Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Synopsis
A British governess (Frances McDormand) gets a taste of the glamorous life with an American actress.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Frothy and exuberantly entertaining - in part because of the sexual innuendoes - it's the best romantic comedy so far this year.
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By James Berardinelli
Adams shines brightly, reinforcing the image she projected in Junebug and enhanced in Enchanted and Charlie Wilson's War. At this time of...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Sustains itself through terrific forward momentum and two glorious star turns by gifted actresses Frances McDormand and Amy Adams.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Style is a tricky, elusive thing, and this film doesn’t so much have it as strive for it, constantly. But something in Watson’s story...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A good farce is hard to find. Particularly one that holds up for the entirety of the story and keeps us engrossed, while smiling. Miss...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A jubilee for McDormand and jolly good fun for most everyone else.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's left to the ideally cast McDormand to keep everything on track and, as expected, she weathers every tonal change with competence,...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Adams, of course, is a peach. Her sparkle requires only minor character adjustment and twinkle recharging from her recent triumph as the...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's polished-looking, yet dull.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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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Guinevere Pettigrew

By Daydream
Frances McDormand performs brilliantly from beginning to end as Delysia Lafosse’s (Amy Adams) new social secretary. Miss Pettigrew is thrown head first into the extravagant and promiscuous life of...

Charming and Completely Entertaining!

By ktnarnia
Please, if you have any sense, go see this movie and ignore any negative comments made on these reviews! This movie is very fast-pased and funny! It's full of good jokes and good morals... and it...

Pettigrew Will Grow On You

By jimchudnow
From an advance screening: Despite a weak title, MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY was a surprisingly GOOD little comedy set in England just before the start of World War II. A lady who’s lost her job...

So surprised!!!

By jammindude
I took my wife because I thought she would like it, and its one of the best movies I've seen in years!! If you have any appreciation at all for decent movies (and not the "to call it crap would be...

Wonderfully fun movie!

By lupton
I saw Miss Pettigrew last night at a screening preview, and I was so delighted! The actors and actresses are all excellent, and it's a funny, witty & intelligent film. Francis McDormand and Amy...

Loved it!

By Morgan59
Excellent! Great performances. A great time....

A light and Refreshing romantic comedy

By oddemu57
This film was funny and well written, I recomend it for teens and there mothers/grandmothers. It was very fun and by the time it was finished you would have smile on your face. Frances McDormet...

It's OK

By auntie60
The movie was not what I expected from the previews. All the good parts were in the preview. It was rather slow at times. It was hard to hear what they were saying at times. I wish I would...

miss pettigrew lives for a day

By dc8857
Good little film....

Like a good 'ol 1930's movie

By Igotothemoviesalot
Miss Pettigrew goes to work as a social secretary for a ditzy American singer/actress in 1939 London. We haven't seen a screwball comedy like this in a while and all the action takes place in one...

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Rated PG-13 | For some partial nudity and innuendo
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Charming period comedy is a frothy fairy tale.
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