Time Out says
And what of Flopsy, Mopsy and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle? Well, sporadic outbreaks of animation bring the much-loved characters to life, but they’re frankly decorative rather than integral to the proceedings. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not a children’s film, and all the better for it when the crucial love story gathers affecting momentum. Positively thrumming in each others’ presence, Zellweger and McGregor adeptly inscribe the sighs and flutters of pre-permissive attraction. Arguably, the film peaks too early, but the trade-off is a balanced picture of Potter’s extraordinary accomplishments in pouring her fortune into preserving considerable stretches of the Lake District. Not quite a love story, not quite a life story then, it’s undeniably ungainly (with Barbara Flynn’s maternal hauteur surely pitched too close to stupidity), yet its old-fashioned sincerity ultimately proves disarming. Sweet but not cloying, it’s a heartening portrait of goodness surmounting the odds.
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