75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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."
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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75

Chicago Tribune

Nanny McPhee maintains a satisfying, all-ages balance between broad comedy and human warmth.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film's look, fashioned by production designer Michael Howells, is noteworthy for its vibrant colors and fantastical feel.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
There's magic afoot, even if the movie is more serviceable than magical.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
This bracing adaptation of the Nurse Matilda books by Christianna Brand is the acidic antidote to Mary Poppins sweetness.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
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.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Oversweetened or not, "Mary Poppins" remains a deservedly beloved work of art. Nanny McPhee is an overproduced industrial enterprise.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
One of those raucous, hyperactive kiddie flicks that knocks you upside the head from its opening frame.
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59 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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