Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

Movie review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 10+

Sparkling book adaptation has great characters, some scares.

PG 2019 89 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 12 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

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

Stands out for and .

Community Reviews

age 12+

Possibly the worst kids movie I’ve ever seen

Ugh. This has a weird plot, is terribly acted, and has some strange content. Nancy humiliates a cyber bully by bullying him. She’s kind of a jerk, in general. Weird scene where a woman talks at length about her burlesque dancing days. This is a painfully stupid movie.
age 16+

Worst kids movie we’ve ever watched

Why would they make a “kids” movie like this? Nancy gets assaulted in an alley by an adult, her father gets chloroformed and kidnapped and the kidnappers drag her friend and threaten them with a gun. Seriously?? In between there are stupid stereotypes and boring storylines. If this isn’t appropriate for my 13 yr old who could this possibly be for? What 16-17 yr old is interested in Nancy Drew??

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love great movie girls

Character Strengths

Find more movies that help kids build character.

  • Young girl playing
    Courage
    See all
  • Young girl staring at her dad
    Empathy
    See all
  • Hands together
    Teamwork
    See all

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Click to see more titles about STEM
    STEM
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a book
    Book Characters
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a girl
    Great Girl Role Models
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate