Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

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Elevated by a well-cast Sophia Lillis, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase leads audiences into a genially entertaining new take on the venerable character.

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Movie Info

Modern, smart, and independent, Nancy Drew reluctantly befriends Helen, the local mean girl, and together they investigate the haunting of Twin Elms.

Cast & Crew

Sam Trammell
Carson Drew
Zoe Renee
George Fayne
Jay DeVon Johnson
Sheriff Marchbanks
Jesse C. Boyd
Willie Wharton
Katt Shea
Director
Nina Fiore
Screenwriter
John Hererra
Screenwriter
Ellen DeGeneres
Executive Producer
Wendy Williams
Executive Producer
Edd Lukas
Cinematographer
Richard Nord
Film Editor
Sherri Chung
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Critic Reviews for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (8)

  • Lillis shines as the brainy detective, but the movie itself is none too bright.

    March 21, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • Ineffectual, irrelevant and amateurishly conceived from start to finish, this movie is so bad it could kill off Nancy Drew forever.

    March 18, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
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  • Lillis is ideally cast as Nancy, often cheerfully undercutting some of her character's more precocious proclamations, cracking smiles and reminding us that she's still a kid.

    March 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Lillis is] the freshest thing to happen to Nancy Drew in decades, making it clear that casting was the solution that has so often eluded this series in its jump from page to screen in the past.

    March 15, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • The Hidden Staircase ultimately fails to introduce the younger members of its audience to the pleasures of movie detective.

    March 12, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Clearly made by people who have thought through the material and tried to make it enjoyable and palatable, but the set-up at the end for further sequels feels a little too hopeful.

    March 11, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dan Callahan

    TheWrap
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Audience Reviews for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

  • Oct 23, 2019
    Nancy Drew embarks on her lamest adventure yet in Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. After hearing that an old woman's house is haunted young super-sleuth Nancy Drew offers to investigate, and makes a new friend in the process. Sophia Lillis (of It fame) takes on the titular role of Nancy Drew, but is a little too happy-go-lucky; particularly given that the character's recently lost her mother. And, there's never any real sense that she's ever in danger or could fail to solve the mystery. Also, the mystery itself is rather doubt and Scooby-Doo-ish; with ghosts and nefarious businessmen. Hockey and uninspired, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is yet another failed attempt to re-launch the franchise.
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