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Once the rote mystery elements take over, the film devolves into a second-rate whodunit for kids, but even then, Roberts' irrepressible cheeriness and curiosity in the face of danger proves too adorable to resist.
In many ways, it's steadfastly adult, a picture that admits, with every frame, a desire to hang on to everything we value about traditional modes of movie storytelling, instead of just trying to figure out what will win big at the box office.
Director Andrew Fleming loses his footing trying to shoehorn Nancy into contemporary times. It's a bad fit, reminiscent of Woody Allen's short story about a professor who whisks Madame Bovary into modern-day Manhattan.
Tedious interpretation of the famous girl detective's adventures. Nancy Drew falls somewhere between The Haunted Mansion and the live-action Scooby Doo movies in terms of quality but is more irritating than either.
Roberts, bless her bubbly little heart, resolutely charges through the movie with a perkiness that ignores its lack of substance. Then again, this movie isn't about context. It's light, fluffy and fun.
This Nancy is indistinguishable from every other Teen Vogue cheerleader tapped by Hollywood for role model of the month over the last 20 years. Casting agents, are there no budding Jodie Fosters in the entirety of America's high school drama clubs?
The immensely likable Roberts... happens to be the best part of the film from director and co-writer Andrew Fleming, which offers a few laughs here and there but is otherwise contrived, cliched and stiff.
Purportedly an attempt to modernize the young detective's adventures for a new generation of tweens, the pic instead serves up stale mystery-movie cliches and overcooked red herrings in a thoroughly wooden adaptation.