Nanny McPhee2005

Critics score:
73 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times:Naughty (and nice) children of all ages, particularly little girls, should gobble this one up, and rightly so.Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune:With Yours, Mine and Ours and Cheaper By the Dozen 2 lately cluttering up the multiplexes with teeming masses of onscreen children in search of a better agent, Nanny McPhee arrives as a jolly improvement.Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer:The kids will love the candy-box sets and costumes like confectionery-shop windows, the whimsy and farcical grotesqueness of it all.Read more

Hap Erstein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:Based on Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda kid's book series, one can see how the material might have had potential, if the cast were not pressing so much for laughs.Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club:Nanny McPhee falls back on the Nickelodeon principle "If all else fails, hit 'em with a retina-searing overload of visual and aural information."Read more

Kathy Cano Murillo, Arizona Republic:The fun is doled out in small portions and the film is so passive that younger kids will probably fidget in their seats.Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe:At its most enjoyable the film feels like Roald Dahl's idea of Mary Poppins -- and on occasion, The Sound of Music.Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle:A howling headache-inducer that features bratty urchins prone to torturing people and a color scheme resplendent with hot-pink bustiers and peeling lime paint.Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor:... [Thompson] gives McPhee a gravitas that provides the movie with a deep core of feeling.Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post:A winning tale of naughty children in need of love and the mysterious governess who comes to their aid.Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News:Nanny McPhee offers solid family entertainment in the face of it all. Mary Poppins, eat your heart out.Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly:Nanny McPhee is one of those raucous, hyperactive kiddie flicks that knocks you upside the head from its opening frame.Read more

John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press:Nanny McPhee is clever enough, but it never feels like it's hitting quite the right notes.Read more

Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News:And while those classics, like Julie Andrews' incandescent Maria and Poppins, were practically perfect in every way, Nanny McPhee is quite deserving of its own special place in the magical universe.Read more

Peter Debruge, Miami Herald:Although such elements lend the film an edge most American children's films wouldn't dare, Nanny McPhee is actually quite conventional in virtually every other regard.Read more

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger:Nanny McPhee isn't a bad film, just a disappointing one.Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News:Any time Thompson curls that prosthetic snaggletooth over her lower lip and murmurs a nearly inaudible harrumph is a comic moment to be treasured.Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel:Nanny McPhee, though it drags a bit in its middle acts, finishes with such gusto that neither you nor your kids will need a spoonful of anything to make this movie medicine go down.Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews:Nanny McPhee is perfect for little girls.Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:Will kids like the movie? I suspect they will. Kids like to see other kids learning the rules even if they don't much want to learn them themselves.Read more

Stephanie Zacharek,'s nothing offhand or spontaneous-feeling about Nanny McPhee; it's a highly mechanical piece of work, and its potentially delightful details are wasted.Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle:In a seemingly blithe way, the movie captures an aspect of child consciousness not usually explored onscreen -- that zone between innocence and knowledge.Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune:Nanny McPhee casts a captivating spell.Read more

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Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail:Thompson's script is clever and, despite that monstrous makeup, her performance is deliciously balanced by the standards of what is, after all, a children's fable.Read more

Susan Walker, Toronto Star:Nanny McPhee has its own enduring charm, a mix of witty dialogue, pie-throwing slapstick and eccentric family portrait.Read more

Anna Smith, Time Out:...Pleasing but ultimately unsatisfying.Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today:... an appealing tale of youthful empowerment and whimsy.Read more

Leslie Felperin, Variety:Under the surface, the movie has a streak of Roald Dahl-style darkness which dilutes the sugar.Read more

Jaime Mastromonica, Village Voice:If you have someone under 10 to take to the movies, this one is charming and painless.Read more