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: 79% 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.

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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Reagan Gavin Rasquinha
The Times of India

Heartwarming without being soppy, this film makes for a thoroughly enjoyable watch.

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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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Sarah Marrs

It's basically harmless fluff anchored by two great actors enjoying the hell out of one another.

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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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Saving Mr. Banks" is a shameless wad of corporate PR, a feel-good, self-serving Disney film about the making of a Disney film.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

... it follows the Disney modus operandi of ultimately exalting even the most unlikable characters in order to satisfy their traditional family audiences.

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"INSPIRED by the extraordinary backstory of how Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen." Sure they must have distorted… More
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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
Kevin M. Williams
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