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: 79%

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"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
"Genial, inconsequential, deeply odd but not quite "quirky.""
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"There's great care to preserve the Disney brand with this film, which at times goes overboard with its reverence but never stoops to the point of being cheesy."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"This is an utterly captivating origin story on how the all singing, all dancing, iconic technicolour musical (with bells on) -- Mary Poppins came to be."
‑ Raam Tarat, Future Movies UK
"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
"This is Disney wielding its cultural influence as an emotional cattle prod."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"Mostra-se tão determinado a santificar Walt que, para isso, demoniza P.L. Travers, unindo-se aos recentes Hitchcock e A Garota em um gênero que gosto de chamar de "cinema-tabloide"."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Saving Mr. Banks depicts cinema as a perverse nexus of capitalism and psychoanalysis."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine
"Smart, delightful."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The movie avoids commonplace traps; it never becomes maudlin and it doesn't transform Travers into a likeable elderly lady whose heart of gold is camouflaged by crotchetiness."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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
"It's a welcome surprise to find that Saving Mr. Banks is smart enough not to overdose on the sweet stuff."
‑ Rebecca Barry,
"This too is a Disney movie, of course, with little to say about artistic integrity but lots of commonsense encouragement to revisit Mary Poppins."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
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