Hilary Duff: 10 greatest movies of all time

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 25: Actress Hilary Duff attends Tribeca TV: Younger at Spring Studio on April 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 25: Actress Hilary Duff attends Tribeca TV: Younger at Spring Studio on April 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival) /
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1. A Cinderella Story

Original Release Date: A Cinderella Story hit theaters on July 16, 2004.

Box Office Earnings: The film opened at No. 4 at the box office, making $13.6 million, amid a crowded summer movie landscape that included I, Robot, Spider-Man 2, and Anchorman. Following its theatrical run, A Cinderella Story bowed out with a respectable $70.1 million worldwide against a production budget of $19 million.

Critical Acclaim: Even though you would expect A Cinderella Story to have been praised by critics, the film was widely panned. Critics called the film “uninspired” and “generic,” leading to its 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, fans adored (and still do) the film, and it won a Teen Choice Award and a Kids Choice Award. Not to mention, it spawned a series of self-contained sequels.

About the Role: Duff plays Sam Montgomery, the daughter of a wealthy widowed diner owner who finds her life turned upside down when her father suddenly passes away. She’s left in the care of her money-hungry stepmother Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge) and must put up with her two spiteful stepsisters. While working overtime at her father’s diner and trying to get into Princeton, Sam keeps up a pen pal relationship with a secret admirer until an encounter at the school dance changes everything.

Simply the Best: A Cinderella Story might not have been a massive hit at the time of its release, but it has since acquired a cult following and a passionate fandom. The film’s release provided Duff with another classic under her belt and helped diversify her legacy beyond Lizzie McGuire. She’s effortless in the lead role as Sam, an endearing character Duff manages to keep from getting too pitiful. Fifteen years later, we’re still enchanted by A Cinderella Story and always will be.

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