The Poker House  (2008)
Actress Score: 
4.0 / 5
(4.0)
Movie Score: 
3.5 / 5
(3.5)
Age:  14
Screen Time:  large
A story based on real life of sisters in the house where their mother practices prostitution. Great performances, but a little weak plot.

Kirsten Dunst
Interview with the Vampire  (1994)
Actress Score: 
4.0 / 5
(4.0)
Movie Score: 
3.5 / 5
(3.5)
Age:  11
Screen Time:  medium
A memorable vampire story based on the novel, with Kirsten playing a fantastically evil vampire who has not aged physically since she was turned as a young child.

Little Women  (1994)
Actress Score: 
3.0 / 5
(3.0)
Movie Score: 
3.0 / 5
(3.0)
Age:  11
Screen Time:  small
A beautiful adaptation of the novel, telling of the girls of the March family.

Jumanji  (1995)
Actress Score: 
2.5 / 5
(2.5)
Movie Score: 
2.0 / 5
(2.0)
Age:  12
Screen Time:  medium
A rather tiring family adventure with Kirsten in a decently sized but mediocre role.

Raquel Castro
Jersey Girl  (2004)
Actress Score: 
4.0 / 5
(4.0)
Movie Score: 
3.5 / 5
(3.5)
Age:  9
Screen Time:  large
Raquel Castro shines as the adorable daughter in this amiable if unambitious melodrama.