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Nanny McPhee Reviews

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James Berardinelli
January 26, 2006
Nanny McPhee is perfect for little girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 27, 2006
A howling headache-inducer that features bratty urchins prone to torturing people and a color scheme resplendent with hot-pink bustiers and peeling lime paint.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 27, 2006
To those of you who always wanted to refer to Mary Poppins as 'the hot one,' your hour has come!
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Its redeeming virtues are Thompson, Firth and Kelly Macdonald as Firth's adoring housemaid; they manage to give genuine, affecting performances in the midst of all the outlandish, obnoxious goings-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 27, 2006
The kiddie komedy of Nanny McPhee shows that Mary Poppins plus Charles Dickens can add up to less than even Cheaper by the Dozen.
| Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
January 25, 2006
The movie is hampered by production designer Michael Howell's garish neon color palate contrasted against clownish costumes by Nic Ede...
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
January 29, 2006
The wildly colorful costumes and the jubilant defiance of the film's terrorizing tykes simply is not enough for Nanny McPhee to get its hapless house in order.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Ward
January 27, 2006
For a movie that aspires to capture the magic of a classic fairy tale, Nanny McPhee has all the warmth and charm of the assembly instructions for an Ikea bookshelf.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
February 8, 2006
The intermittent pleasures [Nanny McPhee] affords, provided chiefly by a standout cast in high camp mode, make it a passable destination for a family outing.
Matt Pais
January 26, 2006
As entertainment for anyone over 10, Nanny McPhee is a supercalifragilisticexpialadisappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Uri Lessing
January 27, 2006
McPhee is a composite of Margaret Hamilton, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and the grunting Karl from Sling Blade.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Gary Goldstein
January 27, 2006
Except for a few nice, honest moments that manage to sneak in, watching Nanny McPhee is like being beaten over the head with a toy mallet: harmless, yet awfully irritating.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 27, 2006
There are many different kinds of children's movies, and this one tries to be all of them at once -- including one of those in which the children are smarter than the adults.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 3, 2006
A spoonful of sugar would be just the start to make this unappetizing family film properly go down ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 27, 2006
Nanny McPhee should work for the kids, but it's the unusual adult who will find these proceedings charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 27, 2006
Nanny McPhee isn't a bad film, just a disappointing one.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2005
Thompson is impossible to dislike, but her ineffable grace and sympathy are not as evident as usual.
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Anna Smith
Time Out
June 24, 2006
...Pleasing but ultimately unsatisfying.
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
January 26, 2006
The fun is doled out in small portions and the film is so passive that younger kids will probably fidget in their seats.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
January 27, 2006
Although such elements lend the film an edge most American children's films wouldn't dare, Nanny McPhee is actually quite conventional in virtually every other regard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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