Hyde Park on Hudson Reviews

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Noah Gittell
The Atlantic
April 16, 2014
[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.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 29, 2013
Somewhat uneven and ultimately underwhelming, but there's plenty to admire and enjoy here nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 4, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 21, 2012
It's never a bad movie, but it can't quite gel into a good one either.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 18, 2012
Hyde Park on the Hudson' is a forgettable historical footnote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 14, 2012
Essentially, Hyde Park on Hudson is a Shakespearean revel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 14, 2012
Murray's spot-on portrayal of a man juggling myriad pressures and demands, from petty to momentous, marks one of the film's greatest strengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 13, 2012
There's an alliance of interesting stories fighting for dominance here, but instead of a clear victory, "Hyde Park on Hudson" is the site of a muddled truce.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 13, 2012
By all rights "Hyde Park on Hudson" should be a slyly funny treat. It is, in places - but it's also strangely flat, as if screenwriter Richard Nelson lost interest somewhere along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 13, 2012
Roger Michell's brightly lit film turns America's 32nd president from world statesman into naughty codger, quite the fall from grace for the man who led his country through the Great Depression and the Second World War.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 13, 2012
Just think of it as a movie about a friendly, sick old man who can be quite a handful, and put the real FDR out of your mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 13, 2012
Casting Murray as FDR may feel like a gamble or a stunt at first, but after a few minutes the rightness of the choice is inarguable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 13, 2012
[A] middlebrow, middleweight and middling project ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 13, 2012
A deceptively subtle portrayal in which the mostly deadpan comic star disappears beneath the pince-nez and the snappy brim of a presidential fedora, Murray offers a fascinating glimpse into a complex and charismatic figure ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 13, 2012
I don't know if I've ever seen a movie as spectacularly tone-deaf as "Hyde Park on Hudson."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 13, 2012
They're a fun bunch, these Roosevelts and their friends. But even in this crowd, fun's just not enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 13, 2012
Murray, who has a wider range than we sometimes realize, finds the human core of this FDR and presents it tenderly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 10, 2012
This is a cool, collected, concise film - to its detriment.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 7, 2012
Michell manages to wring the requisite mixture of pathos and mirth from the confab.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 7, 2012
"Hyde Park on Hudson" doesn't dig deep enough into the man, or his women, to be a great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 7, 2012
Basically a frothy tabloid take on presidential history. And for my money, that's a good thing in a season filled with puffed-up prestige pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2012
Though he has competition, especially from the folks playing the visiting royals, Murray is very much the reason to see "Hyde Park."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 6, 2012
I wish I could say that Bill Murray's performance as FDR was so wonderful it transcended the material, but the truth is that Murray's character never fully emerges from the fog.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 6, 2012
A small film that, for all its considerable charm, miniaturizes its hero in the process of humanizing him.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 6, 2012
It's up to Murray to carry the film, which he does with stately calm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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December 6, 2012
In Hyde Park, actor and character share an evasive cunning beneath the hail-fellow-well-met charm that made Roosevelt such a hit with the press and the public.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 6, 2012
A romance that grows out of admiration over a stamp collection is about as boring as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
December 6, 2012
Even if this weren't a year when Daniel Day Lewis' turn as Abraham Lincoln was thrilling audiences and critics alike, this performance wouldn't rank among Murray's most memorable work.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
December 6, 2012
'Hyde Park on Hudson' is one of the most bizarrely muddled prestige pictures in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 6, 2012
Hyde Park On Hudson depicts Roosevelt as a boozy adulterer, but it nevertheless tilts heavily towards hagiography.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 6, 2012
Roosevelt was one of the towering figures of the 20th century, but he and his accomplishments scarcely register in this amorphous, bafflingly aimless movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 5, 2012
I quite enjoyed "Hyde Park on Hudson" while I was watching it, but ultimately it feels like a minor picture on purpose, as if it had been deliberately designed to be everybody's second- or third-choice holiday film.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 5, 2012
Instead of focusing on FDR as a president, this movie gives up half its length to tawdry soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 5, 2012
We can accept that F.D.R. was a charming cad, but if he weren't a great deal more than that there would be no reason to put him at the center of a movie.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 5, 2012
Funny, believable, historic and hugely entertaining.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
December 4, 2012
It's dispiriting that a film about the romantic life of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who cultivated a small coterie of mistresses, should exhibit so little interest in what engaged its hero ...
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 4, 2012
King George's perpetual stutter is a drolly exploited plot point, as in 2010's awards-sweeping The King's Speech, as well as the pathos-ridden focus of the film's best scene, in which FDR boosts the monarch's confidence with a homespun story over cigars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
November 30, 2012
An unseemly look at the private life of one of America's most revered commanders-in-chief.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 12, 2012
Director Roger Michell's movie is, pretty consistently, dreadful.
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September 10, 2012
It appears that something magical is going to happen. But then it doesn't. It's all setting and no story, all beauty and no humanity ...
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 9, 2012
A movie in desperate search of a point, despite a good concept and colorful cast.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 1, 2012
Bill Murray as FDR? It takes a few minutes to get used to, but once he settles into the role of the 32nd president, the idiosyncratic comic actor does a wonderfully jaunty job of it ...