Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

In 1939 London, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew is a middle-aged governess who finds herself once again unfairly dismissed from her job. Without so much as severance pay, Miss Pettigrew realizes that she must--for the first time in two… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 7, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Miss Pettigrew is a breezy period comedy carried by the strong performances of Amy Adams and Frances McDormand.

Anna Smith
Time Out

Adams is adorable as the wide-eyed would-be starlet, with McDormand spot-on as the sensible half of the odd couple. A delightfully frivolous screwball comedy.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Based on the 1938 novel by Winifred Watson, Miss Pettigrew is a veritable treat. Wisely cast, this handsome production is a delightful farcical fairy tale, bolstered by moments of depth and emotion.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

An obvious homage to the great screwballs of the past, films in which women were zany, mad things, and men were sticks in the mud, Miss Pettigrew packs a surprising amount of heart into a silk charmeuse, marabou puff of a story.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[Ciaran Hinds is] a terrific character actor, and he actually gets to play somewhat of a romantic lead in the story with Frances McDormand, which I thought was so sweet and gave this film just a little bit of gravity.

Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

You can't criticize a soufflé for not being a side of beef.

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Fanciful wit to spare, and Adams is sheer delight.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

At least Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day has the good grace to go wrong quickly; you don't have to sit there squirming with doubt.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A lively and often enchanting '30s screwball that just happens to be brand-new.

Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

A valentine to a by-gone era; one of the ten best films of 2008

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Cast: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, Clare Clifford, Sarah Kants, Shirley Henderson, Lee Pace, Mark Strong Director: Bharat Nalluri… More
Red Lats
I enjoyed this movie. Frances McDormand plays a down-on-her-luck governess who finds work as the social secretary for a ditsy actress. They are just what each… More
Jennifer Xu
The movie has almost no plot complications or suspenseful moments, yet I love it SO MUCH! It's a floating, pattering, whirling confection of a movie, and… More
Lanning : )
There is only one reason to see this, ah, happy little movie: the growth of the relationship between Frances McDormand and Ciarán Hinds. That part of the… More
Spencer S.
Lee Pace and Amy Adams give their usually cute performances while Frances McDormand proves yet again that she can pull any film by its coat tails.
Lewis C.
This was a alright movie. Francis McDormand and Amy Adams play two very different characters who are actually similar in certain ways. And this allows them to… More