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Frothy and exuberantly entertaining - in part because of the sexual innuendoes - it's the best romantic comedy so far this year.
Adams shines brightly, reinforcing the image she projected in Junebug and enhanced in Enchanted and Charlie Wilson's War. At this time of the year, it's tough to find a more diverting way to spend 90 minutes in a multiplex.
The Hollywood Reporter
Sustains itself through terrific forward momentum and two glorious star turns by gifted actresses Frances McDormand and Amy Adams.
A good farce is hard to find. Particularly one that holds up for the entirety of the story and keeps us engrossed, while smiling. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a particularly effective and cheeky example.
A jubilee for McDormand and jolly good fun for most everyone else.
Chicago Tribune
Style is a tricky, elusive thing, and this film doesn't so much have it as strive for it, constantly. But something in Watson's story endures: The wish-fulfillment truly satisfies. And with the war clouds gathering by story's end, the fairy tale acquires a bittersweet edge, nicely cutting all that whipped cream.
Miami Herald
The only thing missing from this winsome, madcap throwback set in London on the eve of World War II is an actual Brit in the title role.
Looks and sounds great, and is at its best when it isn't trying too hard to have fun.
It's left to the ideally cast McDormand to keep everything on track and, as expected, she weathers every tonal change with competence, confidence and a perfectly stiff upper lip.
Adams, of course, is a peach. Her sparkle requires only minor character adjustment and twinkle recharging from her recent triumph as the old-fashioned modern heroine in "Enchanted."
At least Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day has the good grace to go wrong quickly, you don't have to sit there squirming with doubt.

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