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Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for rude humor, some language and mild thematic elements)
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Christianna Brand, Emma Thompson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 14, 2010
Box Office: $29.0M
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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 (120) | Top Critics (33)

The magic is gone.

Full Review… | July 19, 2015
The Patriot Ledger

It's possible that it could come off as a little surprising, despite its predictable nature, if you haven't seen the first film. But even then, I think it would be rather obvious that the charm is missing.

Full Review… | September 23, 2012

An unfunny nanny who outstays her welcome.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010

Thompson brings a sly wit to some scenes, and her absence is felt when she leaves the screen time to the bickering children.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
Salt Lake Tribune

Nanny McPhee Returns establishes standard class differences between the country cousins and the city cousins -- even as both sets of children are in need of retraining by the daunting Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson).

Full Review… | September 5, 2010

Almost defiantly old-fashioned. There is something charming about the idea that children will still go for this sort of thing.

Full Review… | September 5, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Nanny McPhee Returns

Cute. Nowhere near as good as the first.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Not as good as the first one. And how did she get hideous again? They should have left the movie at part one instead of making a boring sequel to it.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) is about a nanny that teaches some out of control kids some lesions.
Good plot
Some funny parts
Lacking acting
Some gross parts
Too childish.
As I said before I liked Mary Poppins better.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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