Saving Mr. Banks Reviews

  • There's something a little incestuous about a studio making a movie about one of its greatest box office triumphs. But Disney's backstage drama about how its whimsical 1964 kids' classic Mary Poppins came to be is a delight.

    Chris Nashawaty — Entertainment Weekly

  • The best parts of "Saving Mr. Banks" offer an embellished, tidied-up but nonetheless reasonably authentic glimpse of the Disney entertainment machine at work.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Travers would have despised it. For the rest of us it's an entertaining, affecting, deftly acted saga, interspersed with illustrative flashbacks from Travers' childhood.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Even with Thompson's delectably dyspeptic portrayal of Travers, she'd be a difficult protagonist to root for, were it not for the back story of "Mary Poppins" that "Saving Mr. Banks" is really about.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • "Saving Mr. Banks" is extremely canny and often great fun, primarily in the scenes in which Travers locks horns with the Disney-ites.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The slick but moving "Saving Mr. Banks" transcends its corporate pedigree to become a great Disney movie about making a Disney movie.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • "Saving Mr. Banks" wraps a seduction inside a seduction with enjoyable results. It's a Disney film in every sense of the term.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Beneath Banks' crass self-aggrandizement lies a pretty charming portrait of two overly proud people butting creative heads. Yes, charming. That's what Disney does, and it does it well enough to turn even this condescending pap into something palatable.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Just as Mary rescued the wilting Banks family, so Thompson saves the film. A spoonful of her medicine makes the sugar go down.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • The sharper edges of the Disney/Travers relationship, well-documented by various sources, have been rounded off, but the actors suggest what they can, where they can.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Rest assured that, by the end, a little pixie dust will solve everything.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • "Saving Mr. Banks" is a shameless wad of corporate PR, a feel-good, self-serving Disney film about the making of a Disney film.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The sap doesn't run too thick, although it does run, and the movie certainly has a patented Disney upbeat feel much of the time. It's more a spoonful of sugar than medicine for aging baby boomer's souls.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • A good movie, buoyed by good performances from Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and, almost as an afterthought, an especially affecting Colin Farrell.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The screenplay, by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, seamlessly captures two different eras with overlapping story lines that never intrude or confuse.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Somewhere, Uncle Walt is smiling.

    Scott Foundas — Variety

  • "Saving Mr. Banks'' is ultimately much less about magic than making the sale, in more ways than one.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Saving Mr. Banks is hard to beat as holiday entertainment. Endure the dull melodrama, and give thanks that the sugar in the rest of the film is doled out by the spoonful, not the shovelful.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Earmarked as a masterpiece, but it doesn't fully deliver on its promise.

    Kate Erbland — Film.com

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