Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Reviews

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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Anna Smith
Time Out
August 15, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/6
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 10, 2008
[Ciaran Hinds is] a terrific character actor, and he actually gets to play somewhat of a romantic lead in the story with Frances McDormand, which I thought was so sweet and gave this film just a little bit of gravity.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 7, 2008
At least Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day has the good grace to go wrong quickly; you don't have to sit there squirming with doubt.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 7, 2008
Based on the 1938 novel by Winifred Watson, Miss Pettigrew is a veritable treat. Wisely cast, this handsome production is a delightful farcical fairy tale, bolstered by moments of depth and emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
March 7, 2008
You can't criticize a souffl for not being a side of beef.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 7, 2008
A lively and often enchanting '30s screwball that just happens to be brand-new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 7, 2008
Miss Pettigrew is one of those rare cases where a filmmaker's good intentions, and the enthusiasm of his actors, are enough to fill in the cracks.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 7, 2008
This nostalgic Cinderella story starring Hollywood's scandalously underutilized treasure is a jubilee for McDormand and jolly good fun for most everyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 7, 2008
I adore Frances McDor mand, but she's seri ously miscast -- in a title role Emma Thompson could play in her sleep -- in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, an uneasy blend of screwball comedy and pathos set in 1939 London.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 7, 2008
In adapting Winifred Watson's 1938 novel, director Bharat Nalluri strains frantically to evoke the champagne fizz of classic screwball comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 7, 2008
A snappy adaptation of a nearly forgotten 1938 British novel. Madcap chorines, long-suffering domestics, a giddy playboy foolishly sinking Daddy's money into a show -- it's all here, along with a happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2008
It's hard not to like a movie in which Frances McDormand spends half her screen time staring longingly at leftover scraps of bread and half-eaten apples, as she does in the charmingly featherweight Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle
March 7, 2008
Working from an unabashedly contrived but splendidly clever script by David Magee and Simon Beaufoy, director Bharat Nalluri keeps the mood light, the pace brisk and the wordplay pleasurable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 7, 2008
From the premise to the sets to the performances, everything about this lively comic fable is dead predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 7, 2008
There's an easy congeniality and air of old-school wit to Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, and even if the film tries too hard at times, it's awfully enjoyable despite itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 7, 2008
It's fortunate that Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day stars Frances McDormand and Amy Adams. Actors' showcases are only worthwhile if the actors are worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2008
Director Bharat Nalluri tries to goose the bedroom farce with swing music, heavy on the brushes and clarinet, and the blossoming romance between the frumpy Pettigrew and an urbane fashion designer seems willfully ignorant of British class codes.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 7, 2008
If dour Miss Pettigrew does indeed live for a day, good for her. That's 24 hours longer than this movie seems to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 7, 2008
After a slow and tiresome start, Miss Pettigrew forges ahead with true British fortitude and class, an endearing bond forming between McDormand and Adams, who are ably backed by a top-notch supporting cast led by Ciaran Hinds and Shirley Henderson.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 7, 2008
How light is this movie? So buoyant that even an air raid warning, signaling that this whole world is about to crumble under the blitz, can't dampen its giddy spirits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 7, 2008
Frothy and exuberantly entertaining -- in part because of the sexual innuendoes -- it's the best romantic comedy so far this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 6, 2008
Although it's small-scale, the film has a sumptuous sheen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 6, 2008
There's little imagination in the film's artificial, back-lot-tour vision of London, and little surprise in how the complicated plot finally untangles itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 6, 2008
After a particularly dour Oscar season, the jolly romantic romp Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day sparkles like a rhinestone in the muck.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 6, 2008
By the end of Miss Pettigrew, an artificial construct full of familiar comic archetypes has relaxed into a charming Cinderella story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 6, 2008
Director Bharat Nalluri compounds the chintziness with a full-throttle approach that blows away any lingering nuance from the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 6, 2008
Watching McDormand stretch out diphthongs that nonetheless obstinately refuse to budge from mid-Atlantic, all I could think was, what, the Emilys Blunt and Watson weren't available?
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 6, 2008
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day isn't going to change your life. But it will make it a lot more enjoyable for a couple of hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 6, 2008
The players, especially Adams, overwhelm [director] Nalluri's early uncertainty and make sure that Miss Pettigrew does indeed live for a day, and for one pretty delightful night at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 5, 2008
Miss Pettigrew is a feel-good production that strives and succeeds to put smiles on the faces of its viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 5, 2008
The fragile subtlety of the pas de deux of Ms. McDormand and Mr. Hinds is alone worth the price of admission.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 5, 2008
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a trifle of a movie confection, sweet and gummy as a jelly bean -- and 10 minutes later, just as forgettable.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 4, 2008
Two glorious star turns by gifted actresses Frances McDormand and Amy Adams.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 4, 2008
Eventually builds enough steam to pay off emotionally.