Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
In 1939 London, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew is a middle-aged governess who finds herself once again unfairly dismissed from her job. Without so much as severance pay, Miss Pettigrew realizes that she must--for the first time in two decades--seize the day. This she does, by intercepting an employment assignment outside of her comfort level--as "social secretary." Arriving at a penthouse apartment for the interview, Miss Pettigrew is catapulted into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse. Within minutes, Miss Pettigrew finds… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Adams is adorable as the wide-eyed would-be starlet, with McDormand spot-on as the sensible half of the odd couple. A delightfully frivolous screwball comedy."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"Based on the 1938 novel by Winifred Watson, Miss Pettigrew is a veritable treat. Wisely cast, this handsome production is a delightful farcical fairy tale, bolstered by moments of depth and emotion."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Fanciful wit to spare, and Adams is sheer delight."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"The spectre of impending war hangs heavily in the background of this romantic comedy, giving it a bit more heft."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"In short, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day is fluffy and forgettable, but it's also undeniably entertaining, thanks to pacey direction and delightful performances from McDormand and Adams."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"[Ciaran Hinds is] a terrific character actor, and he actually gets to play somewhat of a romantic lead in the story with Frances McDormand, which I thought was so sweet and gave this film just a little bit of gravity."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"You can't criticize a soufflé for not being a side of beef."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"A valentine to a by-gone era; one of the ten best films of 2008"
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Orange County and Long Beach Blade
"Period comedies are a tough act to swallow for some, but if you are on the fence at all, please make sure Miss Pettigrew lives for more than just one day.""
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"McDormand is left trying for emotional depth in a sea of middling farce and semi-sophisticated comedy."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"At least Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day has the good grace to go wrong quickly; you don't have to sit there squirming with doubt."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"If [director] Bharat Nalluri can't always sustain the fizz, it's certainly not Adams's fault; this is another eye-catching performance from the actor, who seems to be specializing in playing dumb."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out New York
"Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a well-acted comedy with enough old-fashioned qualities to make it an enjoyable experience for long-standing audiences."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"There's not a lot to it really--no deep underlying message other than an exploration of women's roles in society at the time."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"It's lucky that Amy Adams and Frances McDormand lend their best charms to Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, otherwise this featherweight Art Deco fancy might drift away like a soap bubble, and go 'pop!'"
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
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