Saving Mr. Banks Reviews

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January 11, 2014
Forget super. This bighearted and intelligent drama is supercalifragili. . . .you get the idea
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.
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.
December 20, 2013
Smart, delightful.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
December 17, 2013
This film works as its own lovingly rendered story.
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.
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.
December 13, 2013
An intoxicating kiddie cocktail for young-at-heart adults ...
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.
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