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Saving Mr. Banks

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John Lee Hancock

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About the Movie

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock directs this acclaimed film that reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for 20 years to obtain the rights to author P. L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, they set “Mary Poppins” free!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 237
  • Fresh: 186
  • Rotten: 51
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The screenplay, by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, seamlessly captures two different eras with overlapping story lines that never intrude or confuse. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Dec 18, 2013

Fresh: The movie avoids commonplace traps; it never becomes maudlin and it doesn't transform Travers into a likeable elderly lady whose heart of gold is camouflaged by crotchetiness. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Dec 19, 2013

Rotten: Saving Mr Banks is a merciless film. It hits you with every sentimental low blow it can think of. Then it pounds you again. And when you're down, it jumps on you. – David Thomson, The New Republic, Dec 19, 2013

Fresh: Smart, delightful. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec 20, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Well Done

A great look behind the story of how Mary Poppins comes to Disney. The characters are deep and the story is well told. We enjoyed the parallel between the past and present. Also, we really enjoyed the team assigned (in the movie) by Disney to bring the story alive. They are awesome and remind us of how it worked in the past...responsible for animation, music, characters, all of it. Way cool.

Saving Mr. Banks

It was a personal favorite for my whole family. We enjoyed knowing the story behind Mary Poppins because that is also a personal favorite. Saving Mr. Banks was a great choice worth every dollar we spent at the movie theater. This movie was well written and greatly organized. This movie chose the best actors and actresses to play each part. When I finished watching my thought automatically went to the movie Mary Poppins because then you know everything that movie then makes more sense. They couldn't have done a better job with the script. To sum up, Saving Mr. Banks was a fantastic movie

Bank on Saving Mr. Banks

This is a wonderful movie for everyone and should have been high in the running for the best picture of the year and best actors. Truly enjoyable.