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Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 87 | Rotten: 28

Emma Thompson's second labor of love with the Nanny McPhee character actually improves on the first, delivering charming family fare with an excellent cast.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 8

Emma Thompson's second labor of love with the Nanny McPhee character actually improves on the first, delivering charming family fare with an excellent cast.



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A struggling mother receives some much-needed assistance tending to the family farm and raising a group of spirited children while her military husband is fighting overseas in this sequel to the whimsical 2005 fantasy comedy Nanny McPhee. Mrs. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) lives in a scenic valley with her two sons and one daughter. They each understand the importance of working together as a family, and things are going remarkably smoothly for the rural quartet until a pair of spoiled

Dec 14, 2010


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A delightful family movie, filled with frolicking farm animals, flying motorcycles and life lessons worth remembering.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Comment (1)
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That those blemishes begin to disappear each time her kids learn from her teachings offers a somewhat disturbing statement on the value of physical beauty.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (3)
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There's still a warm, British naturalism to Nanny McPhee Returns and an old-fashioned cheerfulness uncommon to most of today's kids movies.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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The child actors are so funny that even the stalest jokes seem fresh.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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An authentic fairy tale for kids with brains and imagination, Nanny McPhee Returns"serves up a flavorful mixture of magic and melancholy, barnyard humor and old-timey British idealism.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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It can take a miracle to create a movie that's fun for kids and their parents. Luckily, Nanny McPhee has a little magic up her sleeve.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's possible that it could come off as a little surprising, despite its predictable nature, if you haven't seen the first film. But even then, I think it would be rather obvious that the charm is missing.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source:

An unfunny nanny who outstays her welcome.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

Thompson brings a sly wit to some scenes, and her absence is felt when she leaves the screen time to the bickering children.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Nanny McPhee Returns establishes standard class differences between the country cousins and the city cousins -- even as both sets of children are in need of retraining by the daunting Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson).

September 5, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Almost defiantly old-fashioned. There is something charming about the idea that children will still go for this sort of thing.

September 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Nanny McPhee Returns may not be the most original material, but compared to so much of the dim-bulb rubbish churned out for tots, it practically qualifies as enchanted.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Thompson spends much of Nanny McPhee Returns's interminable 109-minute runtime trying to set her homely titular heroine apart from Mary Poppins.

August 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Noisy, forced and much less magical than Nanny McPhee I.

August 27, 2010 | Comments (6)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

It's nice to see Nanny McPhee back again, even if she's every bit as scary as she was when she first appeared.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Comments (2)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

[W]hat sort of mind thinks this sort of material is children's entertainment?

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly | Comments (5)
New England Movies Weekly

The only performer to emerge without a professional scratch is Thompson, who as usual makes the most of her character, warts and all.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Comment (1)
Philadelphia Daily News

Poopy fun for the tots, but Maggie Smith deserves better

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Comments (2)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

At least the A-list cast and crisp direction by TV vet Susanna White lift the film out of the dung heap.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Comments (2)
Boston Phoenix

A sweet-tempered film with characters it's possible to care about -- even while they pass through predictable situation after predictable situation.

August 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comments (2)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Emma Thompson scores again as the ugly nanny made beautiful by good deeds

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Nanny McPhee Returns is enjoyable for a lot longer than it's not, filled with class and charm that a lot of other children's films reject as unpalatable.

August 23, 2010 Full Review Source:

Thompson's brilliance can be seen all through this mostly kid-friendly tale.

August 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Everything seems terribly bleak at first, but Nanny McPhee soon makes delightful, magical sights appear while she goes about 'fixing' things.

August 21, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A bright, witty family movie that has the added attraction--rare nowadays--of not being in 3D.

August 21, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Comments (2)
One Guy's Opinion

Watching CGI critters do supposedly cute things (a bird constantly belching, pigs engaging in synchronized swimming) isn't exactly my cup of tea - English Breakfast, English Afternoon, or otherwise.

August 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Nanny McPhee Returns

Nanny Mcphee and the Big Bang (or Nanny Mcphee returns as it was unimaginatively called in the USA) is much like the first film, Mary Poppins with half the charm and none of the animation. A sweet film, the big selling point really is Nanny McPhee's rule; 'When you need me but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me but no longer need me, then I have to go' but like I said, Mary Poppins with half the charm. The fantasy element is actually wasted here, the time and location is unknown but it's basically England during WW2. I'm guessing they never divulge the exact date so no one can't point out the various continuity and historical inaccuracies. It shouldn't really matter in a kids film but somehow here it does. Enough now I think, the novelty is over.
February 14, 2014

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Cute. Nowhere near as good as the first.
August 29, 2011

Super Reviewer

Not as good as the first one. And how did she get hideous again? They should have left the movie at part one instead of making a boring sequel to it.
July 3, 2011
Dead Angel

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Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) is about a nanny that teaches some out of control kids some lesions.
Good plot
Some funny parts
Lacking acting
Some gross parts
Too childish.
As I said before I liked Mary Poppins better.
June 30, 2011
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