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Review Round-Up: Nanny McPhee Returns

Nanny McPhee returns this weekend as the magical caretaker who gets more beautiful as the children become better behaved.

Nanny shows up to help Isabel Green take care of her three children and their two cousins on the family farm while her husband is away at the war. The kids learn five lessons and have plenty of excitement along the way. There’s an elephant, a cow, pigs who synchornized swim, a trip to London in a flying car, and more!

The first Nanny was a hit with kids and their parents. Does the second live up to it? Let’s take a look at what the critics have to say:

Washington Post: “It can take a miracle to create a movie that’s fun for kids and their parents. Luckily, Nanny McPhee has a little magic up her sleeve.”

LA Times: “Thompson again wrote the screenplay, putting an emphasis on language, emotion and manners, qualities typically in short supply in movies geared toward families.”

USA Today: “This sequel to 2006′s Nanny McPhee is almost as charming as the first.”

Movies.com: “Pretty sweet, more funny than not, suspenseful if you’re six years old and even kind of moving if you find yourself in the position of being the grown-up along for the ride.”

MSN Movies: “An authentic fairy tale for kids with brains and imagination, Nanny McPhee Returns”serves up a flavorful mixture of magic and melancholy, barnyard humor and old-timey British idealism.”

Detroit News: “That those blemishes begin to disappear each time her kids learn from her teachings offers a somewhat disturbing statement on the value of physical beauty.”

NY Daily News: “This dour, hyperactive family film is joyless, overly busy and starchy. Worse, it pats itself on the back for doling out the most minimal of morals.”

And my own review: Go see it! The movie offers some very touching moments between the children and their parents and deals with their relationships with each other. It is also very funny for children with plenty of the kids in the theater in hysterics over the CGI animals.

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