Even with that major miscue, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase works well for its target audience. It shows that anyone can stand up to peer pressure, bullying or even a ghost if they are smart and strong enough. As for the mystery of how good the movie is, the case is closed on a positive note.
But here’s the cool thing: The film’s consistently clever script, from empowerment-minded “The Handmaid’s Tale” writers Nina Fiore and John Herrera, isn’t nearly as interested in the mystery as it is in Nancy Drew herself, or in the circle of characters and relationships that surround her. And that’s the smart way to approach such a case, since the movie was clearly intended to be more than a one-off.
It was cute. Not the greatest movie I've ever seen but it really made me want to read the book again. Watching this I remembered how I felt reading the book the first time. I hadn't gotten that feeling in awhile.
I really enjoyed the movie, it reminded me of the games, and I really love the modern take on Nancy. The acting I quite enjoyed and the plot was very much like the books. There were a few scenes in the beginning that were supposed to be funny but weren't that funny to me, but as the movie went on (like past the 10 minute mark), it got better. This movie was very fun to watch, I believe kids and Nancy Drew fans alike would really enjoy themselves during this film. BUT, you have to remember that this is a MODERN take on Nancy Drew and is only rated PG.
It’s a watchably low-key family adventure, but that’s a low bar to clear for Nancy Drew, so well-suited to function as a gateway text—to Sherlock Holmes, Veronica Mars, Philip Marlowe, Brick, House, Encyclopedia Brown fanfic... almost anything involving advanced noticing.
Don't for a god damn second think about seeing this movie. It doesn't hold a candle to the true Nancy Drew flick with Emma Roberts. This imposter thinks she's rebooting this series but the only thing she'll be rebooting is her career after this movie ruins it.