The Nanny Diaries

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Nanny Diaries tells the story of the emotional and often humorous journey of Annie Braddock, a young woman from a working-class neighborhood in New Jersey, as she struggles to understand her place in the world. Fresh out of college, she gets tremendous pressure from her nurse mother toThe Nanny Diaries tells the story of the emotional and often humorous journey of Annie Braddock, a young woman from a working-class neighborhood in New Jersey, as she struggles to understand her place in the world. Fresh out of college, she gets tremendous pressure from her nurse mother to find a respectable position in the business world, although Annie would prefer to trade in her BlackBerry for an anthropologist's field diary. Through a serendipitous meeting, Annie ends up in the elite and ritualistic culture of Manhattan's Upper East Side--as remote from Annie's suburban New Jersey upbringing as life in an Amazon tribal village. Choosing to duck out of real life, Annie accepts the position as a nanny for a wealthy family, referred to as simply "the X's." She quickly learns that life is not very rosy on the other side of the tax bracket, as she must cater to the every whim of Mrs. X and her precocious son Grayer, while attempting to avoid the formidable Mr. X. Life becomes even more complicated when Annie falls for a gorgeous neighbor of the X's who she nicknames Harvard Hottie, and is finally forced to explore what she wants to do with her life. (The Weinstein Company) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. 75
    Berman and Pulcini, who turned Harvey Pekar's graphic memoir into the visually inventive, Oscar-nominated "American Splendor," dress this film as an anthropological field diary and add several fabulous touches.
  2. Although Johansson has a knack for nailing most roles, the angry yet fun-loving nanny doesn't quite work for her.
  3. 63
    Weak dramatically, and that limits its overall effectiveness.
  4. 50
    An adamantly unterrible picture, a reasonably enjoyable diversion.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    50
    Watching the movie is a nonexperience--like the Upper East Side apartment where most of the action takes place, it's lavishly appointed but joyless.
  6. 50
    The movie's banal fantasies badly chafe any anthropological consideration of what a girl should do with her career. This isn't life. It's Lifetime.
  7. 12
    A comedic sinkhole, a dramatic tundra.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. JaredC.
    Aug 20, 2007
    10
    Its the funniest and most entertaining movie ever. I loved it.
  2. Erica
    Dec 4, 2007
    9
    There were certainly some things that could be improved, but for the most I found this movie to be very pleasant. It was funny, well acted There were certainly some things that could be improved, but for the most I found this movie to be very pleasant. It was funny, well acted and charming. Even my boyfriend (whose favourite movie is 300) liked it, and he is hard to please. Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2016
    8
    You might expect a hum drum movie from the title, but the film makers did a twist that makes this a much more interesting story line. AnnieYou might expect a hum drum movie from the title, but the film makers did a twist that makes this a much more interesting story line. Annie (Scarlett) is an anthropology major so she narrates this as if she is studying a native tribe in the jungle, in this case, the tribe is rich white families and the jungle is New York City's East side. Expand
  4. BillyS.
    Aug 26, 2007
    5
    The Devil "Buys" Prada. A summer fluff movie that is only worth seeing for Laura Linney, who does the best she can with material that just The Devil "Buys" Prada. A summer fluff movie that is only worth seeing for Laura Linney, who does the best she can with material that just isn't very interesting. Scarlett Johannson dyed her hair brown but you still don't believe she's a nanny and Paul Giamatti is only just a name for the marquee. Summer is over. The Weinstein's should have known the audience for this movie has gone back to school. I recommend you wait on this for the dvd. Expand
  5. ChadS.
    Nov 3, 2007
    5
    When Mrs. X(Laura Linney) finally reveals her sensitive side(like Miranda Preistly(Meryl Streep) in "The Devil Wears Prada"), her When Mrs. X(Laura Linney) finally reveals her sensitive side(like Miranda Preistly(Meryl Streep) in "The Devil Wears Prada"), her vulnerability beneath the mask of apathetic nonchalance, we're not buying it. She's more believable as an unrepentant bitch. Her epiphany doesn't come about organically. It's too formulaic, and downright idiotic. Didn't she screen the damn tape? Thanks to some convoluted writing, Scarlett Johannsen gets to make an obvious speech about bad parenting. Linney gets to cry. Even when "The Nanny Diaries" is a passable entertainment about self-centered rich people, the film is watered down by Annie's romance with Dean(John Henry Cox). She feels bad for Grayer(Nicholas Art), but apparently, not that bad. She gets some. Expand
  6. G-RadAndrew
    Sep 3, 2007
    5
    Not much of a guy movie, but it was an all right family film that's for sure.
  7. CaladoniaK.
    Aug 22, 2007
    0
    AWFUL. Cliche after cliche littered with horrible casting choices. A steaming pile of crap.

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