Harriet the Spy

Harriet the Spy
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Not good, not bad, actually it's slightly bad
Genre: Coming-of-age
Starring: Michelle Trachtenberg
Rosie O'Donnell
Photography: Color
Release Date: July 10, 1996
Runtime: 102 minutes
Country: United States

Harriet the Spy is a 1996 American coming-of-age film directed by Bronwen Hughes in her directorial debut, and starring Michelle Trachtenberg in her feature film acting debut. It co-stars Rosie O'Donnell, J. Smith-Cameron, Gregory Smith, and Vanessa Lee Chester. It is based on the 1964 novel of the same name by Louise Fitzhugh. It would receive a made-for-television remake in 2010 entitled Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars.


Young Harriet aspires to be a spy and keeps a diary, writing things she knows about people and even her friends. When the diary falls into the wrong hands, she faces the risk of losing her friends.

Bad Qualities

  1. The story is weak and just plain boring.
  2. Harriet M. Welsch is an unlikable protagonist for many reasons due to her bratty attitude and her habit of apologizing at the last minute.
  3. The jokes are not funny at all.
  4. Bad acting, especially for Michelle Trachtenberg.
  5. The film sometimes goes nowhere at times.
  6. The pacing is extremely slow.
  7. The supporting characters are unlikable as well.
  8. The film isn't very faithful to the source material from the original book.

Good Qualities

  1. The soundtrack was okay.
  2. It started the birth of Nickelodeon Movies.
  3. Moviegoers, fan of 1990s films and people who grew up in the 1990s might enjoy watching it.