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Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 159
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 102

Though bolstered by a thoroughly charming performance by Bill Murray in the central role, Hyde Park on Hudson is an FDR biopic that lets down both its audience and its subject.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 28

Though bolstered by a thoroughly charming performance by Bill Murray in the central role, Hyde Park on Hudson is an FDR biopic that lets down both its audience and its subject.



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In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York - the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR's domestic


Drama, Comedy

Richard Nelson

Apr 9, 2013


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All Critics (159) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (102) | DVD (1)

[It] may have the look of a prestige picture, but it plays more like a version of FDR's life as told by TMZ, focusing on naughty details and ignoring the historical implications of the events depicted.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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Somewhat uneven and ultimately underwhelming, but there's plenty to admire and enjoy here nonetheless.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A languid, tedious effort that never bothers to get to the heart of its characters, the film is a shallow reading of a significant time told mostly from the viewpoint of a lifeless character.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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It's never a bad movie, but it can't quite gel into a good one either.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Hyde Park on the Hudson' is a forgettable historical footnote.

December 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard
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Essentially, Hyde Park on Hudson is a Shakespearean revel.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The potentially sordid FDR-and-Daisy half of the drama is feebly unrewarding, bordering on pointless, and bogged down by ponderous narration.

July 28, 2013 Full Review Source:

An unconventional drama that succeeds despite an uneven plot.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

The movie is all setting, nothing but plates and countrysides and old cars and absolutely nothing to say. It's a real snore.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

The possibilities are endless, but none of them are explored with any depth herein.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight certainly could do worse than enjoy a fanciful little film about a gentle president, his supposedly homely lover and two twittish English people appalled by hot dogs. I just wish they'd gone ahead and changed the names.

April 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It's been a long time since Lost in Translation (2003), which is the last time Bill Murray did anything of real note in a film. Here he partially redeems the latter phase of his film career playing pre-war US President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

A delightful piece of historical speculation grounded in historical details and personal recollections that have continually been coming to light over the last seventy years ... Murray is terrific in the part - charming, at ease and cunning as a fox.

April 2, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

The issue of FDR's fidelity remains a thorny topic for traditionalists and historians, never mind the light, fluffy - and ultimately disposable - version of events.

March 24, 2013 Full Review Source: The Sunday Age

There is nothing stirring or sufficiently humorous to engage us; the fact that a serving US President is having secret affairs no longer shocks

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

With the incongruous casting of Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nelson's screenplay concentrates on the personal, offering a somewhat voyeuristic view of the events leading up to the 1939 visit of King George

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Even Murray, who never fails to be the most watchable actor in any film, can't prevent Hyde Park On Hudson from being too insipid.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source:

It's not the strongest premise for a movie, though Hyde Park on Hudson somehow contrives to make it seem rather less than the sum of its parts.

February 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Apparently Franklin Delano Roosevelt's polio paralysis didn't include everything below his waist. At least that's the impression left by Hyde Park on Hudson, which paints the president as a horn dog in chief... This isn't Lincoln, by a longshot.

February 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

When the central drama concerns whether the Royal Couple will eat hot dogs or not, you can tell it's too slender a premise to hang on a film on.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

FDR's story is strikingly relevant to how Paralympians strive so hard today to correct our perception of 'disability'.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Tedious PBS middle-brow fare, though not without a few amusing moments in this mostly forgettable historical pic.

February 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's icky stuff, not helped by Murray giving perhaps the worst performance of his career. And I include Garfield 2.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

The film's special success resides in the women's hairdos.

February 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Perhaps Hyde Park on Hudson would have been more edifying if it hadn't been released in the wake of The King's Speech.

February 2, 2013 Full Review Source: KC Active
KC Active

Audience Reviews for Hyde Park on Hudson

"Hyde Park on Hudson" is to WWII dramas as "Moscow on the Hudson" is to geopolitical thrillers...but without the charm or the Russians. Although there is a stronger performance by Murray than usual and a decent performance by Linney, the plot is slow and meandering, offering no real insight into FDR, Eleanor or any of the other players. A real disappointment, although "stars" are awarded for production value.
March 4, 2014

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There was no story. The character of Daisy, played by Laura Linney, was so lame--and she was the narrator--I had no idea who she was or what she wanted. FDR was played wonderfully by Bill Murray, but again--what did he want out of her? Just sex? He was getting that with 3 other women and he was married. I loved the British invasion and would have liked to see that perhaps played out more--was that supposed to be the story? I think that the producers found Daisy's letters and diaries and thought, "oh, a scandal!", but it wasn't a scandal. It wasn't even interesting.
January 16, 2014
Bathsheba Monk
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They could have gone over the top with Hyde park on Hudson but I'm glad they didn't. The humour is subtle and a little infrequent but of the right tone. The performances are good but it is Bill Murray as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Olivia Colman as The Queen Mum (as she is now known) who really steal the show. How many more great performances by Colman are going to be overlooked? The story doesn't exactly thrill the way you'd expect, it's unbalanced for the most part and I think they should have concentrated with telling the Royal visit story, rather than the affair Roosevelt was having with his cousin. I can't say I was particularly enamoured by Laura Linney's character or performance. It's all a bit of a wasted opportunity really and unfortunately a little dull but it's not all bad, watch it for the performances.
July 31, 2013

Super Reviewer

Though there seemed to be a lot to invest your attention in with this film, there is very little that will hold it. Set right before wartime in WWII, this film is set at the Roosevelt family home in upstate New York. The president, FDR, is staying there and running the country with the help of his advisors, mother, and wife, when she shows up. The visit from King George and his wife was an interesting story, especially because each seems to think the other is trying to claim superiority over the other. FDR is portrayed as an easy going, interesting, whimsical man, who likes to tell stories and is somewhat ashamed of his wheelchair. Bill Murray has a wide scope as an actor, and oftentimes he picks serious roles where he is at the bottom of the barrel and he needs to find some way to climb out. As FDR there is very little conflict, or unease about him, which is an unwelcome change of pace. There aren't any obstacles for him to overcome as president, and what little there is, is a simple fight with his fifth cousin, who narrates the film. Laura Linney plays her, as one of FDR's mistresses, confidant, and friend. The way she is portrayed in the film most lands on trusted advisor, and their relationship seems only alluded to, and only for a brief moment at the beginning. The main problem is that there's no tension or drama to this film. The screenwriter was one of the people who first found the real letters between FDR and Daisy (Linney) and wrote a script shortly after. This wasn't a scandal and it wasn't all that interesting, what with all his other mistresses, and the fact that the royals are ignored throughout. Mainly, the things that should have been explored in depth were not, and tension was incorrectly mounted in all other cases just to give this film a reason for being made. Murray may be engaging as the president, but even that doesn't make it watch worthy.
July 12, 2013

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    1. Daisy: That spring Franklin showed me a world I never knew existed.
    – Submitted by Chris P (20 months ago)
    1. Franklin D. Roosevelt: I thought I might have a swim. Come along?
    – Submitted by Chris P (20 months ago)
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