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Nanny McPhee Reviews

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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 27, 2006
Nanny McPhee falls back on the Nickelodeon principle "If all else fails, hit 'em with a retina-searing overload of visual and aural information."
| Original Score: C+
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Anna Smith
Time Out
June 24, 2006
...Pleasing but ultimately unsatisfying.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 8, 2006
The kids will love the candy-box sets and costumes like confectionery-shop windows, the whimsy and farcical grotesqueness of it all.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
February 4, 2006
Any time Thompson curls that prosthetic snaggletooth over her lower lip and murmurs a nearly inaudible harrumph is a comic moment to be treasured.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 27, 2006
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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 27, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 27, 2006
Naughty (and nice) children of all ages, particularly little girls, should gobble this one up, and rightly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
January 27, 2006
Nanny McPhee has its own enduring charm, a mix of witty dialogue, pie-throwing slapstick and eccentric family portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 27, 2006
This bracing adaptation of the Nurse Matilda books by Christianna Brand is the acidic antidote to Mary Poppins sweetness.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 27, 2006
Nanny McPhee, though it drags a bit in its middle acts, finishes with such gusto that neither you nor your kids will need a spoonful of anything to make this movie medicine go down.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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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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
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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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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
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
January 27, 2006
Thompson's script is clever and, despite that monstrous makeup, her performance is deliciously balanced by the standards of what is, after all, a children's fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 27, 2006
Nanny McPhee offers solid family entertainment in the face of it all. Mary Poppins, eat your heart out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 27, 2006
Nanny McPhee is clever enough, but it never feels like it's hitting quite the right notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 27, 2006
A winning tale of naughty children in need of love and the mysterious governess who comes to their aid.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 27, 2006
With Yours, Mine and Ours and Cheaper By the Dozen 2 lately cluttering up the multiplexes with teeming masses of onscreen children in search of a better agent, Nanny McPhee arrives as a jolly improvement.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 27, 2006
At its most enjoyable the film feels like Roald Dahl's idea of Mary Poppins -- and on occasion, The Sound of Music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 26, 2006
... an appealing tale of youthful empowerment and whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 26, 2006
... a movie whose twisted visual imagination is more forceful than its wobbly, zigzagging narrative.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 26, 2006
... [Thompson] gives McPhee a gravitas that provides the movie with a deep core of feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 26, 2006
Will kids like the movie? I suspect they will. Kids like to see other kids learning the rules even if they don't much want to learn them themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 26, 2006
Thompson never allows Nanny McPhee to become cute or cuddly, but manages to make the children -- and us -- love her, warts and all.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 26, 2006
Nanny McPhee casts a captivating spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
January 26, 2006
And while those classics, like Julie Andrews' incandescent Maria and Poppins, were practically perfect in every way, Nanny McPhee is quite deserving of its own special place in the magical universe.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 26, 2006
Based on Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda kid's book series, one can see how the material might have had potential, if the cast were not pressing so much for laughs.
| Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 26, 2006
Nanny McPhee is perfect for little girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 25, 2006
Nanny McPhee is one of those raucous, hyperactive kiddie flicks that knocks you upside the head from its opening frame.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jaime Mastromonica
Village Voice
January 25, 2006
If you have someone under 10 to take to the movies, this one is charming and painless.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
October 24, 2005
Under the surface, the movie has a streak of Roald Dahl-style darkness which dilutes the sugar.
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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.