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Nanny McPhee Returns Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 20, 2010
A delightful family movie, filled with frolicking farm animals, flying motorcycles and life lessons worth remembering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 20, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
August 20, 2010
There's still a warm, British naturalism to Nanny McPhee Returns and an old-fashioned cheerfulness uncommon to most of today's kids movies.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 20, 2010
The child actors are so funny that even the stalest jokes seem fresh.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
August 20, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 20, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 20, 2010
There's a charming little film struggling to get out of this nearly two-hour CGI extravaganza...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Hale
New York Times
August 20, 2010
The real scene stealers in Nanny McPhee Returns are the child actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 20, 2010
Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee is in fine form in her second comic outing for Universal.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 20, 2010
Ultimately, the performances carry the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
August 20, 2010
It still has charm, magic and Emma Thompson -- and that's more than you can say about a lot of family films.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 19, 2010
Has a lighter spirit than its predecessor, but it arrives at the same warm and touching place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 19, 2010
May Nanny McPhee return again, very soon.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 19, 2010
This sequel to 2006's Nanny McPhee is almost as charming as the first.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
August 19, 2010
Thompson again wrote the screenplay, putting an emphasis on language, emotion and manners, qualities typically in short supply in movies geared toward families.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 19, 2010
The ham-handed director was Susanna White, who intercuts compulsively, whether or not anything is happening.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 19, 2010
This dour, hyperactive family film is joyless, overly busy and starchy. Worse, it pats itself on the back for doling out the most minimal of morals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 19, 2010
Thanks to star Emma Thompson's smart, appealing script, the mysterious babysitter with the grotesque face and no-nonsense ways once again delivers a welcome antidote to Disneyfied heroines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 19, 2010
The film boasts animal magnetism for kids and emotional resonance for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
August 19, 2010
We get a gentler, more wink-inclined Nanny McPhee, not to mention kids whose rambunctiousness seems manufactured rather than entertainingly exaggerated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 19, 2010
Comedy built on a bedrock of poo jokes, hairy moles, and gooey substances that stick to characters' shoes.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 19, 2010
Thompson, unrecognizable for most of the movie, is impressively dour, a sort of Mary Poppins gone to seed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 19, 2010
Too much of the contrasting comedy in Nanny McPhee Returns is shrill, laden with routine computer-generated effects and pounded into dust by James Newton Howard's shut-up-already musical score.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 18, 2010
Sweet, sentimental, silly and star-studded, Nanny McPhee Returns is one of the best children's movies of the year, a fairytale stressed-out parents won't mind sharing with their little darlings.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 18, 2010
This is children's entertainment on the structural level of Roald Dahl and George Miller's great Babe: Pig in the City, even if the visuals rarely rise above polished and proficient.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
August 17, 2010
It's merely a compendium of photocopied elements, cartoonish special effects, and easy-bake happily-ever-afters.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2010
Kid viewers will have fun with the references to barnyard poo, poo of all sorts, poo to reckon with.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
July 7, 2010
A spoonful of sugar, a half-cup of schmaltz and some synchronized-swimming CGI piglets help the moral medicine go down a second time.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 25, 2010
Director Susanna White, surely one to watch, manages some disarming emotional grace notes under the circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5