Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)

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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.

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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 (31)

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

Cute. Nowhere near as good as the first.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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½

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
Dead Angel

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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 bruhns
erika bruhns

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She may not be as charming and polished as Mary Poppins, but Nanny McPhee is every bit as needed and loved by those in her charge, even if they don't know it at first. This delightful follow-up to 2005 original sees Emma Thompson returning to the eponymous role, as well as screenwriting duties, but with the action fast-forwarded to WWII. It is a classic family fun. Those in long pants, though, be warned, that this is a busy and picturesque picture that can't help but feel static and colour-by-numbers. It's seriously hampered by Maggie Gyllenhaal's pantomime performance. She appears to be trying super hard to either look enchanted or in need of smelling salts, and never clicks with the material. Rhys Ifans's approach is similarly head-smackingly, talk-to-himself cartoonish, but it at least suits his villain. Old-pro Thompson centres proceedings, and the kids are all terrific and will be first in line if they ever decide to reboot Harry Potter.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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