Movie Reviews: The Nanny Diaries
Virtually all of the reviews of The Nanny Diaries compare it with The Devil Wears Prada. In this case, Laura Linney portrays a Park Avenue socialite determined (like the Meryl Streep character in Prada) to control her relationships with others -- including the character played by Scarlett Johansson, a student hired to care for the Linney character's son. As Stephen Holden observes in the New York Times, both Nanny and Prada "follow the same formulaic path from naïveté to shock to disillusionment and ultimately to purification. In both stories the dutiful young acolytes become so caught up in their bosses' horrid compulsions that their very souls are threatened." But Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle says that Prada "is a tough act to follow" and that the new movie especially pales by comparison. "It might have seemed like solid, sufficiently mindless summer entertainment otherwise," he writes. Likewise Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune concludes that Prada "turned out a lot richer than this one." Still Laura Linney receives as many rave reviews for her role in Nanny as Streep did for her similar role in Prada. Stephen Hunter in the Washington Post begins his review of the movie this way: "Love me or hate me, you must agree with me on one thing as immutable as the laws of physics (or else I will beat you up): Laura Linney is a great actress." And Gene Seymour in Newsday comments that Linney "shows again why she's among our best actors."