Nancy Drew

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Big-screen teen sleuth is cute, if a bit bland.
  • PG
  • 2007
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 35 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 46 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Shows that persistance, ingenuity, and smarts pay off. Plus a message about being yourself.

Positive Role Models

Nancy is a great role model for girls: She's fearless, smart, and conscientious. She's also a really good kid -- except when it comes to her father's request that she stop sleuthing.

Violence & Scariness

Nancy is nearly killed a few times -- first in a car chase and later at gunpoint by a bad guy and his henchmen. Men are hit over the head with a shovel.

Sexy Stuff

One brief kiss; two girls wear tight outfits and flirt with Ned; Corky hits on Nancy.


Fairly mild language/insults: "what the hell," "freak," "idiot," "oh God," "porky," etc.


Several prominent product placements: Mac laptop,, AOL, Amtrak, InStyle magazine, Hollywood High, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's a rowdy high-school party, but no one seems to be drinking -- just dancing and carrying on.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the big-screen Nancy Drew is very retro and straightlaced. And although she's being marketed to older tweens and young teens, even slightly younger kids will enjoy the teenage sleuth's harmless action. There are a few "good scary" moments (a face pops up in a dark room), and even though Nancy is forced to flee from armed henchmen and is even held at gunpoint, she never really seems like she'd be the victim of anything. It's worth noting that there are several prominent product placements, mostly computer and Internet related.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byninoca100 June 30, 2009

Good family movie, especially if you have daughters.

Nancy Drew is an excellent role model for young girls: smart, stylish in an old fashioned way, and does not give in to peer pressure.
Adult Written byB-127 December 22, 2020

Occult story - realistic ghost character

We don't show movies that deal with the occult - such as communication with the dead. Within the first ten minutes of this film, there is a close-up, face... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 3, 2017
I really liked this movie! It had great twists and turns just like in the book series. I'd say it WAS a little scary when the professor threatened to kill... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBobtheminion07 February 18, 2021

My whole family stayed till the end

Great movie!! some scariness. My family( ages 9-54) loved this we all stayed till the end . there is only one kiss at the very end and some scariness. Nancy do... Continue reading

What's the story?

Nancy and her dad, Carson (Tate Donovan), leave their Midwestern hometown of River Heights for Los Angeles, where they stay in a mysterious mansion in which a beautiful Hollywood star named Dehlia Draycott (Laura Elena Harring) wound up dead. Nancy has promised her dad that, instead of sleuthing, she'll try to be "normal" -- if that's possible in 2007 for an 18-year-old who wears penny loafers and twin-sets to a Hollywood high school. But eventually she can't help herself, and she starts digging away at the circumstances surrounding Dehlia's death. With the aid of an obnoxious, adoring 12-year-old freshman named Corky (Josh Flitter), her low-tech detective kit, her signature blue roadster, and her cute-but-completely-uncharismatic (boy)friend Ned (Max Thieriot), Nancy has everything a girl needs to solve a 25-year-old mystery.

Is it any good?

Updated by director Andrew Fleming in the form of perky Emma Roberts, the likable Nancy Drew is equal parts goody-two-shoes and intuitive investigator. As the throwback "sleuth" (an anachronistic word in and of itself), Roberts is an excellent role model for obedience and good citizenship, but there's a certain oomph missing in this modernized take on the teen detective.

But the bigger puzzle is how Roberts -- who stars in her own Nickelodeon show, Unfabulous, and is Julia's niece -- doesn't make Nancy as vibrant and endearing as she was on the page. Sure, she's sweet, and she proves that girls don't need guys to save them from peril, but her adolescent Sherlock Holmes isn't engaging enough to merit another movie mystery.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Nancy a good role model for tween and teen girls. How does she compare to other movie characters -- or real-life "role models" like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton?

  • Why did the other girls in the movie make fun of Nancy, and what made them change their mind?

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