A widower (Colin Firth) hires a mysterious woman (Emma Thompson) who uses magic to control his seven unruly children.
" Nanny McPhee offers solid family entertainment in the face of it all. Mary Poppins, eat your heart out. "
" Nanny McPhee has its own enduring charm, a mix of witty dialogue, pie-throwing slapstick and eccentric family portrait. "
" Nanny McPhee is clever enough, but it never feels like it's hitting quite the right notes. "
" Although such elements lend the film an edge most American children's films wouldn't dare, Nanny McPhee is actually quite conventional in virtually every other regard. "
" At its most enjoyable the film feels like Roald Dahl's idea of Mary Poppins -- and on occasion, The Sound of Music. "
" A winning tale of naughty children in need of love and the mysterious governess who comes to their aid. "
" ...Pleasing but ultimately unsatisfying. "
" With Yours, Mine and Ours and Cheaper By the Dozen 2 lately cluttering up the multiplexes with teeming masses of onscreen children in search of a better agent, Nanny McPhee arrives as a jolly improvement. "
" Thompson's script is clever and, despite that monstrous makeup, her performance is deliciously balanced by the standards of what is, after all, a children's fable. "
" This bracing adaptation of the Nurse Matilda books by Christianna Brand is the acidic antidote to Mary Poppins sweetness. "
" Naughty (and nice) children of all ages, particularly little girls, should gobble this one up, and rightly so. "
" The kids will love the candy-box sets and costumes like confectionery-shop windows, the whimsy and farcical grotesqueness of it all. "
" A howling headache-inducer that features bratty urchins prone to torturing people and a color scheme resplendent with hot-pink bustiers and peeling lime paint. "
" In a seemingly blithe way, the movie captures an aspect of child consciousness not usually explored onscreen -- that zone between innocence and knowledge. "
" The kiddie komedy of Nanny McPhee shows that Mary Poppins plus Charles Dickens can add up to less than even Cheaper by the Dozen. "
" Any time Thompson curls that prosthetic snaggletooth over her lower lip and murmurs a nearly inaudible harrumph is a comic moment to be treasured. "
" Nanny McPhee, though it drags a bit in its middle acts, finishes with such gusto that neither you nor your kids will need a spoonful of anything to make this movie medicine go down. "
" There's nothing offhand or spontaneous-feeling about Nanny McPhee; it's a highly mechanical piece of work, and its potentially delightful details are wasted. "
" Nanny McPhee isn't a bad film, just a disappointing one. "
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