Mary Poppins (1964)

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Critic Consensus: A lavish modern fairy tale celebrated for its amazing special effects, catchy songs, and Julie Andrews's legendary performance in the title role.

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"Practically Perfect In Every Way" Mary Poppins flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the spirited nanny turns every chore into a game and every day into a "Jolly Holiday."

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Critic Reviews for Mary Poppins

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (5)

The sets are luxuriant, the songs lilting, the scenario witty but impeccably sentimental, and the supporting cast only a pinfeather short of perfection.

Apr 24, 2009 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
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The grace of the effects makes it some kind of classic.

Mar 3, 2008 | Full Review…

Julie Andrews' first appearance on the screen is a signal triumph and she performs as easily as she sings, displaying a fresh type of beauty nicely adaptable to the color cameras.

Mar 3, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
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Compared to even 'sophisticated' juvenile fodder, the sheer exuberance of Disney's adaptation of PL Travers' children's classic should tickle the most jaded fancy.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

I find it irresistible. Plenty of other adults will feel the same way. And, needless to say, so will the kids.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

As the magical nanny who turns life upside down for her charges in Edwardian England, Julie Andrews maintains a stiff upper lip that dries out some of the Disney schmaltz.

Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mary Poppins

½

One of Disney's best musicals to date, with a good story to follow as well. A real classic.

Dean King
Dean King

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A magical Disney film that marvels us with fantastic special effects, a splendid combination of live action and animation, an unforgettable performance by Julie Andrews and a great amount of memorable musical numbers that stay in our heads and make us hum them for hours after the movie is over.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

Although it's running time is a bit of a drag at times, "Mary Poppins" boasts strong musical numbers and many story elements that kids and adults can relate to. I will say that with age, this film does begin to grow a little slow, and I'm sure I'll get tons of hate for this, but it just does not connect well today. I feel like kids will love it, and I highly enjoyed watching it, but for what it is, it should be kept stored away until your kids can watch it. The most interesting things happen during the first half of the picture, which upset me a little, because I wanted a little more in the finale of the film. Sure the musical numbers are nice, but there are too many in my opinion. All in all, "Mary Poppins" is a very charming film that you can enjoy at any time, and even though it's not one of my personal favourite Disney films, it's still a very strong one.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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½

Mary Poppins is one Disney's greatest live action films. Brilliantly acted with plenty of memorable songs, this is a great film to watch with the entire family. Brilliantly directed by Robert Stevenson and with a strong lead performance in Julie Andrews as the title character, this is a great classic that is a must see for anyone who loves Disney. This is a memorable film from start to finish, one that is entertaining for the entire family. This is yet another Disney classic and it is among the best live action films that the studio has produced. This very engaging from start to finish and it's impossible to not like this. This film has charm, heart and plenty of family friendly moments. This was Disney in their prime, at the peak of their creative energy and it shows. Mary Poppins is one of the best live features that Disney has put. If you haven't seen it yet, then definitely watch it with your kids. This is an enjoyable film that people of all ages can enjoy. This film is lots of fun from start from start to finish, and it's a very memorable viewing experience. Due to its charm and heart, Mary Poppins delivers an entertaining two hours of great entertainment. This among the best live action films that Disney has put out, and it still great after all these years. Once you watch it, you'll understand why this film is so endearing to its viewers. A must see film, one that is quite hard to forget. This will certainly be among Disney fans favorite films, a great film no matter what age you are.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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