Miss Potter puts into seductive, hand-crafted form the struggle of a woman to plot out her fate fourscore years before "Miss" became "Ms." It's a lovingly wrought biopic about Beatrix Potter (Renee Zellweger), the most successful children's author until J.K. Rowling cooked up a Potter named Harry.
Director Chris Noonan (Babe) and writer Richard Maltby Jr. pick up her story at the turn of the 20th century, when she's in her 30s and about to sell The Tale of Peter Rabbit. From the start, you feel you're in for a treat. The filmmakers let us know that Potter finds her creative footing and her heart in the hills and waters of England's Lake District. But they give the scrubbed white streets of upper-crust London similar storybook treatment.