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Director:Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Writers:Malia Scotch Marmo, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett
Director of Photography:Pierre Aim
Editor:Jeffrey Wolf
Music:Michel Legrand
Production Designer:Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
Producers:Stanley R. Jaffe, Saul Cooper, Pancho Kohner and Allyn Stewart
TriStar Pictures: PG; 105 minutes
Cast:Hatty Jones, Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne
Based on the Ludwig Bemelmans children's books

Newcomer Hatty Jones makes a sunny, insouciant Madeline in this adaptation of Ludwig Bemelmans's classic picture books. Still, the patchwork plot has a harried, episodic feel and lacks the appropriate European flair. In all, von Scherler Mayer may have found her girl in Jones, but the film's clunky structure is one fix even our courageous heroine can't undo.

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