• PG, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:    John Madden
  • In Theaters:    Jul 18, 1997 Wide
  • On DVD:    Apr 22, 1998

Mrs. Brown Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
March 31, 2009

A highly resonant testament to the redemptive power of love--one that transcends traditional romantic definitions.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 20, 2008

terrific performances make it a must-see

| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
April 20, 2007

Fine Judi Dench starring drama.

| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
Variety
Top Critic
January 29, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: B+

Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

Dench is magnificent as Victoria, a toy-sized, black-suited, dough girl of despair, a woman slowly recovering her wits and her expectations.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 31, 2004

This discreet drama failed to get to me emotionally.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Luanne Brown
Hometownsource.com
April 19, 2004

Interesting, but didn't love it.

| Original Score: 3/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003

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...

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

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.

Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002

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.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 28, 2002

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

Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
December 8, 2001

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
William Mager
BBC.com
April 17, 2001

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Janet Maslin
New York Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

''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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000

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.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000

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.

Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000

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.

Darren Bignell
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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