A great coming of age girl movie that prioritzes teen personality and brain power over female body appeal.
...younger people should find it entertaining, and the spoofing will not be a complete waste for many adults.
| Original Score: 6/10
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...
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/10
Big-screen teen sleuth is cute, if a bit bland.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
For sheer objectionable stupidity and dullness, this film takes the biscuit.
| Original Score: 1/5
Chaotic narrative and half-baked ideas.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
The original books appeal to generations of readers, but this flick's strictly for tweens and slumming homage-spotters.
| Original Score: 2/6
At a time of fine teen comedies such as Mean Girls and Freaky Friday, the real mystery was why this was made at all.
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.
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.
Sadly bland update of everyone's favorite girl detective series never rises above its Scooby Doo-level plot.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
'Nancy Drew' still has a televisual feel - more 'Murder, She Wrote' than junior 'Marple'.
A refreshing change of pace in today's often mean-spirited marketplace.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's one of the few tween movies that isn't in your face; its limpness becomes appealing.