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Mrs. Brown Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

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

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 31, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

terrific performances make it a must-see

| Original Score: 4/5

April 20, 2008
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Fine Judi Dench starring drama.

| Original Score: 5/5

April 20, 2007
Emanuel Levy
Variety
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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 Source: Variety | Original Score: B+

January 29, 2007

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This discreet drama failed to get to me emotionally.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

May 31, 2004
Luanne Brown
Hometownsource.com

Interesting, but didn't love it.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 19, 2004
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

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 Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 5/5

February 8, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

October 15, 2002
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

June 5, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

February 28, 2002
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com

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

Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 8, 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 Source: BBC | Original Score: 4/5

April 17, 2001
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner

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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

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

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.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

January 1, 2000
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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 Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
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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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 1, 2000
Darren Bignell
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
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