Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)



Critic Consensus: Miss Pettigrew is a breezy period comedy carried by the strong performances of Amy Adams and Frances McDormand.

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In 1939 London, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew is a middle-aged governess who finds herself once again unfairly dismissed from her job. Without so much as severance pay, Miss Pettigrew realizes that she must--for the first time in two decades--seize the day. This she does, by intercepting an employment assignment outside of her comfort level--as "social secretary." Arriving at a penthouse apartment for the interview, Miss Pettigrew is catapulted into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some partial nudity and innuendo)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Magee, David Magee, Simon Beaufoy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 19, 2008
Box Office: $12.3M
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Critic Reviews for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (37)

Adams is adorable as the wide-eyed would-be starlet, with McDormand spot-on as the sensible half of the odd couple. A delightfully frivolous screwball comedy.

Full Review… | August 15, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Fanciful wit to spare, and Adams is sheer delight.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

A valentine to a by-gone era; one of the ten best films of 2008

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a well-acted comedy with enough old-fashioned qualities to make it an enjoyable experience for long-standing audiences.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

The spectre of impending war hangs heavily in the background of this romantic comedy, giving it a bit more heft.

Full Review… | September 17, 2008
Laramie Movie Scope

Period comedies are a tough act to swallow for some, but if you are on the fence at all, please make sure Miss Pettigrew lives for more than just one day."

Full Review… | August 27, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Cast: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, Clare Clifford, Sarah Kants, Shirley Henderson, Lee Pace, Mark Strong

Director: Bharat Nalluri

Summary: When her gruff demeanor costs her yet another nanny position, desperate Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) wangles a job as the assistant of an aspiring American actress (Amy Adams) and soon gets swept up in a dizzying world of glamour and high society. Ciarán Hinds, Lee Pace, Shirley Henderson and Mark Strong also star in this charming 1930s-era comedy based on Winifred Watson's best-selling novel.

My Thoughts: "A charming little love story. Shows you how so much can change in just one day. I loved Frances McDormand as Miss Guinevere Pettigrew. She was funny, smart, and true to herself. Amy Adams as Delysia Lafosse was great. She was such a fun bubbly person that definitely needed a little help in the relationship area. Edythe was a spiteful character. I was glad how things ended up for her. The two love stories are cute and in the end will leave a smile on your face."


Super Reviewer

The movie has almost no plot complications or suspenseful moments, yet I love it SO MUCH! It's a floating, pattering, whirling confection of a movie, and Amy Adams fits snugly inside Delysia Lafosse. I think she can have a tendency to be pigeonholed into the ingenue role, but she seizes anything that is thrown at her and you can tell she truly delights in whatever she does, no matter how small or predictable her role is. I love the concept of stuffing a movie into a DAY; the vision of people rushing breathlessly around to fit their events in a day is not something often explored and was executed magnificently!Admittedly the story is not much but that is really the essence of the movie - it entertains and delights, but afterwards you can't really remember what happened, just that you were put in the best mood ever while watching it.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Lee Pace and Amy Adams give their usually cute performances while Frances McDormand proves yet again that she can pull any film by its coat tails.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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