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Saving Mr. Banks Reviews

January 11, 2014
Forget super. This bighearted and intelligent drama is supercalifragili. . . .you get the idea
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 3, 2014
The whole thing leaves you with an appalling chill. It feels like a warning from Hollywood to the ambivalent creators of anything: Take the spoonful of sugar or we'll force-feed it to you.
December 20, 2013
Pencil Thompson in now for an Oscar nomination, and maybe a win, and prepare to leave the theater humming the iconic songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2013
The sap doesn't run too thick, although it does run, and the movie certainly has a patented Disney upbeat feel much of the time. It's more a spoonful of sugar than medicine for aging baby boomer's souls.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 20, 2013
Smart, delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2013
Saving Mr Banks is a merciless film. It hits you with every sentimental low blow it can think of. Then it pounds you again. And when you're down, it jumps on you.
December 19, 2013
"Saving Mr. Banks" is a shameless wad of corporate PR, a feel-good, self-serving Disney film about the making of a Disney film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 19, 2013
The movie avoids commonplace traps; it never becomes maudlin and it doesn't transform Travers into a likeable elderly lady whose heart of gold is camouflaged by crotchetiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2013
Beneath Banks' crass self-aggrandizement lies a pretty charming portrait of two overly proud people butting creative heads. Yes, charming. That's what Disney does, and it does it well enough to turn even this condescending pap into something palatable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 19, 2013
Most people will come away from Saving Mr. Banks feeling like they just sat through a feature-length ad for the magic of Walt Disney, with P.L. Travers' life tacked on as an afterthought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2013
A good movie, buoyed by good performances from Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and, almost as an afterthought, an especially affecting Colin Farrell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 18, 2013
The screenplay, by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, seamlessly captures two different eras with overlapping story lines that never intrude or confuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2013
This film works as its own lovingly rendered story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 16, 2013
Just as Mary rescued the wilting Banks family, so Thompson saves the film. A spoonful of her medicine makes the sugar go down.
December 13, 2013
For a movie that's all about what a swell idea it was to adapt Mary Poppins for the screen, Saving Mr. Banks seems remarkably uninterested in what made the movie special.
December 13, 2013
Thompson is very good at playing imperious, and she even manages an unexpected trace of flirtiness in a few offhanded moments with Hanks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 13, 2013
I found it interminable.
December 13, 2013
The picture finally succeeds as the kind of fantasy that its two main characters consorted in, individually and, on one project, together.
December 13, 2013
A desperately Oscar-hungry contrivance whose only hope lies with the terrific Thompson.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 13, 2013
An intoxicating kiddie cocktail for young-at-heart adults ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2013
"Saving Mr. Banks" wraps a seduction inside a seduction with enjoyable results. It's a Disney film in every sense of the term.
December 12, 2013
Nobody plays huffy like Thompson, who seems to sniff with her entire body; she's wonderfully funny against Hanks' effusive Disney.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2013
Travers would have despised it. For the rest of us it's an entertaining, affecting, deftly acted saga, interspersed with illustrative flashbacks from Travers' childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
December 12, 2013
Like the Mary Poppins film Disney would eventually serve up, Saving Mr. Banks is an affable, enjoyable spoonful of sugar that sweetens into palatability the sinus-clearing bite of the books - and the implacable iron lady who wrote them.
December 12, 2013
Saving Mr. Banks is hard to beat as holiday entertainment. Endure the dull melodrama, and give thanks that the sugar in the rest of the film is doled out by the spoonful, not the shovelful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2013
Thanks to Thompson and Hanks, this movie about the making of a movie hits the sweet spot. There's magic in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2013
Even with Thompson's delectably dyspeptic portrayal of Travers, she'd be a difficult protagonist to root for, were it not for the back story of "Mary Poppins" that "Saving Mr. Banks" is really about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2013
"Saving Mr. Banks" is extremely canny and often great fun, primarily in the scenes in which Travers locks horns with the Disney-ites.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2013
There's something a little incestuous about a studio making a movie about one of its greatest box office triumphs. But Disney's backstage drama about how its whimsical 1964 kids' classic Mary Poppins came to be is a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 12, 2013
What makes "Saving Mr. Banks" work is Thompson in a wonderful, nuanced performance that walks a fine line between villain and heroine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2013
It's enthralling fun to watch Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) focus his charm and instinct on flinty British novelist P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) as he campaigns to film her Mary Poppins.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 12, 2013
Rest assured that, by the end, a little pixie dust will solve everything.
December 12, 2013
If "Saving Mr. Banks" were 100 percent false and yet felt true, that would be fine. But this has the self-conscious whiff, if not of mendacity, then of public relations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 12, 2013
The slick but moving "Saving Mr. Banks" transcends its corporate pedigree to become a great Disney movie about making a Disney movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 12, 2013
The sharper edges of the Disney/Travers relationship, well-documented by various sources, have been rounded off, but the actors suggest what they can, where they can.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2013
The best parts of "Saving Mr. Banks" offer an embellished, tidied-up but nonetheless reasonably authentic glimpse of the Disney entertainment machine at work.
Top Critic
December 12, 2013
The irony of Saving Mr. Banks is that it takes this true story of Hollywood conflict, of artistic integrity pitted against studio moxie, and gives it the same warm-and-fuzzy treatment the company gave Poppins.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 11, 2013
A sneakily effective work of manipulation that should charm family audiences through the holiday season and beyond.
December 11, 2013
In a Hollywood where men still pen 85% of all films, there's something sour in a movie that roots against a woman who asserted her artistic control by asking to be a co-screenwriter.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 11, 2013
Even if this comes off like an ad for Disney, it's convincing and contains some of Disney's patented magic -- especially with a predictable, yet effective, emotional ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 11, 2013
Saving Mr. Banks turns Travers's tense collaboration with Walt and his team of Imagineers into -- naturally -- a schmaltzy journey of closure, climaxing in a teary screening of the finished musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2013
Just as Travers is eventually won over by her Hollywood adversaries, the strong sentimental pull of ''Saving Mr. Banks'' overwhelms, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 10, 2013
"Saving Mr. Banks'' is ultimately much less about magic than making the sale, in more ways than one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 9, 2013
An affecting if somewhat soft-soaped comedy drama, elevated by excellent performances.
November 26, 2013
The whole thing goes down with a few bucketloads of sugar. What keeps it from becoming sticky schmaltz is Emma Thompson, who plays Travers with wit and warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 14, 2013
Earmarked as a masterpiece, but it doesn't fully deliver on its promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
November 6, 2013
What could have merely been a studio's love letter to itself winds up being a meditation on the power that art has for artists as a way to exorcise the past.
October 21, 2013
Somewhere, Uncle Walt is smiling.