Nancy Drew Reviews

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
March 15, 2008
A great coming of age girl movie that prioritzes teen personality and brain power over female body appeal.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 12, 2008
...younger people should find it entertaining, and the spoofing will not be a complete waste for many adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 5, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
October 31, 2007
Big-screen teen sleuth is cute, if a bit bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
October 19, 2007
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.
Robert Hanks
Independent
October 19, 2007
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.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 19, 2007
For sheer objectionable stupidity and dullness, this film takes the biscuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Karl French
Financial Times
October 19, 2007
Chaotic narrative and half-baked ideas.
Anna Smith
Film4
October 19, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sam Ashurst
Total Film
October 19, 2007
The original books appeal to generations of readers, but this flick's strictly for tweens and slumming homage-spotters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 19, 2007
At a time of fine teen comedies such as Mean Girls and Freaky Friday, the real mystery was why this was made at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
October 19, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anna Smith
BBC.com
October 9, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 13, 2007
Sadly bland update of everyone's favorite girl detective series never rises above its Scooby Doo-level plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kim Voynar
Cinematical
July 3, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Anna Smith
Time Out
June 30, 2007
'Nancy Drew' still has a televisual feel - more 'Murder, She Wrote' than junior 'Marple'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
June 30, 2007
A refreshing change of pace in today's often mean-spirited marketplace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 29, 2007
It's one of the few tween movies that isn't in your face; its limpness becomes appealing.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
June 24, 2007
Nancy's not nearly different enough from other movie girls. And that makes her look more old than fresh.
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