Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 20, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Aggressively likable and sentimental to a fault, Saving Mr. Banks pays tribute to the Disney legacy with excellent performances and sweet, high-spirited charm.

Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly

Forget super. This bighearted and intelligent drama is supercalifragili. . . .you get the idea

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Dan Mecca
The Film Stage

There is a lot of tricky narrative positioning in the script that works in building momentum, but it often feels so manipulated that it's tough to keep your eyes from rolling.

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Wesley Morris

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.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Smart, delightful.

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Jason Bailey

It may be the most self-congratulatory bit of hagiography Hollywood has ever produced, and that's saying something.

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Gail Pennington
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Pencil Thompson in now for an Oscar nomination, and maybe a win, and prepare to leave the theater humming the iconic songs.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

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.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

Although at times overly sweet and emotional, Saving Mr. Banks is for the most part warm, heartfelt and easy to like. It's hard not to appreciate the Disney magic once again on display here.

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An not to be missed true story. One of the very best films I've seen in a long time. A joyous, remarkable and astounding movie that lifts your spirits. Its… More
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Like practically the entire world I got history with Disney and so went into this with huge expectations. Big mistake. Halfway through I began wishing… More
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