“Let's Go Fly A Kite”
“It's All Right, Mrs. Travers. It's Alright. Mr. Banks Is Going To Be All Right. I Promise.”
“"Let's Fly A Kite".”
“No, No, No, No, No! "Responstible" Is Not A Word!”
“"I Know What He's Going To Do To Her. She'll Be Cavorting, And Twinkling. "”
“From The Opening - To The First Appearance Of Walt Disney Himself, This Film Is Simply Magical, Eye Opening And Swiftly Moving. A Family Friendly Movie All The Less And Another Good Film, From John Lee Hancock.”
An enormous spoonful of sugar and the tiniest bit of medicine: it all goes down, just about.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Somewhere, Uncle Walt is smiling.
Scott Foundas - Variety
Earmarked as a masterpiece, but it doesn't fully deliver on its promise.
Kate Erbland - Film.com
'Saving Mr. Banks' is an awful film, perhaps an evil one. But it will make a great grad school paper.
Matt Prigge - Metro
Thompson is so delightfully acerbic and convincing that she makes Saving Mr. Banks safe for people who find Disney films too saccharine. Not adventurous, but entertaining.
Caryn James - James on screenS
This is a good looking film with strong performances and a rich musical score by Thomas Newman ('Skyfall'). but there are certain narrative and structural problems that hold it back.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A tale of memory and redemption that does little to linger in the mind and even less to decry P.L. Travers's claim that Disney turns everything it touches into schmaltz.
Nick McCarthy - Slant Magazine
A fun and often poignant film but how much do you trust this story?
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
The end result, though well-mounted and featuring knock-the-soot-out-of-your-chimney performances from Emma Thompson as Travers and Tom Hanks as the movie mogul, feels more like a Disney theme park version of events than the real story.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
A lovely, sentimental and quietly insightful account of the making of Mary Poppins that traces the roots of PL Travers's most famous creation to the author's personal paternal past.
Mark Kermode - Observer [UK]
One might say the ultimate irony in the clash of cultures and approaches to storytelling exemplified by P.L Travers and Walt Disney's tussle over Mary Poppins, is the Disneyification of the dispute: Uncle Walt's empire enjoying the last word.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Emma Thompson's barbs sprinkle the underlying pathos with great humour, while Hanks ( ... ) again shows his wide-ranging brilliance despite carrying Hollywood's greatest mogul on his shoulders.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
One of the big shocks of 2013: the Mary Poppins origin story is unspeakably lovely.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
The film is such unashamed propaganda, it may as well have been titled Triumph of the Walt.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Warm, heartening and often rather splendid, there's only one word for it. Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious...
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Hanks and Thompson are a delight, Farrell gives one of his best performances, and there are some lovely moments as we observe the creation of the musical, especially when we hear the tunes.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
It's a slow-moving but lightly charming story that brings back memories of the delightful Julie Andrews classic movie.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
An enjoyable, occasionally laughable, and sometimes moving drama, with Emma Thompson on fine brittle form as the quintessentially English Australian who gave the world its most famous nanny.
Catherine Bray - Film4
In the end Saving Mr Banks, pitched at the family market for the festive season, is nothing but a big corporation boasting about its own marvellousness.
David Sexton - This is London
Emma Thompson is terrific as the no-nonsense raspish writer who tongue-lashes the great and good. It is easy to forget that as well as actor, writer and all round good egg, Thompson is also a very accomplished comedienne.
Brian Henry Martin - UTV
It proves what we always suspected. Art and entertainment were born to be at loggerheads. But sometimes the best art and best entertainment come from the battles fought first, with each other, to survive.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Utterly charming, frequently funny and powerfully emotional comedy-drama with a most delightful script, spit-spot-on production design work and wondrous, award-worthy performances from Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The sugar-to-medicine ratio is fixed at around 15 parts to one, but there's nothing wrong with true sweetness.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
This sweet, funny and superbly-acted drama really goes down in a most delightful way.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
The whole thing goes down with a few bucketloads of sugar. What keeps it from becoming sticky schmaltz is Emma Thompson, who plays Travers with wit and warmth.
Cath Clarke - Time Out
A tailor-made Hollywood crowd-pleaser, "Saving Mr. Banks" is as much fantasy as fact in the telling of Walt Disney's tenacious efforts to transform "Mary Poppins" into a movie, with necessary approval from the popular children's book author.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Hanks takes to Walt like a pair of cosy slippers, but it's Thompson who adds layers to a classy but predictable slice of Disney schmaltz.
Paul M. Bradshaw - Total Film
In the best tradition of Disney, it is a film to make you laugh and cry.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
While you could scoff at the gaps in historical truthfulness and excessively string-tugging score, the picture eventually overcomes its own manipulativeness and sentiment with a great collective cast and sheer cumulative effect.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
This is not a simple story of an uptight English woman induced to loosen up by those freedom-lovin' Yanks, but a delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past to embrace an uncertain future.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
Peerless performances stayed with solid cinematography, a stirring score, and especially dishy dialogue, make Saving Mr. Banks is a solid biopic.
Staci Layne Wilson - SheKnows Network
The engaging performances and story mean that you'd have to have a heart of stone not to be swept up in it.
Gail Tolley - The List
When the big emotional breakthrough happens at freaking Disneyland I have to get off the ride.
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush
Featuring a stellar cast led by Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, Saving Mr. Banks is a heartfelt ode to the pain of creation.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
Disney's own Entourage
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
What could have merely been a studio's love letter to itself winds up being a meditation on the power that art has for artists as a way to exorcise the past.
Alonso Duralde - The Wrap
One senses that Disney would have liked it more than Travers would, but given how Mary Poppins turned out, that's perhaps the most appropriate outcome you could ask for.
Oliver Lyttelton - The Playlist
The film brims with thoughtful and engaging performances and is punctuated with smart dashes of music guaranteed to make any audience want to track down the original film.
Mark Adams - Screen International
Smart, witty entertainment. Job done. Spit spot.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph
Lee Hancock has provided a worthy homage to Mary Poppins, in a picture that, though somewhat fluffy, is exactly what'd you hope such a film to be.
Stefan Pape - HeyUGuys
It's easy to imagine the real Helen Lyndon Goff balking at the sentimental touches, but you know what they say about a spoonful of sugar...
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy