The Nanny Diaries
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Adapted from the best-selling novel, the whimsical, heartwarming comedy The Nanny Diaries concerns Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson), a recent college graduate from New Jersey whose nurse mother makes an unsuccessful bid to pressure her into a white-collared business career. Sidetracking this path for more colorful pursuits, Annie accepts a position as nanny and domestic servant for a wealthy couple on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, known only as "The Xs" (Paul Giamatti and a heavily coiffed and accoutred Laura Linney). Annie has her first real taste of servant life when she… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

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"The conclusion is desperately trite, but Linney's performance helps this comedy - based on a novel by two nannies, take note - feel like a credible peek behind very expensive curtains."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"This is the sort of ho-hum production that will likely seem less disappointing on a smaller screen."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Stalled out in mediocre-land, and choices like the narration, the overbearingly cutesy art direction and costume design, and even preserving the convention of calling them Mr. and Mrs. X pulled you out of the story and dragged it down."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"By painting with too broad a brush, Nanny gets laughs at the expense of any sort of deeper commentary the filmmakers were obviously hoping to achieve."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, Colorado Springs Gazette
"With Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti bravely acting their brains out..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The Nanny Diaries, despite many bright moments and a superior level of craftsmanship, is now a flabby urban fairy tale."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Whatever its faults are, The Nanny Diaries is hardly the disaster that the gossipmongers -- including, perhaps, even the studio that made it -- want us to believe."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Here's hoping that the very talented [Shari] Springer [Berman] and [Robert] Pulcini get a crack at a script that's worthy of their talents for their third time at bat."
‑ Alonso Duralde, MSNBC
"Suficientemente divertido e tocante para merecer uma recomendação %u2013 mesmo que reconheçamos claramente o maniqueísmo empregado para alcançar estes efeitos."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The Nanny Diaries is ultimately as shallow as the Upper East Side society it skewers, but more damaging is the lack of a truly dynamic star turn or romance that can turn these kind of movies into rainy day cable-TV staples."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"With [Linney], the film receives some badly needed dimension to its thin satire, not to mention the lion's share of the laughs."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"For viewers who thought The Devil Wears Prada was way too hard-hitting"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"...can't help but come off as something of a disappointment..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Girlfriends Scarlett and Alicia Keys rule, with plenty of wise and candid back talk from the army of immigrant nanny lifers, who view Scarlett's nanny skeptically as a temp tourist in the exploitative, luckless biz."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"A smart, well-acted bit of froth."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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