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Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Brown (1997)

tomatometer

94

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 3

Thanks to some top notch acting, the chemistry between its stars, and a witty, thoughtful script, Mrs. Brown delivers a nuanced and entertaining, if not entirely factual, account of a seldom explored historical relationship.

90

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

Thanks to some top notch acting, the chemistry between its stars, and a witty, thoughtful script, Mrs. Brown delivers a nuanced and entertaining, if not entirely factual, account of a seldom explored historical relationship.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 8,182

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The ruler of England discovers the value of common friendship in this historical drama. After the death of her husband Prince Albert, Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) is despondent, and she remains in mourning for two years after Albert's passing. When one of her servants suggests that a daily ride on horseback might be a tonic for the Queen's health and spirits, a Scotsman named John Brown (Billy Connolly) is hired as her guide and groom. At first, the Queen shows no interest in riding, though Brown

PG,

Drama, Romance

Jeremy Brock

Apr 22, 1998

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All Critics (50) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (3) | DVD (2)

Centering on a lesser-known chapter in the reign of Queen Victoria, this richly detailed drama about her intimate relationship with her servant that scandalized the country is extremely well-acted; Judi Dench deserves an Oscar nomination

January 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Dench is magnificent as Victoria, a toy-sized, black-suited, dough girl of despair, a woman slowly recovering her wits and her expectations.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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''Mrs. Brown'' transcends its period setting not only with a keenly observed struggle between love and duty but also with the kind of controversy that envelops the Queen and her servant.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Even as the film teases us with the underlying ''sensuality'' of the relationship, it fails to portray it as a convincing human bond. Mrs. Brown is stately yet depressed, like Victoria.

July 18, 1997 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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A highly resonant testament to the redemptive power of love--one that transcends traditional romantic definitions.

March 31, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

terrific performances make it a must-see

April 20, 2008
Shadows on the Wall

Fine Judi Dench starring drama.

April 20, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

This discreet drama failed to get to me emotionally.

May 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Interesting, but didn't love it.

April 19, 2004
Hometownsource.com

Dench's Victoria has a full palette of pent-up emotions bubbling inside her like a pressure-cooker; one can feel the power of her anguish...

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

The political nuances of Mrs. Brown may be obscure to most Americans, but you need no expertise in British history to appreciate Ms. Dench's honesty or Mr. Connolly's ferocity,or Anthony Sher's sly turn as the sharp-witted Disraeli.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Despite a few passing similarities to "The Madness of King George" and "Carrington," "Mrs. Brown" succeeds bravely on its own terms, owing much to freshman scribe Jeremy Brock's outstanding blending of fact and speculation.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Explores the platonic friendship between the Queen of the British empire and a Scottish servant.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Unfortunately, the performances are not enough to carry this film, which feels much longer than its 83 minutes running time.

December 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

Judi Dench's glacial, reserved demeanour contrasts beautifully with Billy Connolly's natural, rebellious exuberance, and their resultant spark of chemistry is undeniable.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

If the movie crumbles under its own stiffness at times, at least it has the two old pros' good performances to cheer us along the way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Helping things greatly is the film's talented cast, which not only includes stunning performances from the leads, but a scene-stealing turn by Sher as well.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Assuming that rich human insight, great production values, and topnotch acting still count for something, Mrs. Brown should have no trouble finding an appreciative audience.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

How the story resolves itself is a bit unusual and not near as tidily wrapped up as we have come to expect from our films. More like real life.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Connolly is a revelation. He is one of these rare beasts who have the ability to bring with him his strong presence and renown, but skillfully in the mix, manages to detach himself from his persona and mould himself into the character.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Before you know it, you're caught up in a difficult but touching friendship, and enjoying a history lesson more than you ever thought possible.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Mrs. Brown

Stories of England's many queens have been overflowing in the past twenty years, "Mrs. Brown" being one of the first examples, followed shortly by "Elizabeth." Judi Dench is phenomenal, as always, and courts the film as a strong leader, a wailing widow, and a great friend to her manservant, John Brown. While the film alludes to the two having an intense bond, this is not a torrid romantic drama, and very much retains respect for the monarchy. Victoria is a grieving widow throughout, as she was in life, but Billy Connelly's performance as John Brown spices up her life and brings her out of seclusion. The ending would have to be the least enjoyable thing about this film, as it just sort of ends without much explanation, and this beautiful relationship that they've built up throughout the film is abandoned. It feels like there wasn't a point in the film in the first place and upends everything they've alluded to throughout the film. Otherwise it was an understated period piece that told a much underappreciated story with zest and life.
June 22, 2014
FrizzDrop

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When Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert dies, she goes into mourning. A highlander comes to court to take her out of her depression. Great cast.
January 6, 2013
thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

A fascinating period drama of the post-Albert era in Victorian Britain. The start is very slow, with little dialogue emphasising the coldness of the Queen's state of mind. But as she warms to her new Scottish servant, John Brown, played perfectly by Billy Connolly, an engrossing story emerges.
August 12, 2008
RossCollinsUK

Super Reviewer

A well acted and crafted movie that takes us back to the late 1800's where Queen Victoria falls for John Brown a Scott, and how there close relationship leads to scandal in Britian. Judi Dench plays Victoria flawlessly. Mrs. Brown is a great flim based on facts.

Story: A-
Acting: A
Direction: A-
Visuals: A-
Overall: A-

***1/2 out of 4 stars
August 20, 2010
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Matthew Rodrigues

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