Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Reviews

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March 21, 2019
Lillis shines as the brainy detective, but the movie itself is none too bright.
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March 18, 2019
Ineffectual, irrelevant and amateurishly conceived from start to finish, this movie is so bad it could kill off Nancy Drew forever.
March 15, 2019
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
[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 12, 2019
The Hidden Staircase ultimately fails to introduce the younger members of its audience to the pleasures of movie detective.
March 11, 2019
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.
July 3, 2019
[Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase ] is a film that will be empowering to young girls and boys as it is a reminder that adventure and mystery await...
April 26, 2019
The kind of movie I want my kids to see, presenting young people who are smart and resourceful and good-hearted instead of self-entitled punks living in a world without consequences.
April 16, 2019
Sophia Lillis is an absolute delight as the new Nancy -- a far cry from the insufferable pill portrayed by Emma Roberts in 2007's awful Nancy Drew -- and it's a shame she most likely won't be allowed to return to the role.
April 7, 2019
I really didn't like this movie. I thought it was really poorly written and poorly made
March 23, 2019
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is a pleasing return to the kind of storytelling captured in those books, in which a mystery is tidily solved through logic and cleverness.
March 20, 2019
Wait for it to show up on TeeVee -- slow, dull, strictly small screen material.
March 18, 2019
This is innocuous, pop entertainment and, taken on those grounds, it does the job just fine.
March 18, 2019
There's care with messages and relationships, delivering PG-rated entertainment directly to those who will appreciate it the most.
March 16, 2019
The film is entertaining and engaging enough to earn a recommendation for its target audience of young girls. (Full Content Review for Parents - Scary Scenes, etc. - also Available)
March 15, 2019
[T]his character comes across as an anachronism. Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase could have played that as a joke, but smartly, it doesn't.
March 14, 2019
As for the mystery of how good the movie is, the case is closed on a positive note.
March 14, 2019
Sparkling book adaptation has great characters, some scares.
March 14, 2019
For a franchise that has been so prolific and so popular over the decades, one might expect more screen adaptations. This new version points to a possible reason why: The stories are rather thin.
March 13, 2019
While most of the acting here is unexceptional and the direction/editing often reflects odd choices,... the movie's intended demographic of adolescent and teenage girls will likely not care.
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