Nanny McPhee


Nanny McPhee

Critics Consensus

A bit alarming at first, Nanny McPhee has a hard edge to counter Mary Poppins-style sweetness, but it still charms us and teaches some valuable lessons.



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In this dark and witty fable, Nanny McPhee (a person of an unsettling appearance and magical powers) enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown and attempts to tame his seven exceedingly ill-behaved children. The children, led by the oldest boy Simon, have managed to drive away 17 previous nannies and are certain that they will have no trouble with this one. But as Nanny McPhee takes control, they begin to notice that their vile behavior now leads swiftly and magically to rather startling consequences. Her influence also extends to the family's deeper problems, including Mr. Brown's sudden and seemingly inexplicable attempts to find a new wife; an announcement by the domineering Aunt Adelaide that she intends to take one of the children away; and the sad and secret longings of their scullery maid, Evangeline. As the children's behavior begins to change, Nanny McPhee's arresting face and frame appear to change as well, creating even more questions about this mysterious stranger whom the children and their father have come to love.

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Emma Thompson
as Nanny McPhee
Colin Firth
as Cedric Brown
Holly Gibbs
as Christianna
Sam Honywood
as Sebastian
Hebe Barnes
as Baby Agatha
Zinnia Barnes
as Baby Agatha
Kelly Macdonald
as Evangeline
Celia Imrie
as Selma Quickly
Derek Jacobi
as Mr. Wheen
Patrick Barlow
as Mr. Jowls
Imelda Staunton
as Mrs. Blatherwick
Angela Lansbury
as Great Aunt Adelaide
Phyllida Law
as Mrs. Partridge
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Critic Reviews for Nanny McPhee

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (34)

  • Nanny McPhee falls back on the Nickelodeon principle "If all else fails, hit 'em with a retina-searing overload of visual and aural information."

    Nov 27, 2006 | Rating: C+

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • ...Pleasing but ultimately unsatisfying.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The kids will love the candy-box sets and costumes like confectionery-shop windows, the whimsy and farcical grotesqueness of it all.

    Feb 8, 2006

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • Any time Thompson curls that prosthetic snaggletooth over her lower lip and murmurs a nearly inaudible harrumph is a comic moment to be treasured.

    Feb 4, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • There's nothing offhand or spontaneous-feeling about Nanny McPhee; it's a highly mechanical piece of work, and its potentially delightful details are wasted.

    Jan 27, 2006
  • In a seemingly blithe way, the movie captures an aspect of child consciousness not usually explored onscreen -- that zone between innocence and knowledge.

    Jan 27, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nanny McPhee

  • Aug 05, 2012
    For a family film, the content is way too sexual that was disturbing to an extent, but if you can ignore that it was a great film filled with lots of fun, a perfect fairytale really.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2011
    Emma Thompson aint got nuthin on Julie Andrews.
    Nay Nay B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    didn't like the characters in this nanny mcphee as much compared to the second one... the ending of the 2nd one was also fantastic... this movie also ended very well but there were parts of the movie where i just felt bored and didn't really care what happened.. this storyline wasn't as exciting as the 2nd nanny mcphee
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2011
    Nanny Mcphee is about a father that has a hard time keeping a nanny in house because his kids run the house. Then nanny Mcphee comes to see if she can help. At first the kids will do anything in their power to get rid of the new nanny. Will Mcphee leave or stay and teach them how to behave. Pros Good plot Con lacking acting I just thought Mary poppins was a better film.
    erika b Super Reviewer

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