Nanny McPhee Returns

Critics Consensus

Emma Thompson's second labor of love with the Nanny McPhee character actually improves on the first, delivering charming family fare with an excellent cast.

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A struggling mother receives some much-needed assistance tending to the family farm and raising a group of spirited children while her military husband is fighting overseas in this sequel to the whimsical 2005 fantasy comedy Nanny McPhee. Mrs. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) lives in a scenic valley with her two sons and one daughter. They each understand the importance of working together as a family, and things are going remarkably smoothly for the rural quartet until a pair of spoiled cousins arrives for an extended stay, effectively turning the quaint little farm into a virtual zoo. As the situation quickly gets out of hand, Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) suddenly appears on Isabel's doorstep claiming that she can bring a much-needed sense of order to the out-of-control household. In time the mysterious helper does just that, using powerful magic to teach her young charges the importance of getting along, and gradually winning their trust in the process. But when the piglets escape from their sty, the contentious kids must work together to recover the family farm's most valued assets, or risk losing everything their father worked so hard to build before he went off to fight in the war. Rhys Ifans and Maggie Smith co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Emma Thompson
as Nanny McPhee
Maggie Gyllenhaal
as Isabel Green
Rhys Ifans
as Phil green
Maggie Smith
as Mrs. Docherty
Asa Butterfield
as Norman Green
Ralph Fiennes
as Lord Gray
Ewan McGregor
as Mr. Green
Oscar Steer
as Vincent Green
Lil Woods
as Megsie Green
Sinead Matthews
as Miss Topsey
Katy Perry
as Miss Turvey
Sam Kelly
as Mr. Docherty
Bill Bailey
as Farmer Macreadie
Daniel Mays
as Blenkinsop
Eros Vlahos
as Cyril Gray
Nonso Anozie
as Sergeant Jeffreys
Ed Stoppard
as Lieutenant Addis
Toby Sedgwick
as Enemy Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Nanny McPhee Returns

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (35)

  • A delightful family movie, filled with frolicking farm animals, flying motorcycles and life lessons worth remembering.

    Aug 20, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • That those blemishes begin to disappear each time her kids learn from her teachings offers a somewhat disturbing statement on the value of physical beauty.

    Aug 20, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • There's still a warm, British naturalism to Nanny McPhee Returns and an old-fashioned cheerfulness uncommon to most of today's kids movies.

    Aug 20, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The child actors are so funny that even the stalest jokes seem fresh.

    Aug 20, 2010 | Full Review…
  • An authentic fairy tale for kids with brains and imagination, Nanny McPhee Returns"serves up a flavorful mixture of magic and melancholy, barnyard humor and old-timey British idealism.

    Aug 20, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It can take a miracle to create a movie that's fun for kids and their parents. Luckily, Nanny McPhee has a little magic up her sleeve.

    Aug 20, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nanny McPhee Returns

  • Apr 25, 2012
    Surprisingly . . . It was very good. It was smart, the characters are all good and well acted and the family fun was very fresh and enchanting. And Another, in the cast, it should be Katy Brand, not Katy Perry so Rotten Tomatoes should change that.
    August S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Like many other children during World War II in London, Cyril(Eros Vlahos) and Celia Gray(Rosie-Taylor Ritson) are evacuated to the countryside. But they are dismayed when they are dropped off by their chaffeur(Daniel Mays) to find the farmhouse of their aunt, Isabel Green(Maggie Gyllenhaal), is almost literally a pigsty. To Isabel's credit, she thought they were arriving the following day. That's not to mention the three children(Oscar Steer, Asa Butterfield & Lil Woods) of hers she has to care for alone while her husband is away at war, helping out elderly Mrs. Docherty(Maggie Smith) at the general store, and most importantly keeping the farm afloat and out of the hands of her shifty brother-in-law, Phil(Rhys Ifans), who wants it to pay off his gambling debts. Enter Nanny McPhee(Emma Thompson, who also wrote the script) to the rescue. "Nanny McPhee Returns" is the rare sequel that improves on the original by simultaneously de-emphasizing the grotestquerie while also having a much stronger plot. That's not to say the movie does not get off to an awkward start and is still unnecessarily crude. But once it does get going, it turns into quite the enjoyable movie where valuable lessons are learned by all and we get more insight into the many people Nanny McPhee has helped over the years. Plus, I also found where all my pens have been going.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    this movie was cool enjoyed it and i loved the ending
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2011
    Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) is about a nanny that teaches some out of control kids some lesions. Pros Good plot Some funny parts Cons Lacking acting Some gross parts Too childish. As I said before I liked Mary Poppins better.
    erika b Super Reviewer

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