The Nanny Diaries


The Nanny Diaries

Critics Consensus

The Nanny Diaries' miscast lead and unrealistic, one-dimensional characters make this class satire far less effective than it should've been.



Total Count: 131


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A recent college graduate with few job prospects is hired to care for a precocious four-year-old boy in this satirical urban comedy starring Scarlett Johansson, Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, and Chris Evans. Annie Braddock (Johansson) is attempting to put her anthropology degree to good use in New York City with little success to show for her efforts. When a posh Upper East Side couple enlists Annie's aid in caring for their preschool-aged son, Annie's entire perspective is forever changed as she attempts to adjust to her new surroundings, shares a romance with a wealthy native boy, and strives to teach her charge the true meaning of happiness.

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Scarlett Johansson
as Annie Braddock
Alicia Keys
as Lynette
Chris Evans
as Harvard Hottie--Hayden
Donna Murphy
as Judy Braddock
Julie White
as Jane Gould
James Urbaniak
as Educational Consultant
Lewis Payton Jr.
as Bike Messenger
Sonnie Brown
as Human Resources Director
Georgina Chapman (II)
as TriBeCa Fashionista
Jodi Michelle Pynn
as Screeching Lady
Joanna Heimbold
as Glamour Mom
Marla Sucharetza
as Charity Mom
Phoebe Jonas
as Xanax Mom
Allison Sarofim
as Eating Disorder Mom
Tina Benko
as Shopaholic Mom
Reathel Bean
as Doorman
Rosa Nino
as Maria
Matilda Downey
as Polish Nanny
Elle De Amor
as Loud Nanny
Pete Heitmann
as Guitar Player
Nina Garbiras
as Miss Chicago
Rose Gonzalez
as South American Nanny
Shalonne Lee
as Jamaican Nanny
Ilana Levine
as Whiny Mom
Isabel Keating
as Paranoid Mom
Kevin M. Kraft
as Pierrot No. 1
Nicholas Alexiy Moran
as Pierrot No. 2
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Critic Reviews for The Nanny Diaries

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (46)

  • If you have a cast which includes Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti, you ought to give them something better to work with than this botched adaptation.

    Oct 12, 2007 | Rating: 1/5
  • Batten down the hatches; here's a film that really blows.

    Oct 12, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Top Critic
  • The wholesome child-friendly lessons made me feel queasy.

    Oct 12, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Like The Devil Wears Prada, this film's kicks come from watching the foibles and quirks of the uber-rich through an outsider's eyes, but the genuine sadness on display in the Nanny Diaries saves this film from being just a Prada knock-off.

    Oct 10, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Billy Cometti
    Top Critic
  • The conclusion is desperately trite, but Linney's performance helps this comedy - based on a novel by two nannies, take note - feel like a credible peek behind very expensive curtains.

    Oct 10, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The Nanny Diaries, despite many bright moments and a superior level of craftsmanship, is now a flabby urban fairy tale.

    Aug 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Nanny Diaries

  • Jun 13, 2013
    Based on the bestselling novel, The Nanny Diaries is a witty and heartfelt comedy. The story follows a recent anthropology graduate who takes a job as a nanny for a rich Fifth Avenue family, but she finds the culture shock a little hard to handle. Featuring an impressive cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Chris Evans, and Alicia Keys, the performances are pretty good and carry some weight. The comedy is also rather impressive, and delivers some wry satire about the nanny culture and the effects that it has on the family. However, the character development is a little weak and the plot's a bit contrived at times. A fun and charming comedy, The Nanny Diaries is an entertaining film with a poignant message.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2012
    It's quite surprising that I forgot to rate this before.Thanks to that Tumblr post I saw just now. Anyway, The Nanny Diaries is a pretty fun, cute, interesting and touching movie. It's one of those few average films that I would remember well.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2012
    Scarlett's great at being the nanny. I quite liked it surprisingly, it has some good satire to the upper class perspectives.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    Quite enjoyed this film! It's one that make you feel good and happy. A must see!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer

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