I can't believe all the negative reviews this film has gotten. I grew up with the 1993 version and always found it pretty, but a little dull. I ran across this version by chance and was amazed at how much better it was. Sure, the 1993 version has more famous actors and a bigger budget, but it lacks the heart this one has. I loved Gennie James' portrayal, she gave Mary real spirit and it was great to see her character change so much throughout the movie. Dicken was also more as I had envisioned him in the book and Colin was just adorable. The scenery was beautiful and the story was a lot of fun. I didn't notice anything wrong with the acting,I thought the children acted as children are supposed to. As for the ending,it is surprising that she ended up with Colin, but only because in the other versions(and the book) they were first cousins. In this version, it's very in keeping with the story and you really couldn't see it happening any other way. It actually added a new level of enjoyment to the movie for me. So, if you want to see a cold, sterile, "artsy" secret garden, go with the 1993 version, if you want to see a great story that will warm your heart, try this one.