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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019)

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After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights. But for 16-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure, and the chance to make a difference. Nancy gets that opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local "mean girl" Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!

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Cast

Sophia Lillis
as Nancy Drew
Zoe Renee
as George Fayne
Laura Wiggins
as Helen Corning
Sam Trammell
as Carson Drew
Jesse C. Boyd
as Willie Wharton
Jennifer Riker
as Motel Clerk
Andrew Matthew Welch
as Deputy Patrick
Jay Devon Johnson
as Sheriff Marchbanks
Ayanna Wardlow
as Cheerleader Captain
Shaun Bowman
as Chubby Kid
Linzy Clifton
as Paramedic
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Critic Reviews for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

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Lillis shines as the brainy detective, but the movie itself is none too bright.

March 21, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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Ineffectual, irrelevant and amateurishly conceived from start to finish, this movie is so bad it could kill off Nancy Drew forever.

March 18, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
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Lillis is ideally cast as Nancy, often cheerfully undercutting some of her character's more precocious proclamations, cracking smiles and reminding us that she's still a kid.

March 15, 2019 | Full Review…

[Lillis is] the freshest thing to happen to Nancy Drew in decades, making it clear that casting was the solution that has so often eluded this series in its jump from page to screen in the past.

March 15, 2019 | Full Review…

The Hidden Staircase ultimately fails to introduce the younger members of its audience to the pleasures of movie detective.

March 12, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Clearly made by people who have thought through the material and tried to make it enjoyable and palatable, but the set-up at the end for further sequels feels a little too hopeful.

March 11, 2019 | Full Review…
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