Mrs. Henderson Presents Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 8, 2005
All is joyful vulgarity until World War II churlishly bursts in, generating oodles of Dunkirk spirit and swelling Martin Sherman's awful script into such orgies of cliché, you want to bottle it.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 12, 2005
The comedic scenes in Mrs. Henderson Presents are light but effective, but the drama is way over the top, especially when Mrs. Henderson almost literally gets on a soapbox and delivers a speech about the importance of topless women in times of war.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 12, 2006
Mrs. Henderson Presents begins with zippy animation but cuts immediately to a funeral, and that's exactly how you should expect the movie to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
December 13, 2005
Frears' lazy directing and Sherman's meandering script insistently go for the safe, for the cozy, each and every time the film shows a glimmer of potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 2, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 8, 2005
There isn't much going on in Mrs. Henderson Presents beyond the odd-couple routine, some gaudy musical numbers and artful nudity.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
December 8, 2005
Mrs. Henderson Presents bestows Dench with a distinctive role, and her feisty enthusiasm saves the picture from becoming obese with narrative ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 16, 2009
Hoskins and Dench share a unique chemistry that pierces the story's heavy-handed construction.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 22, 2005
Director Stephen Frears usually excels at jumping genres, but fails to do so within a single film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
December 14, 2005
Just because the film starts taking itself seriously doesn't mean you have to.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
January 11, 2006
As the story's disjointed perspective widens the energy dwindles and the film loses focus.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 9, 2005
Mrs. Henderson Presents is pretty but static. There's flesh from wall to wall, all right. But the movie never comes alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 24, 2006
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 13, 2005
Subplots subbing for a story line is an effort with little payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 26, 2006
You might expect more with this cast and the titillating subject matter but it is (like some nudes) less interesting when completely revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jette Kernion
Cinematical
April 8, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Gary Goldstein
Reel.com
December 9, 2005
[The film] rarely bares its claws or its teeth, just its heart -- which, as we all know, can be a sincerely misguided piece of equipment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 22, 2005
The diminished return of the English striptease comedies...neither swanky nor funny enough to entertain, and Sherman's shallow script never earns its melodramatic turns.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 18, 2005
...Oscar bait...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
January 10, 2006
You can take Harvey and Bob Weinstein away from Miramax --but you can't take that foolproof 'Miramax Formula' away from the Weinsteins.
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 6, 2005
Philip French
Guardian
December 6, 2005
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 14, 2006
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 4, 2006

Baltimore Sun
February 4, 2006
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Time Out
June 24, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
July 1, 2006
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