Nanny McPhee 2006

Nanny McPhee

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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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64%

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Widower Cedric Brown (Colin Firth) hires Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) to care for his seven rambunctious children, who have chased away all previous nannies. Taunted by Simon (Thomas Sangster) and his siblings, Nanny McPhee uses mystical powers to instill discipline. And when the children's great-aunt and benefactor, Lady Adelaide Stitch (Angela Lansbury), threatens to separate the kids, the family pulls together under the guidance of Nanny McPhee.

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Critic Reviews for Nanny McPhee

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (99) | Rotten (36)

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

    November 27, 2006 | Rating: C+

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
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  • ...Pleasing but ultimately unsatisfying.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

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

    February 8, 2006

    Rex Reed

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

    February 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.

    January 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.

    January 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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