• R, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Stephen Frears
    In Theaters:
    Feb 3, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 18, 2006
  • Weinstein Company

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Mrs. Henderson Presents Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 8, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 12, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2006
Chris Barsanti

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 Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 13, 2005
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 2, 2007
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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

December 8, 2005
Brian Orndorf

Mrs. Henderson Presents bestows Dench with a distinctive role, and her feisty enthusiasm saves the picture from becoming obese with narrative ambition.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: C+

December 8, 2005
Cole Smithey

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

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C+

April 16, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Director Stephen Frears usually excels at jumping genres, but fails to do so within a single film.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2005
Carlo Cavagna

Just because the film starts taking itself seriously doesn't mean you have to.

Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com | Original Score: C+

December 14, 2005
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

As the story's disjointed perspective widens the energy dwindles and the film loses focus.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 11, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Mrs. Henderson Presents is pretty but static. There's flesh from wall to wall, all right. But the movie never comes alive.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

December 9, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 24, 2006
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Subplots subbing for a story line is an effort with little payoff.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/5

December 13, 2005

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 Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 26, 2006
Jette Kernion

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 Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 8, 2007
Gary Goldstein

[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

December 9, 2005
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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

December 22, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...Oscar bait...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

September 18, 2005
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

You can take Harvey and Bob Weinstein away from Miramax --but you can't take that foolproof 'Miramax Formula' away from the Weinsteins.

January 10, 2006
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 6, 2005
Philip French
December 6, 2005
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 14, 2006
David Ansen
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November 1, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 4, 2006

Baltimore Sun
February 4, 2006

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
July 1, 2006
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