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  • Summary: In this dark and witty fable, Emma Thompson portrays a person of unsettling appearance and magical powers who enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown (Firth) and attempts to tame his seven ill-behaved children. (Universal Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. What actors! The great Miriam Margolyes has a wonderful cameo as a scullery maid, and Colin Firth manfully endures a face full of frosting. And then there's Angela Lansbury, playing her first movie role in 20 years as the villainous Aunt Adelaide.
  2. 75
    Thompson adapted the screenplay from Christianna Brand's "Nurse Matilda" books, and she and director Kirk Jones balance the slapstick and levity with darker enchantments. At its most enjoyable the film feels like Roald Dahl's idea of "Mary Poppins."
  3. Underlying the story is sadness, a sense of mystery and a quality of pain. Enjoy the movie for its surface pleasures, but when it's over, it's those subterranean qualities that will keep it lingering in the mind.
  4. There's magic afoot, even if the movie is more serviceable than magical.
  5. Colorful, noisy and brimming with special effects, the picture may please young audiences simply looking for loud action, but its corny storyline and brittle lack of warmth may discourage both parents and children.
  6. 60
    Highly recommended if you want to see a distinguished cast of British character actors tarted up in garish Victorian costumes and badly executing a Three Stooges-style cake fight.
  7. 20
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. MarilynZ.
    Feb 27, 2006
    Very entertaining. Everyone in our party enjoyed this movie. Some great talent and clever scenes. We are looking forward to adding this to our DVD collection. Expand
  2. Sam
    May 16, 2006
    The whole movie surprised me. After seeing the ad, I expected a goofy disaster, but instead recieved a glorious, moving "remake" of Mary Poppins.
  3. Jul 7, 2014
    It's a little bit over-the-top, but that's why I like "Nanny McPhee". Emma Thompson does a wonderful job with her character Nanny Mcphee, she is charming and bring us valuable lessons to life. Expand
  4. EdwardS.
    Feb 6, 2006
    It is a cute little story about a houseful of horrid kids and an inattentive widower who, with a little help from a stern Nanny (and a little magic), are turned into a happy home. The family's progress can be seen in the Nanny's face! Expand
  5. Feb 28, 2011
    The Story Line Of The Movie Is Average, Because Of The Scenes Where McPhee Makes The Animal's Turn MAGICA!!! :)
    As For The Child Actors.....
    Sometimes They Seem To Ruin The Movie For Any One Watching Nanny McPhee... This Film Is Cute For Younger Children Because Of The "Magic" And The "Fun" Thrown Out In The Movie...
    The Special Effect's Are So-So Because When The Animals Are Dancing It Looks Fake..
    This Was Not The Best Or The Worst Movie Of 2006...
  6. OranC.
    Feb 2, 2006
    This movie was pretty predictable, and didn't have the oomph you could tell it was supposed to have. An enjoyable experiance though, with colors and costumes to keep you interested. Expand
  7. Mar 21, 2014
    Emma Thompson plays a dumb nanny who does gross things to children and she's a old school nanny . it fails to be myfavorite film . trust me it sucks for emma thompson . Expand

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