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Mary Poppins Returns Reviews

March 4, 2019
I'm usually not a big fan of Rob Marshall but everything about this is seamless.
December 28, 2018
This seamless blend of old and new is typical of Marshall's approach. Using the original film as his template, he's honed it and updated it, taking care to strike plenty of nostalgic notes en route.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2018
The real problem is the film's failure to do its own magic and give life to what's on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 21, 2018
It's well crafted, well acted, and features some terrific live-action/animation combos. But it never quite achieves liftoff, which is a big problem for a musical -- especially this musical... Still, I suppose momentary joy is better than no joy at all.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 20, 2018
I found this sequel deeply slumping, not to mention unnecessary, unmagical and often unfunny. The misuse of talent is what slumped me the most.
December 20, 2018
I loved it-and while that doesn't mean I can ignore its problems, I left it feeling that a little something had been restored to me rather than taken away.
December 20, 2018
"Mary Poppins Returns" is 50 percent sequel, 50 percent reboot and 100 percent charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
December 20, 2018
Emily Blunt, so often the best thing in everything she touches, is a wonder in this role.
December 19, 2018
An industrial-strength sugarplum with compensations from Emily Blunt and Lin-Manual Miranda, whose performing magic can leave you feeling deliriously happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 19, 2018
[Mary Poppins] is incandescent.
Top Critic
December 19, 2018
The movie is full of joyous, unexpected things to applaud...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2018
An odd knockoff that will work for some audiences and leave others craving a rewatch of an old favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 18, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns serves as a reminder that, for all its global scope and hegemonic ambition, Disney still has a little magic left up its sleeve.
December 18, 2018
There's more than a spoonful of sugar in this felicitous revisitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2018
What's odd here is how closely the new movie follows the original's arc without ever capturing its bliss or tapping into its touching delicacy of feeling.
December 17, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns is an imperfect sequel but as a throw-away holiday film designed to provide a family viewing experience, it satisfies a need.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2018
I mean, homage is one thing, but this reeks less of nostalgia than sweat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 17, 2018
It all just feels incredibly effortful, not effervescent and light.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
December 14, 2018
It shifts a little nearer than its predecessor did to the spiky, peppery briskness of Travers's tales, and the whole enterprise exhales, as it should, an air of the politely mad.
December 14, 2018
Blunt is charmingly crisp and superior. Her winning performance makes this new nanny a keeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2018
"Mary Poppins Returns" might have had a chance had the movie not tried to compete with the original in terms of scale. With 20 minutes of song and dance numbers cut, the movie really could have been better - not great, but better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 13, 2018
It's not just Blunt that's at the top of her game in this thoroughly delightful enterprise by director Rob Marshall and a crack team of artists devoted to both honoring a time-worn classic and finding something new to say. The visuals are lovely [too].
December 12, 2018
Emily Blunt proves herself a sparkling successor to Julie Andrews -with a lovely singing voice to match.
December 12, 2018
Blunt sings well and dances efficiently (she's best in a music-hall number in which she gets to play Cockney and show some sass), but she's a mite robotic. She makes you appreciate how well the part fit Julie Andrews.
December 12, 2018
Spoonfuls of sugar always help the movie magic go down; if only this Mary had gotten a necessary twist of lemon, too.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 12, 2018
When Blunt, in strong voice, sings a new song, "The Place Where Lost Things Go" (an exquisite lullaby that already feels like a classic), she's offering up a cosmic coping strategy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 12, 2018
Emily Blunt, holding the movie in her impeccably gloved hands, makes Mary Poppins her own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 12, 2018
It will be a jolly-er holiday with "Mary Poppins Returns."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2018
Perfectly passable, but well short of practically perfect.
December 12, 2018
It's the Poppins we know and love, back to restore our dimming sense of childlike amazement-on behalf of a gargantuan, sinister corporation currently waging a campaign to mechanically extract every available dollar from our earliest memories.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 12, 2018
This Mary Poppins may not be strictly necessary, but it's more than sufficient.
December 12, 2018
"Mary Poppins Returns" is a beautiful sequel to the 1960s original. Could you imagine that?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 12, 2018
It sits there flailing on the screen, bright, gaudy and mirthless, tossing off strained bits of comic business and all but strangling itself with its own good cheer.
December 12, 2018
Emily Blunt is practically perfect in every way in a 'Mary Poppins' sequel that uncannily recreates the original's wholesome studio-system vibe.
December 12, 2018
There's probably no real reason for "Mary Poppins Returns" to exist at all, but now that it's here, it does at least find some moments of delight even as it travels a familiar path.
December 12, 2018
While narratively no match for the classic Disney musical, the new "Mary" adds new songs and multitalented charisma machine Lin-Manuel Miranda to the mix for one undoubtedly comforting nostalgia-fest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2018
I admire it for its craftsmanship and technique, like a machine for creating nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 12, 2018
Mary Poppins may steel the Banks children for the future, but her perfunctory new adventure only leaves us wishing to return to the way things were.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 12, 2018
Its old-fashioned, honest sentimentality plasters a smile across your face and plants a tear in your eye, often simultaneously.