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The Nanny Diaries Reviews

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

September 7, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

January 18, 2008
Anna Smith
Time Out
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The conclusion is desperately trite, but Linney's performance helps this comedy - based on a novel by two nannies, take note - feel like a credible peek behind very expensive curtains.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

October 10, 2007
David Denby
New Yorker
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The Nanny Diaries, despite many bright moments and a superior level of craftsmanship, is now a flabby urban fairy tale.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

August 27, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 25, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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This is the sort of ho-hum production that will likely seem less disappointing on a smaller screen.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 25, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Whatever its faults are, The Nanny Diaries is hardly the disaster that the gossipmongers -- including, perhaps, even the studio that made it -- want us to believe.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 24, 2007
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
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A clever, satiric novel turned dull-witted movie.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 24, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A film that is even more lightweight and clichéd than the fluff that was the best-selling book.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2007
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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What puts The Nanny Diaries a cut above the run-of-the-mill romantic comedy is the acting.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2007
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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A movie that is much better than a slick adaptation of a best-selling novel has any right to be.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 24, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The Nanny Diaries plods along pointlessly to its flat conclusion.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 24, 2007
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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There's a heart-sinking moment early in The Nanny Diaries when it becomes apparent that every literary gimmick that seemed arch and clever in the bestselling novel of 2002 is going to fall horribly flat in the worst movie of 2007.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: .5/4

August 24, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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There's something painful about watching Scarlett Johansson, who looks as if she never had an indecisive moment in her life, struggle to seem ineffectual.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

August 24, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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These Diaries devolve into an outraged, sad-eyed social commentary that condemns New York's people of privilege and their rich, child-neglecting ways, but doesn't really let us laugh at them.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

August 24, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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A misguided film that veers between extremes in sentimentality and misanthropy.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Locked down in a celluloid prison cell marked The Nanny Diaries for 105 punishingly awful minutes, I was seconds away from crying 'Attica' and leading a tactical assault on the projectionist's booth when the words 'The End' appeared on screen.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: .5/4

August 24, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Despite some clever early fantasy scenes, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's adaptation of best seller The Nanny Diaries won't make Bridget Jones give up her writing.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2007
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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A sleek, handsomely made bauble buoyed by a cast much stronger than the flimsy material deserves.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Too false to be funny, too pat to be real.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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There's a good movie buried inside The Nanny Diaries, and a good cast trying hard to dig it out. Too bad they don't get much help.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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There's a surreal tinge to The Nanny Diaries that works both for and against the film.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

August 24, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The Nanny Diaries has been rendered unexpectedly enjoyable and engaging by good casting and performances, and superior writing and direction.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie itself is sort of bland and obvious and comfortable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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This isn't life. It's Lifetime.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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As The Nanny Diaries wobbles along uncertainly, it rests on the tense, squared shoulders of Laura Linney.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

August 24, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Satire should be knife-sharp and whip-smart, and The Nanny Diaries never is.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2007
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Any inadvertent class issues raised during the course of her attempt to find herself, love and career satisfaction are dispatched by pitting the deserving poor(-ish) against the suspiciously moneyed.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 23, 2007
Dana Stevens
Slate
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It's hard to account for the curious emptiness of The Nanny Diaries.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 23, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The unfaithful film adaptation so undermines the novel's spiky social satire that it constitutes some kind of aesthetic crime.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 23, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Although the novel was praised for its dead-on accuracy in portraying this high-end world, far too much of the movie is fantastical.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

August 23, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Wealthy New Yorkers don't often get skewered as mercilessly as they do in this comedy by writing and directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, but the audacity turns out to be deceptive and formulaic.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 23, 2007
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It sounds like the ultimate chick flick with crossover potential -- Scarlett Johansson learning a lot about life and a little about love in a film based on a cornerstone of chick lit -- but not even chicks will get much out of The Nanny Diaries.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

August 23, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Linney -- this has happened too much to her -- is once again the best thing in a movie that at most achieves a certain mediocrity.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 23, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The casting is all fine; everything else is pushy and out of joint.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 23, 2007
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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We get a half-cocked martyr movie about a plucky prole sticking it to the corrupt bourgeoisie: Joan of (Central) Park.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 23, 2007
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Nanny Diaries, through a failure of either verve or nerve, stumbles almost as awkwardly as its heroine does into her child-minder gig.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 23, 2007
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Yes, there are wealthy New Yorkers as toxic as the X's, but by making them so one-dimensional that it threatens to strain the word dimension, The Nanny Diaries becomes as flaccid and predictable as something you'd expect from Hollywood hacks.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

August 22, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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The real letdown comes from knowing that the film is from Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the husband-and-wife writing-directing team behind the thrillingly inventive American Splendor.

August 20, 2007
Lael Loewenstein
Variety
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This new comedy rarely rises above standard sitcom fare, a bitter and ironic disappointment given the involvement of American Splendor writer-directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 17, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Satire that sputters when its characters refuse to grow out of caricature.

August 17, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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The movie shouldn't open in the Museum of Natural History but the Museum of the Moving Image -- with a display of chick-flick clichés through the ages.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

August 16, 2007
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