Nanny McPhee (2006)



Critic Consensus: A bit alarming at first, Nanny McPhee has a hard edge to counter Mary Poppins-style sweetness, but it still charms us and teaches some valuable lessons.

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In this dark and witty fable, Nanny McPhee (a person of an unsettling appearance and magical powers) enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown and attempts to tame his seven exceedingly ill-behaved children. The children, led by the oldest boy Simon, have managed to drive away 17 previous nannies and are certain that they will have no trouble with this one. But as Nanny McPhee takes control, they begin to notice that their vile behavior now leads swiftly and magically to rather startling consequences. Her influence also extends to the family's deeper problems, including Mr. Brown's sudden and seemingly inexplicable attempts to find a new wife; an announcement by the domineering Aunt Adelaide that she intends to take one of the children away; and the sad and secret longings of their scullery maid, Evangeline. As the children's behavior begins to change, Nanny McPhee's arresting face and frame appear to change as well, creating even more questions about this mysterious stranger whom the children and their father have come to love.
PG (for mild thematic elements, some rude humor and brief language)
Comedy , Kids & Family
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Emma Thompson
as Nanny McPhee
Colin Firth
as Cedric Brown
Holly Gibbs
as Christianna
Sam Honywood
as Sebastian
Hebe Barnes
as Baby Agatha
Zinnia Barnes
as Baby Agatha
Kelly Macdonald
as Evangeline
Celia Imrie
as Selma Quickly
Derek Jacobi
as Mr. Wheen
Samuel Honywood
as Sebastian
Patrick Barlow
as Mr. Jowls
Imelda Staunton
as Mrs. Blatherwick
Angela Lansbury
as Great Aunt Adelaide
Phyllida Law
as Mrs. Partridge
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All Critics (131) | Top Critics (34)

Nanny McPhee falls back on the Nickelodeon principle "If all else fails, hit 'em with a retina-searing overload of visual and aural information."

November 27, 2006
AV Club
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...Pleasing but ultimately unsatisfying.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The kids will love the candy-box sets and costumes like confectionery-shop windows, the whimsy and farcical grotesqueness of it all.

February 8, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

Any time Thompson curls that prosthetic snaggletooth over her lower lip and murmurs a nearly inaudible harrumph is a comic moment to be treasured.

February 3, 2006
New York Daily News
Top Critic

There's nothing offhand or spontaneous-feeling about Nanny McPhee; it's a highly mechanical piece of work, and its potentially delightful details are wasted.

Full Review… | January 27, 2006
Top Critic

In a seemingly blithe way, the movie captures an aspect of child consciousness not usually explored onscreen -- that zone between innocence and knowledge.

Full Review… | January 27, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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This was quite entertaining.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

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Wasn't that bad!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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Nanny Mcphee is about a father that has a hard time keeping a nanny in house because his kids run the house. Then nanny Mcphee comes to see if she can help. At first the kids will do anything in their power to get rid of the new nanny. Will Mcphee leave or stay and teach them how to behave. Pros Good plot Con lacking acting I just thought Mary poppins was a better film.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

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