88

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It was never going to be “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Reserve that honor for the film that inspired it. But Saving Mr. Banks is still one of the best pictures of the year.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Taken on its own, Saving Mr. Banks is a pleasant, crowd-pleasing endeavor. For those with a soft spot for Mary Poppins, however, it's a treasure.
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80

Empire

By Helen O'Hara
This is not a simple story of an uptight English woman induced to loosen up by those freedom-lovin’ Yanks, but a delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past to embrace an uncertain future. Emma Thompson, in particular, is magic.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Leslie Felperin
Taken strictly on its own terms, Saving Mr. Banks works exceedingly well as mainstream entertainment.
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80

Time Out London

By Cath Clarke
The whole thing goes down with a few bucketloads of sugar. What keeps it from becoming sticky schmaltz is Thompson, who plays Travers with wit and warmth, adding a spoonful of spoilt child to help the battleaxe go down.
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80

The Telegraph

By David Gritten
It’s Thompson as the heroically unbiddable Travers who makes the most of it; her bravura performance effectively dominates the film.
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80

Variety

By Scott Foundas
It’s a bit square, never particularly surprising, yet very rich in its sense of creative people and their spirit of self-reinvention.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The slick but moving Saving Mr. Banks transcends its corporate pedigree to become a great Disney movie about making a Disney movie.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Sentiment is at its heart. The legions who grew up on Disney's Mary Poppins will find it delightfully satisfying to hear snippets of its enormously catchy songs and watch its captivating creative journey.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
This is a lovingly rendered, sweet film.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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