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The Nanny Diaries Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Anna Smith
Time Out
October 10, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 27, 2007
The Nanny Diaries, despite many bright moments and a superior level of craftsmanship, is now a flabby urban fairy tale.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 25, 2007
With [Linney], the film receives some badly needed dimension to its thin satire, not to mention the lion's share of the laughs.
| Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 25, 2007
This is the sort of ho-hum production that will likely seem less disappointing on a smaller screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 24, 2007
Whatever its faults are, The Nanny Diaries is hardly the disaster that the gossipmongers -- including, perhaps, even the studio that made it -- want us to believe.
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 24, 2007
A clever, satiric novel turned dull-witted movie.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 24, 2007
A film that is even more lightweight and clichéd than the fluff that was the best-selling book.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
August 24, 2007
What puts The Nanny Diaries a cut above the run-of-the-mill romantic comedy is the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 24, 2007
A movie that is much better than a slick adaptation of a best-selling novel has any right to be.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 24, 2007
The Nanny Diaries plods along pointlessly to its flat conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 24, 2007
There's a heart-sinking moment early in The Nanny Diaries when it becomes apparent that every literary gimmick that seemed arch and clever in the bestselling novel of 2002 is going to fall horribly flat in the worst movie of 2007.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 24, 2007
There's something painful about watching Scarlett Johansson, who looks as if she never had an indecisive moment in her life, struggle to seem ineffectual.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 24, 2007
These Diaries devolve into an outraged, sad-eyed social commentary that condemns New York's people of privilege and their rich, child-neglecting ways, but doesn't really let us laugh at them.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 24, 2007
A misguided film that veers between extremes in sentimentality and misanthropy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 24, 2007
Locked down in a celluloid prison cell marked The Nanny Diaries for 105 punishingly awful minutes, I was seconds away from crying 'Attica' and leading a tactical assault on the projectionist's booth when the words 'The End' appeared on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 24, 2007
Despite some clever early fantasy scenes, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's adaptation of best seller The Nanny Diaries won't make Bridget Jones give up her writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 24, 2007
A sleek, handsomely made bauble buoyed by a cast much stronger than the flimsy material deserves.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 24, 2007
Too false to be funny, too pat to be real.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 24, 2007
There's a good movie buried inside The Nanny Diaries, and a good cast trying hard to dig it out. Too bad they don't get much help.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 24, 2007
There's a surreal tinge to The Nanny Diaries that works both for and against the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 24, 2007
The Nanny Diaries has been rendered unexpectedly enjoyable and engaging by good casting and performances, and superior writing and direction.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 24, 2007
The movie itself is sort of bland and obvious and comfortable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 24, 2007
This isn't life. It's Lifetime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 24, 2007
As The Nanny Diaries wobbles along uncertainly, it rests on the tense, squared shoulders of Laura Linney.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 24, 2007
Satire should be knife-sharp and whip-smart, and The Nanny Diaries never is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 23, 2007
Any inadvertent class issues raised during the course of her attempt to find herself, love and career satisfaction are dispatched by pitting the deserving poor(-ish) against the suspiciously moneyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 23, 2007
It's hard to account for the curious emptiness of The Nanny Diaries.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 23, 2007
The unfaithful film adaptation so undermines the novel's spiky social satire that it constitutes some kind of aesthetic crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 23, 2007
Although the novel was praised for its dead-on accuracy in portraying this high-end world, far too much of the movie is fantastical.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 23, 2007
Wealthy New Yorkers don't often get skewered as mercilessly as they do in this comedy by writing and directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, but the audacity turns out to be deceptive and formulaic.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 23, 2007
It sounds like the ultimate chick flick with crossover potential -- Scarlett Johansson learning a lot about life and a little about love in a film based on a cornerstone of chick lit -- but not even chicks will get much out of The Nanny Diaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 23, 2007
Linney -- this has happened too much to her -- is once again the best thing in a movie that at most achieves a certain mediocrity.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2007
The casting is all fine; everything else is pushy and out of joint.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 23, 2007
We get a half-cocked martyr movie about a plucky prole sticking it to the corrupt bourgeoisie: Joan of (Central) Park.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 23, 2007
Nanny Diaries, through a failure of either verve or nerve, stumbles almost as awkwardly as its heroine does into her child-minder gig.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 22, 2007
Yes, there are wealthy New Yorkers as toxic as the X's, but by making them so one-dimensional that it threatens to strain the word dimension, The Nanny Diaries becomes as flaccid and predictable as something you'd expect from Hollywood hacks.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 20, 2007
The real letdown comes from knowing that the film is from Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the husband-and-wife writing-directing team behind the thrillingly inventive American Splendor.
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August 17, 2007
This new comedy rarely rises above standard sitcom fare, a bitter and ironic disappointment given the involvement of American Splendor writer-directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 17, 2007
Satire that sputters when its characters refuse to grow out of caricature.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 16, 2007
The movie shouldn't open in the Museum of Natural History but the Museum of the Moving Image -- with a display of chick-flick clichés through the ages.