Nancy Drew Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 13, 2007
The characters undergo nothing that could be remotely associated with development, the mystery is wafer-thin, and the slight plot is stretched to the breaking point in order to fill out 95 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 14, 2007
Uncertain shifts in tone from sincerity to almost-camp and the inappropriate subject matter make the unsolvable mystery just who this movie's audience was intended to be.
| Original Score: C
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
June 15, 2007
Nancy's fashion faux pas and lack of coolness are nothing compared to the movie's plot gaps, unsuccessful jokes and old-fashioned continuity problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 13, 2007
The tone is most similar to the "Scooby-Doo" films, which isn't a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 11, 2007
It's an utter embarrassment that this movie should even carry the Nancy Drew name.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Karl French
Financial Times
October 19, 2007
Chaotic narrative and half-baked ideas.
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
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 13, 2007
The immensely likable Roberts... happens to be the best part of the film from director and co-writer Andrew Fleming, which offers a few laughs here and there but is otherwise contrived, cliched and stiff.
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 16, 2007
Who do they think their audience is? Nancy's many fans rightfully will be insulted by the spoofing, and everyone else will be confused by the uneven tone and start-and-stop plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Haddon
Orlando Weekly
June 14, 2007
While [it] embraces the camp of transporting a '50s-style goody-two-shoes to modern-day Los Angeles, there's no attempt to comment on the clash of cultures or even pop culture in general - which would have elevated the material and broadened its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
June 15, 2007
Quaint and campy, seet yet clueless, it's an odd combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2007
Why does a movie so dolled up with oodles of stylistic doodles fall so flat?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 14, 2007
This Nancy is indistinguishable from every other Teen Vogue cheerleader tapped by Hollywood for role model of the month over the last 20 years. Casting agents, are there no budding Jodie Fosters in the entirety of America's high school drama clubs?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
June 14, 2007
The fish-out-of-water jokes often fall flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 15, 2007
Roberts is pleasant enough but, like her fellow TV-bred teen stars, there's not a lot of there yet, let alone enough to suggest a corn-fed Sherlock Holmes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 15, 2007
Hardly heart-racing stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 15, 2007
None of the dialogue is particularly pointed, and the supposed Hollywood mean teens seem rather tame. (One of their big pranks involves stealing Nancy's cupcake.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 15, 2007
Has all the suspense and intrigue of a less-than-groovy episode of Scooby-Doo.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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June 16, 2007

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June 22, 2007

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