Mary Poppins Returns Reviews

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January 18, 2019
It may seem unfair to compare the two movies, yet this sequel, with its deliberate nods to the original, is made to encourage just that. I think it's what the filmmakers expect us to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 18, 2019
"Emily Blunt... That half-smile, that mischievous look, that voice that at a key moment becomes hoarse, that musical number of vaudeville in which it participates, warn us that this Mary Poppins is far from being the perfect and virginal lady of 1964".
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 18, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns marks Disney's latest attempt to coax out our inner child only then to rob them of their lunch money. But for all its missteps and downfalls the film is watchable, listenable, just not recommendable.
January 18, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns is built around subjects carrying decidedly more weight than the 1964 film, tackling issues like grief, neglect, the damaging effects of loss on both children and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 17, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns sings this same song in a new key, but it rings a little hollower 55 years later. We may need more than magical childhoods to cure what ails us now.
January 17, 2019
It's colorful and diverting, and it truly is good to see Mary again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 17, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns plays it exceedingly safe, aping the original film beat by beat and note by note. It follows the exact structure of the 1964 movie to the point it starts to feel more like a remake than a sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 17, 2019
If you're too faithful to the original, you are not original. If you veer wildly off from the original, you're sacrilegious to a classic. "Mary Poppins Returns" definitely walks the faithful path and does so, in exceedingly divine footwear.
January 14, 2019
What Mary Poppins Returns does more than anything is remind us of the greatness of the 1964 original. But the sequel is rambunctious and cheeky, with catchy songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 14, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns delivers a delightful experience that crafts its own magic while remaining faithful to its source material.
January 14, 2019
... nothing less than fun, adventurous, and enchanting... feels like a Mary Poppins story should... dismiss her at your own peril.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 11, 2019
The cast is stacked, starting with Emily Blunt as a pitch-perfect update of Andrews' Poppins.
January 10, 2019
We'll have to wait and see if it turns into a classic, or if it will forever be overshadowed by the original movie. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 10, 2019
Lin-Manuel Miranda of "Hamilton" is excellent in his first film role.
January 9, 2019
It's not a bad movie, but it won't leave a lasting legacy like its predecessor.
January 9, 2019
A pale reflection of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 9, 2019
A few more knockout songs might've gone a long way, but as is, the movie passes a tough test.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 8, 2019
Because this version is so indebted to the nostalgia associated with the original, to the point where it literally borrows its structure, I can't fathom why I'd want to return to it when the 1964 film is right there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 8, 2019
Ensures we drift off into reverie for those old scenes it's cribbing from instead of making new memories.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 8, 2019
Emily Blunt (is) the perfect Poppins for this whimsy-filled throwback to a bygone Disney era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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