One-dimensional characters and wooden acting cripple "The Nanny Diaries," critics say, calling the lavishly appointed frustrated-underling tale similar to "The Devil Wears Prada" in everything except quality. "They should've thrown everything away except the title and the outline," writes Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune.
The one agreed-upon exception to an otherwise charmless movie? The always-awesome Laura Linney, who is good enough to rustle up some sympathy for her nasty character. "Ms. Linney defies a screenplay that paints her character, Mrs. X, a Park Avenue socialite, as a monstrous control freak," Stephen Holden writes in the New York Times.