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Saving Mr Banks

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Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
5.70 /10
Emma Thompson , Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell
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Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Written by: Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith

Released: 2013
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 125

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Because its a Hollywood movie from a major corporation looking fondly at itself, it concludes that, while art may heal our psychic wounds, craftsmanship and commerce heal them better.
(Ty Burr, Boston Globe)
Saving Mr. Banks does end in tears, but they're Disney tears, as befits a movie about Disney made by Disney. Which doesn't mean you shouldn't see this beguiling piece of pop storytelling, built on half-truths whipped into shape for a storybook ending that never was.
(Ella Taylor, NPR)
Saving Mr. Banks is a wholesomely square film about a wholesomely square film. But damned if its sugar doesn't go down like honey.
(Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly)
Its a bit square, never particularly surprising, yet very rich in its sense of creative people and their spirit of self-reinvention.
(Scott Foundas, Variety)
The film is too intelligent and well-crafted to dismiss and too good to hate. Some people will love it, and at worst, most people will like it a little.
(Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
Edges have been softened, harshness has been transformed into happiness sprinkled with eccentricity. And the paradox, of course, is that we're glad to be seduced. As Disney films go, this is a good one.
(Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal)
The whole thing goes down with a few bucketloads of sugar. What keeps it from becoming sticky schmaltz is Thompson, who plays Travers with wit and warmth, adding a spoonful of spoilt child to help the battleaxe go down.
(Cath Clarke, Time Out London)
Saving Mr. Banks does not strictly hew to the historical record where the eventual resolution of this conflict is concerned, but it is easy to accept this fictionalizing as part of the price to be paid for Thompson's engaging performance.
(Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)
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)
Saving Mr Banks is an indulgent, overlong picture which is always on the verge of becoming a mess. Thankfully, reliable old Tom Hanks snaps his fingers and spit, spot everything more or less gets cleared away.
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)

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