Saving Mr. Banks 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
This is a lovingly rendered, sweet film.
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The story behind the movie makes it magical

By hlwaller
An amazing story that will bring you more tears than you expect. Fantastic cast. Tom is perfect as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson was superb. You learn so much about the individuals and find...

Saving Mr. Banks

By Judiebunny
Wonderful story. Beautifuly acted. A pleasure to sit and watch. No swearing, no killing, no outrageouts dress codes, just warm fuzzy feelings, intelligent dialogue and a lot of fun, laughs and...


By rick1walter
Yes, the movie had wit, warmth, and nostalgia, but what astonished me was its realism in dealing with the adult child of an alcoholic -- a brilliantly creative child who hadn't recourse to therapy...

You will want to see it again and again and again

By StanS17
I loved this movie and will have to see it again. I was lucky enough to see the Practically Perfect Premier at Hollywood Studios last week It is a very well told story behind the story. Tom Hanks,...

Saving Mr Banks

By skosh14
What an amazing movie filled with comedy and seriousness. The true story behind the Mary Poppins movie is awesome. Would love to own this movie on DVD....

Saving Mr. Banks is a must see

By cbartle1
I was a little skeptical about Tom Hanks playing Walt Disney, but will be the first to admit that I was blown away by his performance. Usually, when I'm watching someone portray a well known...

Walt would be proud

By dlestrella
Any Disney lover will enjoy every bit of this movie from the two-finger point to Walt's cough. Aside from the relationship between P.L. Travers and Walt Disney, we get to see how Mrs. Travers'...

Very touching and sweet

By GAYellowDog
It was quite a good movie, much more emotional and touching than I expected from a Disney movie. Emma Thompson was great, and I love that the real tapes are played during the credits....

Best Movie I've seen in years!

By kimbartim
This was an incredible surprise, as we enjoyed this movie far more than expected! It was entertaining, delightful, humorous, and the acting was superb! Best movie I've seen since I can remember!...

the story is real and amazing and well, as Mary Poppins would say or not say, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

By fbmelongal
If the opportunity presents itself these next few days, I would highly recommend that you and your family go see Walt Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks". I hardly ever write movie reviews. In fact, most...

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