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Nanny McPhee Returns Reviews

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Jeff Beck

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 23, 2012
Don Groves

An unfunny nanny who outstays her welcome.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5

December 25, 2010
Nell Minow

The movie is very uneven in tone and in quality, with charming nonsense colliding with what appears to be devastating tragedy.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: C

August 19, 2010
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: C

February 14, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Too much of the contrasting comedy in Nanny McPhee Returns is shrill, laden with routine computer-generated effects and pounded into dust by James Newton Howard's shut-up-already musical score.

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

August 19, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The ham-handed director was Susanna White, who intercuts compulsively, whether or not anything is happening.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 19, 2010
Mike Scott

Nanny McPhee shows up, she says, when she is needed but not wanted. As soon as she is wanted but not needed, she must go. So what does she do when you don't care one way or the other?

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/4

August 20, 2010
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)

It has entertainment value, but it's no classic -- and there's no need for a third outing.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

March 25, 2010
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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It's merely a compendium of photocopied elements, cartoonish special effects, and easy-bake happily-ever-afters.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 17, 2010
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 30, 2010
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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This dour, hyperactive family film is joyless, overly busy and starchy. Worse, it pats itself on the back for doling out the most minimal of morals.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

August 19, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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There's a charming little film struggling to get out of this nearly two-hour CGI extravaganza...

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

August 20, 2010
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

I'm not trying to be condescending here, since this is much more of a kids' film than the original. There is just much less entertainment value than before for anyone over the age of ten.

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

August 20, 2010
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

Thompson is better-placed to pull off this trick than most writers, though subtlety is not the strong point of a film that gives us a Busby Berkeley water ballet with pigs and Dame Maggie Smith sitting down on a cowpat.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

March 25, 2010
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

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

| Original Score: 2/4

August 27, 2010
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly

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

Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 26, 2010
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

the pedestrian direction from Susanna White relentlessly squeezes out all the charm and all the joy with a ruthlessness that is almost, but not quite, awe inspiring

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2/5

August 20, 2010
Dustin Putman

In her own film, Nanny McPhee holds the impact of a day player.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

August 19, 2010
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

August 20, 2010
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2/4

August 21, 2010
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 10, 2011
Andrew Barker
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May 11, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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May 16, 2011
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
April 4, 2011
Neil Rosen
May 12, 2011
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