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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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 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...

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...

A great movie for any and all Disney fans

By NaturePilot
I was a bit skeptical as to how the producers where going to pull off a two hour movie on the making of Mary Poppins but this movie had remarkable depth. All in all a great story about how real life...

Poignant and sad

By Muerto Cupcake
A couple of magical Disney moments but I found it to be a sad story. She is demanding, stubborn, and downright rude. Not sure if kids will understand everything. The acting is top notch. Emma and Tom...

Saving Mr. Banks

By PaulDGoldstein
This movie was wonderful. The storyline, the characters, the actors, the sets, music. You could feel the joy in the theater. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to feel good. There was...

Saving Mr Banks

By ttrunnell
Guess I was expecting just a feel good Christmas Movie. But this one did that plus hit alot of other emotions as well as brain cells. My wife and I LOVED IT....

Surprisingly Touching

By mjjes
This movie was so much more than I expected. It is amazing how every life has a story. I will appreciate the Banks family so much more now. Even the flawed people in our life are special,...

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By ronthompson777
One excellent movie that brought back good memories of seeing Mary Poppins for the first time as a young boy. Our kids and grand kids like the original, and I believe we will recommend they see this...

Fantastic film

By dmccann59
Delightful family film ,if you have teenagers. Not for the under 12's - I would suggest - since the dialog is pretty meaningful. My 14 year old and her 18 year old friend both loved it, as did my...

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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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