Nancy Drew
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A resourceful teenage super-sleuth finds her investigative skills put to the ultimate test as director Andrew Fleming and screenwriter Tiffany Paulsen revive the character originally made famous by author Carolyn Keene. Upon leaving her quaint hometown of River Heights and arriving in Los Angeles with her father, Carson (Tate Donovan), precocious small-town teen Nancy Drew (Emma Roberts) enrolls in Hollywood High and discovers just how different life on the West Coast really is. A true original in the land where Rodeo Drive dictates what's "in" at any given moment, Nancy stands… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'Nancy Drew' still has a televisual feel - more 'Murder, She Wrote' than junior 'Marple'."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"It's got a lot of fun energy, and it's got a certain kind of inspired loopiness that I found entertaining."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A great coming of age girl movie that prioritzes teen personality and brain power over female body appeal."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"For adults, there are some pleasures to be found here and there, but parents won't be blown away by it the way their daughters will."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"There's something very weird about Andrew Fleming's movie, perhaps because it's essentially The Black Dahlia for tweens, with kissing but without the sex or mutilation."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"It's one of the few tween movies that isn't in your face; its limpness becomes appealing."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"This Nancy is a throwback, but a charming one, and Roberts (Julia Roberts' niece) plays her with an irresistible sweetness."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"...younger people should find it entertaining, and the spoofing will not be a complete waste for many adults."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"I think a character like Nancy Drew can still work in today's pop culture world, but unfortunately the film doesn't believe in her enough."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"Carolyn Keene's straitlaced teen detective gets a modern, ironic makeover, but the irony wobbles and the jokes aren't strong enough to carry it."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
"I doubt if any female over the age of twelve would get much pleasure from the film."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Feels more like pop Twin Peaks than anything else; call it the new Hollywood sincerity."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"I couldn't resist the sweet and often entertaining misadventures of a truly engaging feminist icon brought onto the screen by Emma Roberts with humility, individuality, and comic timing..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Big-screen teen sleuth is cute, if a bit bland."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"For sheer objectionable stupidity and dullness, this film takes the biscuit."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
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