Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. 75
    A late-summer delight, a sleek, handsomely made bauble buoyed by a cast much stronger than the flimsy material deserves.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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.
  3. 75
    The film belongs to Linney, whose caustic putdowns and status-seeking veneer barely hides her genuine hurt over her husband's philandering and her distant relationship to her own child. No doubt her diaries would be more compelling than the nanny's.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Something of an odd-duck movie. It is not a broad comedy or a wildly romantic one, either. Nor is it Edith Wharton lite. But it does partake of all those modes in intelligently observant ways.
  5. Reviewed by: Meghan Peters
    Although Johansson has a knack for nailing most roles, the angry yet fun-loving nanny doesn't quite work for her.
  6. 63
    The movie itself is sort of bland and obvious and comfortable.
  7. 63
    Weak dramatically, and that limits its overall effectiveness.
  8. There's a good movie buried inside The Nanny Diaries, and a good cast trying hard to dig it out. Too bad they don't get much help.
  9. Johansson, hair dyed brown to make her seem less glamorous, spices up this bland role.
  10. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Johansson is no Anne Hathaway in this pleasant but forgettable comedy.
  11. The comedy has several inspired moments and a genuine flair for the satiric, but overall the film leaves you cold.
  12. They should've thrown everything away except the title and the outline. That's what the "Devil Wears Prada" creative team did, and that film turned out a lot richer than this one.
  13. Despite some clever early fantasy scenes, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's adaptation of best seller The Nanny Diaries won't make Bridget Jones give up her writing.
  14. Satire should be knife-sharp and whip-smart, and The Nanny Diaries never is.
  15. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The very rich are different from you and me. And much worse. That's basically the message of the disappointingly banal Nanny Diaries, a film that is even more lightweight and clichéd than the fluff that was the best-selling book.
  16. 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.
  17. 50
    Reading this book and watching this movie, as with "The Devil Wears Prada" a year earlier, I'm convinced that chick-lit books are formula - and chick-lit movies are baby formula.
  18. 50
    An adamantly unterrible picture, a reasonably enjoyable diversion.
  19. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Like the book, the Nanny Diaries movie never finds a dramatic center.
  20. The social bite of the popular novel fades into a generic chick flick.
  21. Because The Nanny Diaries is essentially a two-character story whose supporting players are wooden props, it would help if the actors playing the two were evenly matched. But Ms. Johansson’s Annie, who narrates the movie in a glum, plodding voice, is a leaden screen presence, devoid of charm and humor.
  22. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    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.
  23. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    Rarely rises above standard sitcom fare.
  24. Linney -- this has happened too much to her -- is once again the best thing in a movie that at most achieves a certain mediocrity.
  25. The characters are instantly reversible--the bratty kid turns out to be a sweetie pie, the mother just needs to be told off. Only Giamatti, as the cliched businessman husband, is irredeemable.
  26. Awash in spurious sentimentality and sniping.
  27. For a light comedy, The Nanny Diaries turns out to have an off-putting theme. It glorifies the romance of slumming.
  28. As you watch the nannies mistreated and the children left to cry themselves to sleep, the only surprise is that there are no surprises. It’s zombie-land.
  29. 40
    The material has been turned into a trivially narcissistic product for teen-age girls who want to feel indignant about wrongs they are unlikely to suffer.
  30. Reviewed by: Deborah Day
    The supporting players do a serviceable job in their roles, but no amount of Oscar-nominee nuance from Giamatti or Linney can salvage what amounts to a candy-striped trifle for post-collegiate slacker existentialists.
  31. An awful lot of good talent has been squandered in this by-the-numbers film.
  32. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    So tightly constructed of clichés, stereotypes and chick-lit tropes that it's inert; no fresh air can blow in.
  33. There's something painful about watching Scarlett Johansson, who looks as if she never had an indecisive moment in her life, struggle to seem ineffectual.
  34. 12
    A comedic sinkhole, a dramatic tundra.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. ChadS.
    Nov 3, 2007
    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. Full Review »
  2. RoshanK.
    Dec 29, 2007
    Extremely boring and tedious with cliche characters.
  3. Erica
    Dec 4, 2007
    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. Full Review »