The Nanny Diaries

Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Deborah Day
    38
    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.
  2. An awful lot of good talent has been squandered in this by-the-numbers film.
  3. So tightly constructed of clich├ęs, stereotypes and chick-lit tropes that it's inert; no fresh air can blow in.
  4. 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.
  5. 12
    A comedic sinkhole, a dramatic tundra.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. RoshanK.
    Dec 29, 2007
    1
    Extremely boring and tedious with cliche characters.