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Nancy Drew Review Critics


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… a slightly more grown up and headstrong Harriet the Spy. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today

    Nancy Drew is 16, dresses like she's 12 and acts like she's about 45. And therein lies the problem with this adaptation of the beloved book series. The movie can't quite decide how old it wants to be -- or who it's for.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    The culture-clash procedural, which brings the small-town teen to big bad Hollywood, feels more perfunctory than inspired.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The culprit, I'd say, is the uninteresting casting of Miss Roberts in the title role. She's a pleasant enough performer, but her made-for-teen-TV acting style, a perky blandness, doesn't supply a clue as to the appeal of Nancy Drew after all these years.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Nice. The film itself is more nice than good, but nice isn't the worst trait.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Big-screen teen sleuth is cute, if a bit bland.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the big-screen Nancy Drew is very retro and straightlaced. And although she's being marketed to older tweens and young teens, even slightly younger kids will enjoy the teenage sleuth's harmless action. There are a few "good scary" moments (a face pops up in a dark room), and even though Nancy is forced to flee from armed henchmen and is even held at gunpoint, she never really seems like she'd be the victim of anything. It's worth noting that there are several prominent product placements, mostly computer and Internet related.

  • Families can talk about what makes Nancy a good role model for tween and teen girls. How does she compare to other movie characters -- or real-life "role models" like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton?
  • Why did the other girls in the movie make fun of Nancy, and what made them change their mind?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Shows that persistance, ingenuity, and smarts pay off. Plus a message about being yourself.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Nancy is a great role model for girls: She's fearless, smart, and conscientious. She's also a really good kid -- except when it comes to her father's request that she stop sleuthing.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Nancy is nearly killed a few times -- first in a car chase and later at gunpoint by a bad guy and his henchmen. Men are hit over the head with a shovel.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: One brief kiss; two girls wear tight outfits and flirt with Ned; Corky hits on Nancy.

  • language false0

    Language: Fairly mild language/insults: "what the hell," "freak," "idiot," "oh God," "porky," etc.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Several prominent product placements: Mac laptop,, AOL, Amtrak, InStyle magazine, Hollywood High, etc.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: There's a rowdy high-school party, but no one seems to be drinking -- just dancing and carrying on.