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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Reviews

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
June 3, 2013
Fanciful wit to spare, and Adams is sheer delight.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade
February 27, 2009
A valentine to a by-gone era; one of the ten best films of 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a well-acted comedy with enough old-fashioned qualities to make it an enjoyable experience for long-standing audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 17, 2008
The spectre of impending war hangs heavily in the background of this romantic comedy, giving it a bit more heft.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 27, 2008
Period comedies are a tough act to swallow for some, but if you are on the fence at all, please make sure Miss Pettigrew lives for more than just one day."
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 15, 2008
There's not a lot to it really--no deep underlying message other than an exploration of women's roles in society at the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Turner
August 15, 2008
In short, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day is fluffy and forgettable, but it's also undeniably entertaining, thanks to pacey direction and delightful performances from McDormand and Adams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
August 15, 2008
McDormand is left trying for emotional depth in a sea of middling farce and semi-sophisticated comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
August 15, 2008
It's lucky that Amy Adams and Frances McDormand lend their best charms to Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, otherwise this featherweight Art Deco fancy might drift away like a soap bubble, and go 'pop!'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Martin Hoyle
Financial Times
August 15, 2008
American Lee Pace, from TV's Pushing Daisies, manages not one but several creditable English accents, sometimes unfortunately all in the same sentence, but whose emotional depth shows up this ball of fluff as insubstantial. Forgettable.

The Sun (UK)
August 15, 2008
The laughs are gentle but regular and all roles are played brilliantly, especially McDormand and the gorgeous Amy Adams as Delysia. Miss Pettigrew is 90 minutes of charming escapism - a perfect movie for mums.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
August 15, 2008
Making a film usually involves a script, a director and a budget. Miss Pettigrew, on the other hand, is so unbelievably frothy, it looks as if it was prepared using merely a bucket of warm water and some soap flakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Mail (UK)
August 15, 2008
I can't imagine it appealing much to anyone below the age of 70. It offers a stale, rather than nostalgic, whiff of brilliantine and moth-eaten antimacassars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Leyland
Total Film
August 15, 2008
Stagey fluff, yes, but old romantics will spare a sigh for the fairytale fade-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ruth Ford
Sky Movies
August 15, 2008
They don't make them like that anymore? Well, no. But Miss Pettigrew makes for a fun, fluffy substitute.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jenny McCartney
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 15, 2008
Despite its limitations, I found it impossible to dislike this frail little tale.
Peter Bradshaw
August 15, 2008
McDormand is frankly bland and unresponsive in a role she clearly couldn't care less about; Adams's wide-eyed ingenue routine is on autopilot, and the whole thing looks like a sub-prime American TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
August 15, 2008
It's a squirming watch, at times quite tortuous because the film can never decide if it's a musical or a play with far too much music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
August 15, 2008
A gentle period piece that will look more comfortable on the small screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Anna Smith
Time Out
August 15, 2008
Adams is adorable as the wide-eyed would-be starlet, with McDormand spot-on as the sensible half of the odd couple. A delightfully frivolous screwball comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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