The conclusion is desperately trite, but Linney's performance helps this comedy - based on a novel by two nannies, take note - feel like a credible peek behind very expensive curtains.
Anna Smith, Time Out, 2007-10-10
With [Linney], the film receives some badly needed dimension to its thin satire, not to mention the lion's share of the laughs.
Scott Tobias, AV Club, 2007-08-25
Whatever its faults are, The Nanny Diaries is hardly the disaster that the gossipmongers -- including, perhaps, even the studio that made it -- want us to believe.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, 2007-08-24
What puts The Nanny Diaries a cut above the run-of-the-mill romantic comedy is the acting.
Susan Walker, Toronto Star, 2007-08-24
A movie that is much better than a slick adaptation of a best-selling novel has any right to be.
Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, 2007-08-24
The Nanny Diaries, despite many bright moments and a superior level of craftsmanship, is now a flabby urban fairy tale.
David Denby, New Yorker, 2007-08-27
This is the sort of ho-hum production that will likely seem less disappointing on a smaller screen.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2007-08-25
A clever, satiric novel turned dull-witted movie.
Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal, 2007-08-24
A film that is even more lightweight and cliched than the fluff that was the best-selling book.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2007-08-24
The Nanny Diaries plods along pointlessly to its flat conclusion.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2007-08-24
There's a heart-sinking moment early in The Nanny Diaries when it becomes apparent that every literary gimmick that seemed arch and clever in the bestselling novel of 2002 is going to fall horribly flat in the worst movie of 2007.
Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, 2007-08-24
There's something painful about watching Scarlett Johansson, who looks as if she never had an indecisive moment in her life, struggle to seem ineffectual.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2007-08-24
These Diaries devolve into an outraged, sad-eyed social commentary that condemns New York's people of privilege and their rich, child-neglecting ways, but doesn't really let us laugh at them.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2007-08-24
A misguided film that veers between extremes in sentimentality and misanthropy.
Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger, 2007-08-24
Locked down in a celluloid prison cell marked The Nanny Diaries for 105 punishingly awful minutes, I was seconds away from crying 'Attica' and leading a tactical assault on the projectionist's booth when the words 'The End' appeared on screen.
Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2007-08-24
Despite some clever early fantasy scenes, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's adaptation of best seller The Nanny Diaries won't make Bridget Jones give up her writing.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, 2007-08-24