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Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006)

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67

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 138
Fresh: 93 | Rotten: 45

Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins shine in this warm, witty period piece.

73

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 11

Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins shine in this warm, witty period piece.

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A recently widowed eccentric with money to burn and no intentions of settling down enlists the aide of a showbiz professional to transform a run-down theater in Soho into London's most innovative entertainment hot spot in director Stephen Frears' cinematic account of the groundbreaking Windmill Theater. The year is 1937 and, despite having recently lost her husband, 69-year-old Laura Henderson (Judy Dench) remains as ambitious and vital as ever. Aghast at her friend Lady Conway's (Thelma Barlow)

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Drama, Comedy

Martin Sherman

Apr 18, 2006

$11.0M

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All Critics (147) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (93) | Rotten (45) | DVD (22)

Though nudity will keep this from being a family film, for those who love the family of the theater, this postcard from its past is worth framing in your heart.

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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If you're attracted to movies whose charms involve recollecting simpler times, Mrs. Henderson will do nicely.

February 3, 2006
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The greatest pleasure of Mrs. Henderson Presents is watching two of the grandest British lions taking their talents for a long walk.

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A lively period piece elevated by a winning pair of leads.

February 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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An unexpectedly classy film. Not for kids.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Hoskins and Dench share a unique chemistry that pierces the story's heavy-handed construction.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Mrs Henderson's irrepressible dominance ensures that all the other characters in her orbit seem static and soulless, not unlike the girls in the theatre's nude tableaux.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

There's chemistry and tension aplenty in this bittersweet character study.

May 20, 2007 Full Review Source: DallasBlack.com
DallasBlack.com

One of those "prestige" pictures that you can watch with your dear old Mom ... provided your Mom won't be offended by the unclothed young ladies.

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Don't expect sex, satire or "upstairs/downstairs" irony, just a good song, a flash of sequins and the possibility of a wartime romance--oh, the joys of nostalgia!

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The breast movie of the year ...

July 27, 2006 Full Review

a thoroughly enjoyable film

May 10, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Una comedia dramática con iguales dosis de picardía y emotividad, sostenida en dos buenas actuaciones de Judi Dench y Bob Hoskins.

April 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Mainly an excuse for the entertainment industry to toot its own horn, again.

March 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Judi Dench shines but her movie is a little sketchy

February 28, 2006 Full Review
jackiekcooper.com

A charming piece that entertains without getting heavy, yet dares to make poignant statements when the moment is right.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

When exactly did one of cinema's most accomplished actresses turn into one of its most boring?

February 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Naked ladies may be the enticement, but the main attraction of Mrs. Henderson Presents is Dench and Hoskins squabbling like the old married couple that they aren't.

February 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Dench can say more with just her eyes than many young actresses of today can say with whole pages of dialogue.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Dench deserves better, and unfortunately it will probably be a long time before she gets another starring role in a movie custom-made for an actress her age.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Frears' skimpy plot is only a false front for the nudity, which includes a peek at Hoskins' naughty bits. Dame Judi, to her everlasting credit, keeps her clothes on.

February 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

... perfectly pleasant and exceedingly predictable ...

February 8, 2006 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Even in its finest hour, still a sad little movie about the guilty thrill of ogling nudity

February 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

There's no denying it's fun to watch.

February 4, 2006 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Audience Reviews for Mrs. Henderson Presents

The Windmill Theater in London was infamous for shaking up that famous British stiff upper lip with their girly revues and bawdy shows, and that story is told here (however informed by Hollywood musicals). So the background story is laid out about a rich society widow sponsoring an showbiz venture, unusual in Britain upper circles, and the eventual success of that venture, but the real film lies in the re-creation of the stage shows put on in those years.
The whole is not bad, yet lacking the bite the real story, a British story, of the impact, humanity and courage even prostitutes must've had during the wartime blitz. For a work purportedly celebrating those people, this film shies away from who those people were.
August 30, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

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The recently widowed Mrs. Henderson has no idea what to do with her life and her vast amount of cash. Her friend suggests she gets herself a hobby, and after pricking her finger doing some embroidery she instead decides to buy a rundown theatre. She hires theatre manager Bob Hoskins to take over and run a musical review which all goes fine and dandy until everyone copies them. They decide to do something more daring and so have nudes on the stage. The film has the classical polite British putdowns and absurd but brilliant satirical moments. The nudes are not allowed to move, because then it's art. The musical numbers are quite fun and inventive and the verbal fisticuffs between Dench and Hoskins is brilliant. They each give us a warm but strict character and there is a lot of chemistry, which makes it even more interesting when the film shrugs off the romance angle between the pair. In the latter half after the war kicks off the film inevitably loses some of its warm colourful charm, but reflects the time period accordingly. A great supporting cast, especially Guest in a hilarious role, bring alive those little moments. A joyful feel good movie that gives a lot of heart.
August 21, 2012
kiriyamakazou

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A great little English film with a great English casting line up. Including Kelly Reilly a very good actress on the rise, who will be well known to UK audiences in Above Suspicion, as the star of a West end show where the girls perform naked. Set during the 2nd world war, it shows the quirky, eccentric and fighting spirit of the people at the time. The film whizzes by very quickly, with a great cast, lovely girls this was a quirky comedy/drama that was more entertaining than I expected.
February 27, 2011
Deano78

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    1. Laura Henderson: Mr. van Damm, you are Jewish.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Vivian Van Damm: Anyone can have talent.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Vivian Van Damm: We must have British nipples.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Laura Henderson: I'm bored with widowhood...I have to smile at everybody. I've never had to smile at everybody. In India there were always people to look down on.
    2. Vivian Van Damm: People are merely being sympathetic. After all, you have lost your husband.
    3. Laura Henderson: I didn't mislay him. It was most inconsiderate of Robert to die. What on earth am I supposed to do now?
    4. Vivian Van Damm: The first rule of widowhood, my dear. Important conversations occur at lunch.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
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