'Hannah Montana: The Movie' Critic Reviews

73%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
44%
Rotten Tomatoes:   130 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    Cyrus, as always, is a professional charmer (it's hard to resist when she leads a hip-hop hoedown), and the crusty folkiness of Billy Ray Cyrus as her real-life dad is as welcome as ever.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    This parent-child love story, glancingly expressed through the potent medium of country music, often had me wondering if anyone in the cinema had a number for Tennessee social services.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    There's nothing subtle or unexpected about Hannah Montana: The Movie. But its intended audience of prepubescent girls probably won't mind. Still, it's hard not to wish the same wholesome message could be conveyed with a bit more finesse and originality.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The movie looks and sounds like a real film, not an extended version of the TV show. The acting and the cinematography is bumped up a notch.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Hannah Montana: The Movie has performance numbers -- the first one fancifully blurs the line between a live Hannah concert and a music video - flat melodrama, and such guest stars as Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift, as themselves.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Like 2003's Lizzie McGuire movie, Hannah breaks little new ground but makes the big screen shift with liveliness and sense of humor impressively intact.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Nancy Churnin Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    This probably won't sway the unconverted into becoming fans, but it should please the more than 180 million viewers of the hit Disney Channel series.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie's only mission is to further a brand, and it exists specifically to prop up its song list, which includes the latest dance craze, 'Hoedown Throwdown,' in which Miley exhorts us to pop it, lock it and, to the best of our abilities, 'polka-dot it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    For its target audience, oblivious to the film's narrative crossed wires, it's definitely three-star entertainment.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jon Bream Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Ultimately, the fan-pleasing HMTM and its bestselling soundtrack album are about building new bridges.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    Mawkish but energized.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    You don't eat a Twinkie to lose weight, and you don't see this film to challenge yourself emotionally or intellectually.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lael Loewenstein Variety (Top Critic)
    A goofily endearing romp that might even lasso a few new fans.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Thin as a flip-flop and as complicated as a scrunchy, the plot is barely enough for half a movie. At the 45-minute point, things are pretty much wrapped up.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    As teen fantasy Hannah has worked well enough to meet fan approval. And I liked her concert film from last year. But The Movie, inoffensive though it is, suggests they're over it. Maybe we should be, too.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    Who cares if it gives anyone over the age of 12 a headache? The state of Hannah Montana is little-girl paradise.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Christine Champ Film.com (Top Critic)
    50
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Catherine Dawson March Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    The rest of the time it's up to Cyrus to keep things light, and her undeniable charisma radiates from the big screen as strongly as it does on the small one.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Assorted conflicts and adventures ensue, and the movie overall is painless if not exactly electrifying.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    Undoubtedly, Hannah Montana: The Movie will appeal to Cyrus' core audience, but the chances of this sanitized, prepackaged effort expanding her fan base is about nil.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Miley's return to her Tennessee roots goes a little heavy on the country corn.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    Resistance is futile.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    25
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mary McNamara Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    60
    In the end, Hannah Montana: The Movie is big, beautiful, a little boring and utterly safe.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Sophie Harris Time Out
    60
    Full Review » 3 years ago