Saving Mr. Banks
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Two-time Academy Award (R)-winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar (R)-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen. When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," he made them a promise-one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The whole thing leaves you with an appalling chill. It feels like a warning from Hollywood to the ambivalent creators of anything: Take the spoonful of sugar or we'll force-feed it to you."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Smart, delightful."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The picture is eventually about the therapeutic limitations of art even while celebrating the very real effect it can have on people who need it."
‑ Scott Mendelson, Forbes
"A familiar and very satisfying collision of art versus commerce or lowbrow, mainstream taste...versus highbrow sophistication."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"Genial, inconsequential, deeply odd but not quite "quirky.""
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Pencil Thompson in now for an Oscar nomination, and maybe a win, and prepare to leave the theater humming the iconic songs."
‑ Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Saving Mr Banks is a merciless film. It hits you with every sentimental low blow it can think of. Then it pounds you again. And when you're down, it jumps on you."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"It's a wonderful film that deserves your attention, and that you deserve to experience."
‑ Mark Hughes, Forbes
"... would have been better suited as a Disney special or an extra on a Blu-ray release of Mary Poppins rather than a vehicle for awards season."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"This is Disney wielding its cultural influence as an emotional cattle prod."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"The sap doesn't run too thick, although it does run, and the movie certainly has a patented Disney upbeat feel much of the time. It's more a spoonful of sugar than medicine for aging baby boomer's souls."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""Saving Mr. Banks" is a shameless wad of corporate PR, a feel-good, self-serving Disney film about the making of a Disney film."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Beautifully ambitious and eagerly constructed, the success of Walt Disney Studios' homage to its heritage is anchored magnificently by the crowning work of Emma Thompson's career."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"Emma Thompson's character comes off as the stodgy Fun Police, rather than an author trying to protect her work."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"Saving Mr Banks is an unexpected gem, a witty and warm-hearted celebration of two great storytellers that adroitly balances delicious culture-clash comedy with affecting biographical insights."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
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