PG; 1:49 running time
"Nanny McPhee Returns" plays like a sequel designed to wallop the Americans who aren't the primary revenue stream for this franchise, and never will be. The first film came out five years ago. It was charming. The return is more pushy than charming. The first film, balanced comically sinister child-discipline tactics and whimsical romance. The sequel (already out on the DVD shelves in Britain under its original title, "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang") was a fine fat hit in the U.K., and it is rife with frantic incident.
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– Michael Phillips