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Nanny McPhee Returns Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Same nanny, different day. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

The poor man's Mary Poppins is back! Read full review

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  • 3.0

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  • 30

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This children's entertainment-grownups beware!-is preoccupied by squishy stuff that includes mud and poop, as well as by syrup that oozes from cabinet drawers.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The end result, while entertaining, is the kind of unruly mess you can't imagine the indomitable Nanny McPhee tolerating.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Thompson, who also wrote the script, has skittery, baffling fun enjoining her plummy guest actors (including Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, and Maggie Smith) to play broad Brit types.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    James Newton Howard's music picks up its comic cues perhaps a bit too swiftly and loudly, but little of this detracts from the movie's many pleasures.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Fantasy isn't as enchanting as original, but it's still fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fantasy sequel is a great choice for families. The on-screen kids fight and misbehave a lot until Nanny McPhee disciplines them; ultimately, they learn important lessons about being helpful, selfless, and brave. Violence is limited to physical comedy gags like a bird that nearly explodes and two women who look harmless but are actually hit-women. One of the subplots involves a relative who's in the hole for so much money that he tries to bully hissister-in-law to sell her share of the farm.

  • Families can talk about what Nanny McPhee means by her rule that when kids want her butdon't need her, she must go. How does it affect the family she's with?
  • How do the cousins impact each other? At first they're at each other'sthroats, but eventually they grow to work together and even love eachother. What changes their relationship?
  • How does Nanny McPhee's specific sort of magic allow her subjects to figure out their own problems?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true3

    Educational value: Through Nanny McPhee's lessons to the children, young viewers will learn the importance of working with others, following their instincts, and standing up for what they believe and the people they love.

  • message true4

    Messages: Nanny McPhee's charges learn to work together, share, act courageously, be selfless, never lose faith, and love each other. It's a strongly positive message for all kids.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Although the two uncles aren't positive role models (nor are they intended to be), the women (save for the missing aunt) all are: Mrs. Green is patient, kind, and loving, always going out of her way to help Mrs. Docherty and please her children and niece and nephew. Nanny McPhee herself proves that beauty isn't dictated physically, but rather by what your character has to offer those around you.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence and scariness: Comic violence includes people getting swept up by a sudden gust of wind; a bird expanding and looking like he's about to burst (but he doesn't); kids pushing, shoving, and fighting with each other; and a man being told that he's going to be "stuffed" as penalty for not repaying a loan.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Two kisses between a married couple, and some comic flirting between the hit-women and their target.

  • language false1

    Language: Very infrequent use of "hell" and "oh my God." Also, the cousins call each other names like "savages," " "awful," and the like. Other insults include "weak-willed," "cock and bull," "wicked," and "rotten."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue