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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 6, 2008
Watching McDormand stretch out diphthongs that nonetheless obstinately refuse to budge from mid-Atlantic, all I could think was, what, the Emilys Blunt and Watson weren't available?
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 7, 2008
At least Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day has the good grace to go wrong quickly; you don't have to sit there squirming with doubt.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 6, 2008
The closest it comes to being interesting is when air raid sirens blare, bringing all the nonsense to a halt for a too-brief respite. But there are only so many air raids to go around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Grierson
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 2, 2008
Isn't nearly as fun and frothy as it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
March 6, 2008
frequently overreaches
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 23, 2008
Somehow the characters never manage to make it all the way to likable. This film works as a quick throwaway comedy, only 90 minutes long, but is likely to be quickly forgotten.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Frederica Mathewes-Green
Christianity Today
March 7, 2008
Adams can be a better actress than this, and the result is something like Who Framed Roger Rabbit?--Miss Pettigrew is a real person, and Delysia is a toon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
March 7, 2008
It does have its charms and while I can't entirely recommend it, I am not exactly sorry that I saw it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 6, 2008
Adiafori komenti kostoymion, gia tin alitheia kai tin alithino-tita tis agapis sta hronia tis haotikis apostasis tis mpoyrzoyazias kai tis kallitehnikis ergatias.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
March 3, 2008
Brisk, peppy, light on its feet, and trying awfully hard to be reminiscent of a fast-talking Depression-era rags-to-riches comedy, the film can be best described as inoffensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
March 6, 2008
The film substitutes speed for camaraderie and cleverness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 6, 2008
Director Bharat Nalluri compounds the chintziness with a full-throttle approach that blows away any lingering nuance from the source material.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 7, 2008
If dour Miss Pettigrew does indeed live for a day, good for her. That's 24 hours longer than this movie seems to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 7, 2008
I adore Frances McDor mand, but she's seri ously miscast -- in a title role Emma Thompson could play in her sleep -- in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, an uneasy blend of screwball comedy and pathos set in 1939 London.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2008
Director Bharat Nalluri tries to goose the bedroom farce with swing music, heavy on the brushes and clarinet, and the blossoming romance between the frumpy Pettigrew and an urbane fashion designer seems willfully ignorant of British class codes.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 7, 2008
This flat-footed screwball period piece is aimed at the 'art house' crowd, which means it must take itself seriously, which means it must stop dead in its tracks to address the waste of war, and so on...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
March 6, 2008
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is terminally pleasant. Granted, pleasant isn't a bad thing, but the film calls for a looser, more wild side that never quite comes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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February 23, 2012
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