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Nancy Drew Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Anna Smith
Time Out
June 30, 2007
'Nancy Drew' still has a televisual feel - more 'Murder, She Wrote' than junior 'Marple'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 29, 2007
It's one of the few tween movies that isn't in your face; its limpness becomes appealing.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 19, 2007
I doubt if any female over the age of twelve would get much pleasure from the film.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 18, 2007
It's got a lot of fun energy, and it's got a certain kind of inspired loopiness that I found entertaining.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 18, 2007
This Nancy is a throwback, but a charming one, and Roberts (Julia Roberts' niece) plays her with an irresistible sweetness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 16, 2007
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.
| Original Score: B-
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
June 16, 2007
Crisply put together but just passably amusing, the movie is innocuous, light, and -- obviously -- very, very slight.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 16, 2007
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 15, 2007
Has all the suspense and intrigue of a less-than-groovy episode of Scooby-Doo.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
June 15, 2007
This Nancy Drew, not too sappy and not at all snappy, looks fully prepared for the next instalment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 15, 2007
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.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
June 15, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 15, 2007
None of the dialogue is particularly pointed, and the supposed Hollywood mean teens seem rather tame. (One of their big pranks involves stealing Nancy's cupcake.)
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 15, 2007
The film's and Nancy's nonjudgmental tone gives it a distinctly modern feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 15, 2007
A well-written and in many ways pleasing update of a character who has endured in print for 78 years.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 15, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 15, 2007
Fleming's movie doesn't fuss much with originality or storytelling logic but it does play nice from beginning to end, its positive messages bundled up with self-aware humor and empowered feminine pep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 15, 2007
An awkward mixture of send-up and formula kid's comedy that's only marginally better than the Olsen twins direct-to-video detective series.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 15, 2007
Hardly heart-racing stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 15, 2007
Could show a lot of 12-year-olds how much fun movies once were when they weren't compelled to prove their cool.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 15, 2007
A refreshingly kind and calm PG film that no one will be ashamed to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
June 15, 2007
[Roberts is] a natural in front of the camera, so warm and cute you're instantly charmed. Nancy Drew works largely because of Ms. Roberts.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
June 15, 2007
Overall, it feels lame. A disappointing revival of a classic character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 15, 2007
Roberts is pleasant enough but, like her fellow TV-bred teen stars, there's not a lot of there yet, let alone enough to suggest a corn-fed Sherlock Holmes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
June 14, 2007
The fish-out-of-water jokes often fall flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2007
I think it's the most radical thing I've seen so far this summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 14, 2007
Nancy Drew is a lark but nothing more, asking little from the audience while it flits from scene to scene.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 14, 2007
What's not to like about a girl detective who is a good citizen and better student, a leader rather than a follower, a resourceful seamstress who won't cut her clothes to fit this year's fashions?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 14, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 14, 2007
So tepid that even Nancy Drew loyalists may take a pass on any further cinematic adventures.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 14, 2007
Nancy Drew manages to navigate the era of cellphones and Mean Girls with retro nostalgia and wholesomeness, making it a rare girl-powered outing for tweens in an otherwise guy-centric summer.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 14, 2007
The film itself is more nice than good, but nice isn't the worst trait.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chicago Reader
June 14, 2007
The postmodernist evocations of the past (roughly the 50s through the 80s) are a charming mishmash, delivered with wit and style.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 14, 2007
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?
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2007
Why does a movie so dolled up with oodles of stylistic doodles fall so flat?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 13, 2007
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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 13, 2007
If Nancy Drew is the start of a new franchise, parents and kids alike should rejoice.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 13, 2007
The characters undergo nothing that could be remotely associated with development, the mystery is wafer-thin, and the slight plot is stretched to the breaking point in order to fill out 95 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 13, 2007
Unavoidably arch but essentially playful in its wit, Nancy Drew neither wears out its welcome nor compromises its heroine.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 13, 2007
Send your teenagers to Nancy Drew if you're seeking an effective revenge for all their MTV TiVo's. It's a movie with the charisma of gangrene.
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June 9, 2007
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.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
June 9, 2007
It's hardly sacred literature that shouldn't be messed with, yet the source material's particular resonance remains elusive in this 21st century update.