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  • Summary: For generations of fans worldwide, the name Nancy Drew is synonymous with adventure. This young amateur detective has a mind of her own, a passion for solving mysteries and a reputation foe getting into - and out of - some very scary situations. This summer, Nancy Drew moves to the WestFor generations of fans worldwide, the name Nancy Drew is synonymous with adventure. This young amateur detective has a mind of her own, a passion for solving mysteries and a reputation foe getting into - and out of - some very scary situations. This summer, Nancy Drew moves to the West Coast and enrolls in Hollywood High, where she is faced with a fresh set of challenges and her most baffling case yet. (Warner Bros.) Expand
  • Director: Andrew Fleming
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy, Crime, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 99 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. 83
    Parents who want smart, harmless movies that don't condescend for their school-age kids -- a rare thing these days -- should be grateful for Nancy Drew.
  2. What's not to like about a girl detective who is a good citizen and better student, a leader rather than a follower, a resourceful seamstress who won't cut her clothes to fit this year's fashions?
  3. 70
    Fleming's movie is, at the very least, a tribute to Nancy Drew's longevity -- and a valentine to all of us who, even as we strive to live in the present, just like old things.
  4. 50
    This tweener goddess--a virtual Batcave of handy accessories packed in her shoulder bag--may prove too annoying for general audiences, particularly as Roberts plays her comically straight.
  5. The culture-clash procedural, which brings the small-town teen to big bad Hollywood, feels more perfunctory than inspired.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    The movie's fodder for tweener girls with indiscriminate Nick TV addictions, but there's just enough wit on display to make you realize it could have been worse.
  7. It's not really a matter of Nancy's retro look and grounding in the fundamentals of sleuthing that separates the women from the girls but, rather, this film's lack of gaiety and surprise that makes it dud for old and new generations of the books' fans.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. DanB.
    Jun 15, 2007
    10
    Great! They didn't ruin the legendary Nancy Drew. They didn't make a joke of her. Instead they actually let Nancy maintain her Great! They didn't ruin the legendary Nancy Drew. They didn't make a joke of her. Instead they actually let Nancy maintain her traditional dignity and sincerity. Hollywood did it right this time! This life long Nancy Drew fan is extremely pleased with this movie. Nice job! Expand
  2. JSewell
    Jun 18, 2007
    8
    Stays in the spirit of the original books.
  3. kayleighms
    Mar 28, 2008
    8
    Car chases, gunfire, bombs, and more kidnapping attempts abound, but seem out of place even in Los Angeles. Nancy is not intimidated by any Car chases, gunfire, bombs, and more kidnapping attempts abound, but seem out of place even in Los Angeles. Nancy is not intimidated by any of the threats Expand
  4. KMcGowan
    Jun 20, 2007
    5
    True to the books, but the young actress is a complete bore, as life like as a plastic barbie doll.
  5. KenG
    Jul 2, 2007
    4
    Emma Roberts is a lot better than the clumsy script.
  6. ChadS.
    Aug 22, 2007
    3
    The filmmaker had seven seasons of the Gilmore Girls on DVD at his disposal, which would've come in handy since "Nancy Drew" begins The filmmaker had seven seasons of the Gilmore Girls on DVD at his disposal, which would've come in handy since "Nancy Drew" begins clumsily in a quaint small-town(a chaste one, too) that has none of the charm of Stars Hollow(the fictional setting of the now-defunct WB show). The opening scenes are godawful. "Nancy Drew" never recovers. What worked in "The Brady Bunch"(which is to contrast the wardrobe and demeanor of two disparate generations), doesn't work here. The case Nancy works on isn't interesting. Emma Roberts is defeated by a terrible script. For starters, a detonating bomb is probably not a good idea. Also not good, the sexlessness of the teens, in all places, Los Angeles, is a major distraction. Nancy probably thinks that babies arrive via stork. Expand
  7. AlexaReymann
    Jun 18, 2007
    0
    Crap! Why is Emma Roberts acting? She is terrible! The only reason she is in films is because her dad is Eric Roberts and her aunt is Julia Crap! Why is Emma Roberts acting? She is terrible! The only reason she is in films is because her dad is Eric Roberts and her aunt is Julia Roberts. She looks way too young to even be playing Nancy Drew, let alone to be driving a car in the movie. Boring and not true to the books many people have come to love. Its time we get some REAL talent in Hollywood! Expand

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