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Nanny McPhee

children & family, comedy


Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson stars in Nanny McPhee, based on her screenplay adaptation of the Nurse Matilda books.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    73%
  • Audience Score
    63%

common sense

ON for kids age 7
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

Charming adaption of kids' books. Good family fun.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie opens on a family of seven children who take pride in harassing and scaring nannies hired by their father. The kids are abusive in Home Alone-ish ways, pulling violent and sometimes disgusting pranks on adults who are supposed to look after them. Their efforts to thwart their father's marriage to a tarty (and cleavage-revealing) widow include the use of reptiles, insects, and slimy substances. The instructive nanny looks like a traditional witch, arrives on a stormy night, and uses a magical cane. Some kids may be disturbed by the death of the children's mother (not shown). The father works in a mortuary, and we see shots of dead bodies.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the children's evolving attitude toward their father: How do they come to see themselves supporting him rather than challenging all adults all the time?
  • How does Nanny McPhee's specific sort of magic allow her subjects to figure out their own problems?
  • And how does the father's bumbling lead to the children's taking more responsibility, for each other and him?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    73%
    reviews counted: 28
    see all Nanny McPhee reviews
  • Audience

    63%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: A howling headache-inducer that features bratty urchins prone to torturing people and a color scheme resplendent with hot-pink bustiers and peeling lime paint.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, January 27, 2006

Rotten: ...Pleasing but ultimately unsatisfying.

- Anna Smith, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Fresh: This bracing adaptation of the Nurse Matilda books by Christianna Brand is the acidic antidote to Mary Poppins sweetness.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, January 27, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

it's a family movie, there's not much I can say bout it.

- citawijaya, Monday, September 6, 2010

3 stars

A really fun kid?s film, Mary Poppins meets The Sound of Music in this updated fairy tale style story. Filled with colour and magic, this made for enjoyable watching.

- 76Majikat, Thursday, September 2, 2010

3 stars

Introducing The New-Age Mary Poppins. Emma Thompson is thoroughly charming in this and entertaining film. With a high caliber cast to match, playing fabulous Dickensian characters.

- smith44, Friday, February 5, 2010