Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

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After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights. But for 16-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure, and the chance to make a difference. Nancy gets that opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local "mean girl" Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!

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Critic Reviews for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

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

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dan Callahan

    TheWrap
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