Nanny McPhee Returns Synopsis
A nanny (Emma Thompson) uses magic to teach mischievous children a lesson.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Has a lighter spirit than its predecessor, but it arrives at the same warm and touching place.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
At its best, Nanny McPhee Returns has the playful surrealism of "Babe," if "Babe" had been directed by Terry Gilliam.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Ultimately, the performances carry the film.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
James Newton Howard's music picks up its comic cues perhaps a bit too swiftly and loudly, but little of this detracts from the movie's many...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Thompson, who also wrote the script, has skittery, baffling fun enjoining her plummy guest actors (including Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, and...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The end result, while entertaining, is the kind of unruly mess you can't imagine the indomitable Nanny McPhee tolerating.
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50

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
The initial close-up of Thompson - all sourly snaggletoothed and begoggled - is as funny as anything in the original. And just that one...
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50

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Nanny McPhee, the homely yet exemplary governess, is back. Why? Hard to say, but one thing is certain: Writer-star Emma Thompson didn't do...
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This children's entertainment-grownups beware!-is preoccupied by squishy stuff that includes mud and poop, as well as by syrup that oozes...
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This dour, hyperactive family film is joyless, overly busy and starchy.
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You'll never forget Nanny McPhee !

By ottoheckle
From the previews this was a movie I thought I wouldn't like , boy was I wrong ! This movie involves a mother who is trying to hold down a farm while her husbands off to war , a despicable villain ,...

Nanny McPhee Returns

By StaceyNY2
I LOVED this movie and will try to implement some of her ideas in our life at home.... (Is that stealing?) we have 3 kids! Can we hire Nanny McPhee? LOVE! LOVE! LOVED it.... even cried at the end!...

Nanny McPhee Returns... with a bang!

By danyca22
I loved the movie! It was just as good as the first, but in different ways. I liked that the story line was different. There was also more magic in this movie than the last. And if you have seen the...

Nanny McPhee Returns

By Miettelund
I loved this movie! It may be for kids (mine were a bit young to appreciate it)....as it taught lessons, yet had enough going on to keep the adults gripped along with magic and fairy tales - which we...

Nanny McPhee Returns

By twig
What a wonderful surprise; however, Emma Thompson would not put her name on anything that wasn't top rate! I would even see this one again in the theater. My child and her friend thought it was...

What a Wonderful Movie! This is a GRAND link to the first Nanny film!

By LoveTheMoviesLovethem
We loved being reunited with Nanny McPhee. The film is sweet and wonderful. It has such a clever tie-in to the first film. Go see this movie with those you love and have a wonderful enchanted time....

Nanny McPhee Returns

By lovetolaughlots
This movie was entertaining and cute. There are some slow parts, yet on the whole it was fast-moving and good family fun. Again, Emma Thompson does a superb job as Nanny McPhee. Her companion bird...

Funny while instilling values.

By jmtrb64
A fun family movie with lots of laughs. Myself and my kids enjoyed it from start to finish, while hopefully they learned a few good lessons....

Great!

By bishawoman
What a great family movie!...

Funny and fun

By PA Boy
I took my two children (6-9) and we al laughed ate popcorn and enjoyed ourselves....

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Rated PG | For Rude humor, some language and mild thematic elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ Fantasy isn't as enchanting as original, but it's still fun.
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