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Nancy Drew (2007)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 136
Fresh: 68 | Rotten: 68

Emma Roberts is bubbly and charming as Nancy Drew, the junior detective. But despite her best efforts, Nancy Drew still lacks excitement, surprise, and compelling secondary characters.

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 19

Emma Roberts is bubbly and charming as Nancy Drew, the junior detective. But despite her best efforts, Nancy Drew still lacks excitement, surprise, and compelling secondary characters.

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A resourceful teenage super-sleuth finds her investigative skills put to the ultimate test as director Andrew Fleming and screenwriter Tiffany Paulsen revive the character originally made famous by author Carolyn Keene. Upon leaving her quaint hometown of River Heights and arriving in Los Angeles with her father, Carson (Tate Donovan), precocious small-town teen Nancy Drew (Emma Roberts) enrolls in Hollywood High and discovers just how different life on the West Coast really is. A true original

Mar 11, 2008

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'Nancy Drew' still has a televisual feel - more 'Murder, She Wrote' than junior 'Marple'.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's one of the few tween movies that isn't in your face; its limpness becomes appealing.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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I doubt if any female over the age of twelve would get much pleasure from the film.

June 19, 2007 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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It's got a lot of fun energy, and it's got a certain kind of inspired loopiness that I found entertaining.

June 18, 2007
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This Nancy is a throwback, but a charming one, and Roberts (Julia Roberts' niece) plays her with an irresistible sweetness.

June 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Feels more like pop Twin Peaks than anything else; call it the new Hollywood sincerity.

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A great coming of age girl movie that prioritzes teen personality and brain power over female body appeal.

March 15, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

...younger people should find it entertaining, and the spoofing will not be a complete waste for many adults.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

I couldn't resist the sweet and often entertaining misadventures of a truly engaging feminist icon brought onto the screen by Emma Roberts with humility, individuality, and comic timing...

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

For adults, there are some pleasures to be found here and there, but parents won't be blown away by it the way their daughters will.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

I think a character like Nancy Drew can still work in today's pop culture world, but unfortunately the film doesn't believe in her enough.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Big-screen teen sleuth is cute, if a bit bland.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

There's something very weird about Andrew Fleming's movie, perhaps because it's essentially The Black Dahlia for tweens, with kissing but without the sex or mutilation.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Carolyn Keene's straitlaced teen detective gets a modern, ironic makeover, but the irony wobbles and the jokes aren't strong enough to carry it.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

For sheer objectionable stupidity and dullness, this film takes the biscuit.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Chaotic narrative and half-baked ideas.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

This update on the Nancy Drew saga uses old-fashioned stylings in a modern context to confusing, and none-too-suspenseful effect. It's a non-event that fails to do the much-loved character justice.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The original books appeal to generations of readers, but this flick's strictly for tweens and slumming homage-spotters.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

At a time of fine teen comedies such as Mean Girls and Freaky Friday, the real mystery was why this was made at all.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

That this is just about passable as a divorced parent's weekend treat is down to Roberts' charm and the timeless appeal of Nancy herself.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The age-old mystery doesn't exactly thrill, but there's humour here and there and a swotty heroine that parents, at least, will approve of.

October 9, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Sadly bland update of everyone's favorite girl detective series never rises above its Scooby Doo-level plot.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

t's hard to imagine a better casting choice for the role of the spunky girl detective than (Emma) Roberts, who's transitioned nicely from her television role on Unfabulous to handling lead roles in teen flicks.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

A refreshing change of pace in today's often mean-spirited marketplace.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Nancy Drew

A great film for intelligent pre-teen girls but anyone out of that audience range won't find much to like about this. Roberts gives a good performance, but I assume the source material is much richer and enthralling.
November 29, 2012
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It's lame and boring. I liked reading the book version more.
June 23, 2011
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Dead Angel

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Basically, I love a movie or a story about detective and the mystery they've been trying to solve.. For me, 'Nancy Drew' is nothing but just a usual teen movie that offers nothing special.. Even that, the performance from Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew pleased me.. She gave her best in this movie and I appreciate it.. The other cast did just okay, probably Max Theriot is the other one who steal the attention in this movie.. The story is just okay, but Emma Robert's performance was great and her fashion just made her looks great.. Overall, a usual teen movie that been played really well by Emma Roberts and turn out to be an interesting movie..
June 3, 2011
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