Daniel G. Berk | West Bloomfield, Michigan | 08/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Frankly, I came to this film expecting to find fault and to be a detractor. After all, how could someone have the temerity to attempt to portray Audrey Hepburn, one of the ethereal luminaries of the screen. I fell in love with Audrey Hepburn when I was 12 years old and saw her in Sabrina in 1954; I remained in love with her for the rest of her life. Consequently, I doubted that any mere mortal could do justice to this role, especially Jennifer Love Hewitt, who had not be known for major dramatic performances. However, I must concede that I was pleasantly surprised.The performance was quite convincing and believable. Hewitt had Audrey Hepburn's voice and a number of her mannerisms down quite well, and also conveyed some of the fragility of her personality. On balance, I found the film quite satisfying and enjoyable."
Incomplete, inaccurate, ultimately unnecessary
R.C.G. | 01/04/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"1. Movies like this live or die on their portrayal of the famous people in them. Jennifer Love Hewitt worked hard to "get Audrey down" (and was wildly overpraised for it in TV Guide and elsewhere), and while she got by (maybe), the actor playing William Holden was barely adequate if that, the actor playing Gregory Peck terrible. Similar portrayals, from OK to lousy, run through the movie. NO ONE was very good, or even good. 2. I heard Truman Capote speak in 1973. He was still complaining that Marilyn Monroe was not cast in Breakfast at Tiffany's. This movie seems to say that, after the alley scene that ends Breakfast, Capote fully accepted Audrey. Why would they change that fact unless it was to enhance Hewitt's presumption that she could really play one of the great film actresses? 3. A three-hour running time (including commercials) and they could only get to 1961, then just tack on some film of the real Audrey late in life? Who invested in this. Conclusion: worth seeing if you have time to kill; decidedly not worth buying."
I wish it was better...
Daniel G. Berk | 12/21/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was not a huge Jennifer Love Hewitt fan before I saw this film and my opinion stays the same after seeing it. I don't think Hewitt looks anything like Audrey, except for having brown hair and brown eyes. Plus her attempt at an accent was completely over-the-top.But my fault with this film is not with Jennifer Love Hewitt; she should have never been cast in the role of Audrey Hepburn in the first place. Which brings me to the true problem with this film - the production. The story is not entirely historically accurate to Audrey's life: portions are missing, costuming is wrong, and the movie ends abruptly with Breakfast at Tiffany's which was debatedly the pinnacle of Audrey's film work but certainly not the end of her story. There are so many valuble resources on Audrey's life that there is no reason for it to not be correct; this is just the result of shoddy, underbudgeted, made-for-TV filmmaking. I believe you shouldn't do anything halfway and that is exactly what has been done here.If she saw this film, I think Audrey would graciously thank the producers for considering to do a movie about her life, while secretly wondering why half of her life is absent. These are my feelings as well. I look towards the day when we can see a well-budgeted, major motion picture about Audrey Hepburn's life. Until then, The Audrey Hepburn Story will have to do - but I think I'll read a biography instead."
Love Ain't No Hepburn!
R.C.G. | Redondo Beach | 08/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Jennifer Love Hewitt is clearly not Audrey Hepburn, she doesn't even come close, but, I will concede that she did a great job at producing and starring in this made-for-TV-movie. It takes us from Audrey's childhood all the way to one of her many defining moments - the filming of Breakfast At Tiffany's. It really is a pleasant film to watch. Although the script can be slow at times, I feel that it honors Audrey's memory. Even her son approved of this biography. Ultimately, I'd like to say to those who bash Ms. Hewitt for starring in this bio-pic, I'm glad that she used the fame she has to introduce Audrey to a younger audience that possibly would have never learned about her otherwise. I give this movie four stars because of Emmy Rossum's incredible talents. I wish her and Ms. Hewitt many more successes."
A little Girl in Playing Dress up
Doree Loesch | San Ramon, CA United States | 08/06/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Whoever cast this movie sure made a big mistake choosing Jennifer Love Hewitt. She might play a sweet teen but sure couldn't fill the shoes of Audrey Hepburn. She looked like a child playing dress up. This little girl obviously didn't do her homework. She never captured Audrey's elegance and free spirit. It would take a very special person to play such an extroadinary person like Audrey Hepburn. Actually I think they should have found an unknown that would have brought a fresh look into the the life of Audrey Hepburn. Even the character that played Capote didn't convince me. I felt the movie as a whole looked as though it was thrown together which made me bored with the whole process. I felt nothing. Since Audrey Hepburn was a big screen movie star this movie should have been made for the big screen not T.V."