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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." Read full review
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. Read full review
Nanny McPhee maintains a satisfying, all-ages balance between broad comedy and human warmth. Read full review
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. Read full review
The film's look, fashioned by production designer Michael Howells, is noteworthy for its vibrant colors and fantastical feel. Read full review
There's magic afoot, even if the movie is more serviceable than magical. Read full review
This bracing adaptation of the Nurse Matilda books by Christianna Brand is the acidic antidote to Mary Poppins sweetness. Read full review
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. Read full review
Oversweetened or not, "Mary Poppins" remains a deservedly beloved work of art. Nanny McPhee is an overproduced industrial enterprise. Read full review
One of those raucous, hyperactive kiddie flicks that knocks you upside the head from its opening frame. Read full review
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