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Emma Roberts is bubbly and charming as Nancy Drew, the junior detective. But despite her best efforts, Nancy Drew still lacks excitement, surprise, and compelling secondary characters.
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For sheer objectionable stupidity and dullness, this film takes the biscuit.
'Nancy Drew' still has a televisual feel - more 'Murder, She Wrote' than junior 'Marple'.
It's one of the few tween movies that isn't in your face; its limpness becomes appealing.
I doubt if any female over the age of twelve would get much pleasure from the film.
It's got a lot of fun energy, and it's got a certain kind of inspired loopiness that I found entertaining.
This Nancy is a throwback, but a charming one, and Roberts (Julia Roberts' niece) plays her with an irresistible sweetness.
As played by Emma Roberts, Nancy boasts a plucky self-assuredness that inspires rather than annoys.
A great coming of age girl movie that prioritzes teen personality and brain power over female body appeal.
...younger people should find it entertaining, and the spoofing will not be a complete waste for many adults.
For adults, there are some pleasures to be found here and there, but parents won't be blown away by it the way their daughters will.
I think a character like Nancy Drew can still work in today's pop culture world, but unfortunately the film doesn't believe in her enough.
Big-screen teen sleuth is cute, if a bit bland.
A childish movie. Has all the normal Nancy Drew clichés, but does not transfer well to the 21st century.
A great film for intelligent pre-teen girls but anyone out of that audience range won't find much to like about this. Roberts gives a good performance, but I assume the source material is much richer and enthralling.
Nancy Drew is an embarassment to mystery films and may be fine for small girls, but not for me.
It's lame and boring. I liked reading the book version more.
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