Hannah Plays It Safe

Big-screen version of Disney Channel hit canters over familiar ground
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2009 11:22 AM CDT

(Newser) Hannah Montana: The Movie slickly translates the Disney Channel tween smash onto the big screen, say critics, but those who aren't already fans can safely sit this one out.

  • Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times: The movie "is an excuse for some generically catchy songs and a showcase for Miley Cyrus' charmingly chipmunk-cheeked smile; and on that level, it works well enough."

  • Jeff Vice, Deseret News: The "mix of musical numbers, down-home country cliches and silly slapstick" was "clearly crafted with her biggest aficionados in mind."
  • Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly: "It's almost foolish to review Hannah Montana: The Movie as anything other than the latest cog in a cultural phenomenon/mass-marketing juggernaut. The film itself certainly doesn't aspire to anything more."