Nanny McPhee
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A nanny reveals ways of making children behave that are much more effective than a time-out in this fantasy comedy based on the "Nurse Matilda" books for children by Christianna Brand. Near the dawn of the twentieth century, Mr. Brown (Colin Firth) is a widower who must tend to his business as an undertaker while looking after his brood of seven children. Brown's offspring are a singularly ill-mannered lot who have managed to drive away 17 different nannies when their father arranges for one Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) to help out with the children. McPhee is an strange looking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...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,
"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
"Often as garish and shrill as it is magical and enchanting."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"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
"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
"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
"Frays in the second half… Fancy Darcy as a limp romantic lead!"
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"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
"Naughty (and nice) children of all ages, particularly little girls, should gobble this one up, and rightly so."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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
"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
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