Nanny McPhee
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In this dark and witty fable, Nanny McPhee (a person of an unsettling appearance and magical powers) enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown and attempts to tame his seven exceedingly ill-behaved children. The children, led by the oldest boy Simon, have managed to drive away 17 previous nannies and are certain that they will have no trouble with this one. But as Nanny McPhee takes control, they begin to notice that their vile behavior now leads swiftly and magically to rather startling consequences. Her influence also extends to the family's deeper problems, including Mr.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nanny McPhee falls back on the Nickelodeon principle "If all else fails, hit 'em with a retina-searing overload of visual and aural information.""
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Any time Thompson curls that prosthetic snaggletooth over her lower lip and murmurs a nearly inaudible harrumph is a comic moment to be treasured."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"It's more of a kids' film than a grown-up's movie, with a good message at its heart."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"An exquisitely designed fable that will delight adults as well as their offspring through its beguiling innocence and hushed, low-key charm."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Frays in the second half… Fancy Darcy as a limp romantic lead!"
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"...Pleasing but ultimately unsatisfying."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"There's nothing offhand or spontaneous-feeling about Nanny McPhee; it's a highly mechanical piece of work, and its potentially delightful details are wasted."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"The kind of movie that I would have loved to seen as a kid. Magical stuff. I look forward to the sequel. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"There are many different kinds of children's movies, and this one tries to be all of them at once -- including one of those in which the children are smarter than the adults."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"Its redeeming virtues are Thompson, Firth and Kelly Macdonald as Firth's adoring housemaid; they manage to give genuine, affecting performances in the midst of all the outlandish, obnoxious goings-on."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"The kids will love the candy-box sets and costumes like confectionery-shop windows, the whimsy and farcical grotesqueness of it all."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"In a seemingly blithe way, the movie captures an aspect of child consciousness not usually explored onscreen -- that zone between innocence and knowledge."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Nanny McPhee really works ... despite all of its common plots and ideas, because it stays true to storybook conventions that have never and will never get old."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"Often as garish and shrill as it is magical and enchanting."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Mary Poppins as imagined by Lon Chaney."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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