• Released
  • December 13, 2013
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 5 min
  • Drama
  • 8,804 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Inspired by true events, SAVING MR. BANKS is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic MARY POPPINS made it to the screen—and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
This is a lovingly rendered, sweet film.
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Surprisingly good

By wolfwatcher777
I do not like Walt Disney very much, so I associated with the PL Travers character very much! My daughter wanted to see this and my husband and I did not want to but it was her turn to pick. We both...

Saving Mr. Banks

By charleskinamon
Excellent movie. Loved seeing the history of a disney movie being made and the history of the background of a beloved story together in one film. Funny and heart felt. There is heavy alcohol use in...

I left half way through

By drew_cayman
Admittedly I was hungry and I didn't fancy any movie theatre food but all the same this movie takes forever and a day to get going, if your looking movie that is easy to watch then this is not the...

Great!

By RickNCarla
Touching, and revealing account of the Mary Poppins' author struggling to keep the integrity of her character and fighting inner demons. Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson are superb!...

SAVING MR. BANKS - Great movie

By lionz
Both of the two main characters are strong-willed individuals. And the fact that they've been discussing doing a film of her books for over 20 years tells you how determined each is to have their...

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Rated PG-13 | For Thematic elements including some unsettling images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 12 & under Sweet peek behind Poppins story, with very dark moments.
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