Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
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Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day
A late-'30s-era London governess hired to work in the home of a high-profile nightclub chanteuse gets a taste of the good life when she is assigned the task of sorting out the singer's many unseemly affairs in a period comedy starring Frances McDormand and adapted from the novel by Winifred Watson. Unfairly and unceremoniously dismissed from her latest position without so much as a penny of severance pay, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (McDormand) realizes that in order to stay financially afloat she'll need to find a new job fast. Though she has worn out her welcome at the unemployment… 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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