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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Underlying the story is sadness, a sense of mystery and a quality of pain. Enjoy the movie for its surface pleasures, but when it's over, it's those subterranean qualities that will keep it lingering in the mind. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The film's look, fashioned by production designer Michael Howells, is noteworthy for its vibrant colors and fantastical feel. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Oversweetened or not, "Mary Poppins" remains a deservedly beloved work of art. Nanny McPhee is an overproduced industrial enterprise. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    This bracing adaptation of the Nurse Matilda books by Christianna Brand is the acidic antidote to Mary Poppins sweetness. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    There's magic afoot, even if the movie is more serviceable than magical. show more

  • 60
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Colorful, noisy and brimming with special effects, the picture may please young audiences simply looking for loud action, but its corny storyline and brittle lack of warmth may discourage both parents and children. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Will kids like the movie? I suspect they will. Kids like to see other kids learning the rules even if they don't much want to learn them themselves. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Nanny McPhee maintains a satisfying, all-ages balance between broad comedy and human warmth. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    This quirky, uncommonly intelligent adaptation is a strange delight. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Thompson adapted the screenplay from Christianna Brand's "Nurse Matilda" books, and she and director Kirk Jones balance the slapstick and levity with darker enchantments. At its most enjoyable the film feels like Roald Dahl's idea of "Mary Poppins." show more

  • July 30, 2008 OffcCrrl
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    it was terrible!!! you could sleep during this move!!! it was very pathetic!!

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