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  • Summary: Nanny McPhee arrives to help a harried young mother who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war, though she uses her magic to teach the woman's children and their two spoiled cousins five new lessons.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Thompson's imagination-she's also the screenwriter-knows no bounds, and she does a brilliant job of connecting the fantastical elements to the sobering realities of life during wartime.
  2. Reviewed by: Charles Williams
    Weighty issues such as war and divorce are mentioned, but the serious themes pass quickly. The lighthearted story always takes precedent over the special effects, but a scene involving swimming piglets will have kids flashing a sea of smiles.
  3. Has a lighter spirit than its predecessor, but it arrives at the same warm and touching place.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    It can take a miracle to create a movie that's fun for kids and their parents. Luckily, Nanny McPhee has a little magic up her sleeve.
  5. Too much of the contrasting comedy in Nanny McPhee Returns is shrill, laden with routine computer-generated effects and pounded into dust by James Newton Howard's shut-up-already musical score.
  6. She could stand to learn a lesson herself, from another magical governess -- you know, the one about the spoon full of sugar.
  7. This dour, hyperactive family film is joyless, overly busy and starchy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Dec 17, 2011
    Funny, charming, visually well done, and well performed from Emma Thompson. This is a definite improvement on the original because it is entertaining. I five this film a 93% of a good movie. Expand
  2. Feb 13, 2011
    This was in my opinion better than the first movie, it's funny and the characters are enjoyable, my only complaint is that it has a crappy opening which makes you think this movie is going to suck, but after that it turns out to be one of the best movies of 2010. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2010
    not our favorite family movie, but Emma Thompson's charm as the title character was good and the acting was decent.
  4. Aug 21, 2010
    If you like British cliches then you'll in for a real treat with this latest installment of the ugly Nanny McPhee. If you're not into Britiish cliches about a nanny who could put up with snobby, middle class children then your be best skipping this one by a long shot. Expand
  5. Sep 24, 2010
    Several decent moments, but in many aspects this is a average film at best, with a uninspired and badly plotted story, and often feels like a Frankenstein's monster of bits and bobs that don't fit well together. Sub par performances, a dull plot and a poorly thought out film in general. Deeply average. Expand
  6. Aug 28, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Cut the Green children some slack; their father is away at war. It's hard being left behind, the not knowing, moment to moment, if you still have two parents. Life during wartime, life on a pig farmer's wages, that's more than enough stress for Norman(Asa Butterfield) and Megsie(Lil Woods), the muddy children of a soldier who worry if their evergreen mother(the beautiful Maggie Gylenhaal) can keep the farm from going under. While machinations loom, the agenda of a degenerate uncle(Rhys Ifans) with gambling debts to pay off, the Green family takes in borders, the Gray children, Cyril(Eros Vlahos) and Celia(Rosie Taylor Rilson), rich cousins from the city who don't like their new digs, and don't like them. "Nanny McPhee Returns" deals a lot with the dynamics between the bourgeois and the proletariat, and how even a woman of modest means end up on the wrong side of the class war(i.e. Ms. Kilman, the homely tutor who fawns over Elizabeth in Virginia Woolf's "Miss Dalloway"). Matilda, Nanny McPhee's real name(the two films are adapted from Christianna Brand's "Nurse Matilda" books), was also the name of a boxing kangaroo(Daniel Mann's "Matilda", starring Elliott Gould), which is so befitting since the nanny runs a kangaroo court. When a brouhaha erupts in the children's quarters, not only are Cyril and Celia punished, but Norman and Megsie, as well, even though their misbehavior is only natural, a result of their houseguests' ingratitude who put on airs from the very moment they arrive. Nanny McPhee(Emma Thompson) is magic; she casts a spell on her charges by striking her walking stick on the ground as a means of discipline, when what she really ought to do is reprimand the pint-sized urbanites for being such ungrateful little snots. But no, the nanny arbitrates arbitrarily, punishing both the poor and rich alike, without ever considering the factors of the situation. Under the thrall of McPhee's invocation, Norman turns into a vandal, and watches helplessly as the nanny nearly turns his father's warfront dispatches into ash. As it turns out, the rich have their own issues to deal with, and in the Gray children's case, they have a stereotypically British military father(stiff upper lip and the whole nine yards) who seems, literally, cold-blooded, when the moviegoer sees him handle Cyril's request. (Ralph Fiennes would be right at home in Alan Parker's "Pink Floyd: The Wall".) Now the moviegoer sympathizes with the boy and girl, just like the nanny, who helps Mrs. Green because she's not one of the common people, after all. With each good deed, the nanny grows more and more beautiful, until she looks, well, just like Emma Thompson, a lady. Expand
  7. Aug 1, 2013
    This movie is just another terrible movie filled with stupid misbehaved British kids. This one is just as bad as the first. Nannys suck. Never see this movie ever. Expand

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