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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. 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
  2. Oct 31, 2010
    very entertaining movie thanks to Emma Thompson.
  3. 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...
  4. Sep 3, 2012
    The movies colors almost blind me to death, and even though it is pretty childish, the ending feels as true magic that movies can create. Good to enough to enjoy with all the actors. Expand
  5. Dec 26, 2013
    Nanny McPhee an all round family movie for the family but some floors that did not impress my Squeamish brother. Another down side to this movie is the plot is around a slightly dark thought of a man who needs to marry or no rent fair enough but this movie scores a 5.5 out of 10 for its lack of fun and differences in the movie.Still if your looking for a good family movie to watch with a bowl of popcorn GO FOR IT. Expand
  6. 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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