Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)



Critic Consensus: On paper, Mrs. Doubtfire might seem excessively broad or sentimental, but Robin Williams shines so brightly in the title role that the end result is difficult to resist.

Movie Info

After out-of-work actor Daniel Hilliard (Robin Williams) loses custody of his three children to his ex-wife Miranda (Sally Field), he dresses up in drag to become the matronly Mrs. Doubtfire, the family's new nanny, in order to see his kids every day.

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual references)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Anne Fine, Randi Mayem Singer, Leslie Dixon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 5, 1999
20th Century Fox


as Daniel Hillard/Mrs. ...

as Miranda Hillard

as Lydia Hillard

as Chris Hillard

as Natalie Hillard

as Mr. Lundy

as Mrs. Sellner

as Bus Driver

as TV Boss

as Justin Gregory

as Bus Driver

as ADR Director

as 1st Female Employee

as 2nd Female Employee

as Male Employee

as Miranda's Attorney

as Daniel's Attorney

as Miranda's Mother

as Bartender

as 1st Staring Boy

as 2nd Staring Boy

as Stunning Woman

as Man in Men's Room

as Delivery Boy

as Dr. Toad

as Lundy's Secretary

as Maitre 'd

as Head Chef

as Woman Housekeeper

as TV Director

as Mr. Spinkles

as ADR Director Lou
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Critic Reviews for Mrs. Doubtfire

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (10)

Although overly sappy in places and probably 20 minutes too long, this Robin Williams-in-drag vehicle provides the comic a slick surface for doing his shtick, within a story possessing broad family appeal.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

I've rarely laughed so much at a movie I generally disliked.

Full Review… | April 7, 2008
Top Critic

Sit-com stuff, then, with laboured farcical interludes, and a mushy post-feminist sensibility. Funny notwithstanding.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The dress, the mask and Mrs. Doubtfire's gentility are inherently limiting, but nothing holds Mr. Williams back when he's on a roll.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The film is not as amusing as the premise, and there were long stretches when I'd had quite enough of Mrs. Doubtfire.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Williams has to break out of a second-rate "Tootsie" imitation, ankles clamped in pathos and face covered in latex. He pulls it off in the end, but it's not pretty.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mrs. Doubtfire


Only The late Robin Williams has ever been able to pull off being a woman! An overrated movie but it holds genuine emotion and comedy to be family gold!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

No doubt about it - Robin Williams is brilliant!

Christian C

Super Reviewer

An eccentric actor specializing in voice over work takes drastic measures to be with his kids after a bitter divorce from his nagging shrew of a wife gains sole custody of their three children. His solution: get his makeup artist brother (and the brother's partner) to make an impressive set of clothes and prosthetics to become Mrs. Doubtfire-the new Scottish nanny hired by his ex-wife to take care of the kids and the house while she focuses on her career.

It's a high concept film that really works. It was great in the 90s, and it still holds up quite well over 20 years later.

Chris Columbus is a rather hit and miss director at times, but this is easily one of his best. It's funny, memorable, highly quotable, and really does a good job at dealing with tough topics. Divorce is hard on kids and their parents, and the film shows this, but does so in a way where the comedy and drama are mixed pretty evenly.

Robin Williams puts his talents to very effective use, and it seems to me as if this role was tailor made for him. He gets to run wild with his shtick, yes, but he also shows his true acting chops when needed as well, and, though he is immature, he changes, and it is earned. Sally Field, good actress though she is, is rather one note here as the nagging wife. She gives the role a bit more weight due to her skill, but sadly it's still not the most developed or fleshed out role. The three kids (including Mara Wilson in her film debut) are fine enough, though the older daughter can be a really unlikable bitch at times. Also, it cracks me up how the boy kinda looks like Dave Grohl to an extent.

Other people who show up are Pierce Brosnan as a well-to-do snob trying to take over Williams's role as family man, Robert Prosky as Williams's boss at his court-appointed job, and Harvey Fierstein as the makeup artist brother.

The film does run long, and, as I said, some of the characters are not all that likeable or developed, but overall, this is a well meaning, enjoyable, and pretty memorable blast.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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