75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
What's not to like about a girl detective who is a good citizen and better student, a leader rather than a follower, a resourceful seamstress who won't cut her clothes to fit this year's fashions?
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A very clever update of the 16-year-old heroine, managing to make her seem both as square as the Bobbsey Twins and as contemporary as MySpace.
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75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The movie's refusal to treat young girls like silly tramps-in-training is almost radical: It's just good, clean fun and actually offers children of a certain age a role model even adults can feel good about.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Nice. The film itself is more nice than good, but nice isn't the worst trait.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A well-written and in many ways pleasing update of a character who has endured in print for 78 years. Too bad it's sadly slow-paced.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The culprit, I'd say, is the uninteresting casting of Miss Roberts in the title role. She's a pleasant enough performer, but her made-for-teen-TV acting style, a perky blandness, doesn't supply a clue as to the appeal of Nancy Drew after all these years.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie's fodder for tweener girls with indiscriminate Nick TV addictions, but there's just enough wit on display to make you realize it could have been worse.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
The culture-clash procedural, which brings the small-town teen to big bad Hollywood, feels more perfunctory than inspired.
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50

USA Today

Nancy Drew is 16, dresses like she's 12 and acts like she's about 45. And therein lies the problem with this adaptation of the beloved book series. The movie can't quite decide how old it wants to be -- or who it's for.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The mystery of Nancy Drew' is how a movie can get so many things right -- particularly the inspired casting of Emma Roberts as the spunky teenage sleuth -- yet ultimately disappoint.
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53 out of 100
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