'Nancy Drew' Critic Reviews

84%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
50%
Rotten Tomatoes:   141 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    Why does a movie so dolled up with oodles of stylistic doodles fall so flat?
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Has all the suspense and intrigue of a less-than-groovy episode of Scooby-Doo.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    For sheer objectionable stupidity and dullness, this film takes the biscuit.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    The fish-out-of-water jokes often fall flat.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Nancy Drew manages to navigate the era of cellphones and Mean Girls with retro nostalgia and wholesomeness, making it a rare girl-powered outing for tweens in an otherwise guy-centric summer.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Roberts is pleasant enough but, like her fellow TV-bred teen stars, there's not a lot of there yet, let alone enough to suggest a corn-fed Sherlock Holmes.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Unavoidably arch but essentially playful in its wit, Nancy Drew neither wears out its welcome nor compromises its heroine.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    The film's and Nancy's nonjudgmental tone gives it a distinctly modern feel.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    63
    Fleming's movie doesn't fuss much with originality or storytelling logic but it does play nice from beginning to end, its positive messages bundled up with self-aware humor and empowered feminine pep.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Mario Tarradell Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    59
    [Roberts is] a natural in front of the camera, so warm and cute you're instantly charmed. Nancy Drew works largely because of Ms. Roberts.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    A refreshingly kind and calm PG film that no one will be ashamed to see.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    It's one of the few tween movies that isn't in your face; its limpness becomes appealing.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    I doubt if any female over the age of twelve would get much pleasure from the film.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bill Zwecker Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Overall, it feels lame. A disappointing revival of a classic character.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    The film itself is more nice than good, but nice isn't the worst trait.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The postmodernist evocations of the past (roughly the 50s through the 80s) are a charming mishmash, delivered with wit and style.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    What's not to like about a girl detective who is a good citizen and better student, a leader rather than a follower, a resourceful seamstress who won't cut her clothes to fit this year's fashions?
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jeff Strickler Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Roberts, bless her bubbly little heart, resolutely charges through the movie with a perkiness that ignores its lack of substance. Then again, this movie isn't about context. It's light, fluffy and fun.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    Hardly heart-racing stuff.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    Nancy Drew is a lark but nothing more, asking little from the audience while it flits from scene to scene.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Send your teenagers to Nancy Drew if you're seeking an effective revenge for all their MTV TiVo's. It's a movie with the charisma of gangrene.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lael Loewenstein Variety (Top Critic)
    Purportedly an attempt to modernize the young detective's adventures for a new generation of tweens, the pic instead serves up stale mystery-movie cliches and overcooked red herrings in a thoroughly wooden adaptation.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    A well-written and in many ways pleasing update of a character who has endured in print for 78 years.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    If Nancy Drew is the start of a new franchise, parents and kids alike should rejoice.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Susan Walker Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    This Nancy Drew, not too sappy and not at all snappy, looks fully prepared for the next instalment.
    Full Review » 7 years ago