• 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

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

May 13, 2009
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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November 1, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 24, 2006

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 4, 2006
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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If you're attracted to movies whose charms involve recollecting simpler times, Mrs. Henderson will do nicely.

| Original Score: B-

February 3, 2006
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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A lively period piece elevated by a winning pair of leads.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 2, 2006

Dallas Morning News
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Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

January 21, 2006
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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The role of Mrs. Henderson may not have been written with Judi Dench in mind, but it's hard to imagine who else might slip into the part so effectively.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

January 20, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The redoubtable Mrs. Henderson is the sort of character that Dench was born to play: funny, eccentric, cranky and with a spine of all-too-visible steel.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 13, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's a variety show of a film with something for everyone if nothing of great consequence.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

January 13, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Perfectly enjoyable entertainment for anyone who can abide showbiz sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

January 13, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Frears gives us a sweet, old-fashioned study of time and place and one unsinkable woman.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

January 13, 2006
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Humor and warmth abound.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 12, 2006
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Me, I prefer my candy bittersweet. But purring Dench and sparring Hoskins are agreeable company.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 12, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It's an amusing and well-meaning celebration of the stiff-upper-lips that got Britain through the Blitz. And the lead acting couldn't be more nimble.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

January 12, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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A dear film, sentimental and fond, full of beautifully acted British resolve.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 12, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Dench's Oscar-worthy performance is a delight. She turns Mrs. Henderson into a cross between the stereotypical little old lady and a hurricane. As Guest's character discovers, you've got to love her even as she's steamrolling you.

| Original Score: 4/4

January 12, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Mrs. Henderson Presents is not great cinema, and neither was the Windmill great theater, but they both put on a good show.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 12, 2006
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Wickedly funny.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 31, 2005
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Although technically not a musical, Mrs. Henderson Presents is filled with musical numbers, some of them quite accomplished.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 27, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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... the picture is as tastefully pretty as its girls, and just as motionless.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 27, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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A sloppy vaudeville turn by those glorious troupers Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins in what amounts to a silly orgy of nostalgic patriotism and the titillating naughtiness of stationary nudity.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 21, 2005

TIME Magazine
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Dench and Hoskins bicker with an affectionate ferocity that helps defuse the story's inherent sentimentality, and the result is an admittedly minor, but authentic, holiday treat.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 16, 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
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
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Mrs. Henderson Presents is a classy crowd-pleaser with two stars who can pretty much count on Oscar nominations.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 9, 2005
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Just as there will always be an England, there will always be a certain kind of English film: the highly polished entertainment, well-acted, genteelly amusing and impeccably turned out.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 9, 2005
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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The splintered, bantering relationship between Mrs. Henderson and Van Damm (and the chemistry between Dench and Hoskins) is what gives the movie its slender charms.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 9, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Stephen Frears seems constitutionally incapable of making an uninteresting movie.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 9, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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By the end of the picture, you're left marveling at how [Director] Frears has kept the whole thing so crisp and so fun.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 8, 2005
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
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The film is supremely well crafted: Raucousness and wit slide into sadness, and yet you never feel as if you're being worked over by a bunch of slicksters.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A

December 8, 2005
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
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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There is no drama, unless you count the wallflower romance of Hoskins and Dench, doing the Britcom shtick that's becomes her version of autopilot.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

December 7, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It comes highly recommended and is right at home in the company of other end-of-the-year 'prestige' pictures.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 6, 2005
Jorge Morales
Village Voice
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This is Dame Judi's show. However extraordinary an actor she may be, she cannot conceal the obvious fact that she's having the time of her life here. Isn't that delicious?

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 6, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The always-reliable Stephen Frears, a master of symmetry and narrative coherence, has come up with another jewel.

November 23, 2005
David Rooney
Variety
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[The film is] buoyed along by the redoubtable Judi Dench, giving an acerbic reading of a formidable woman. But the failure to create tangible conflicts or satisfyingly developed characters around her is problematic.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 13, 2005
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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An absolute delight from start to finish.

September 12, 2005
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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Mrs. Henderson presents a pretty lacklustre songbook; the production numbers are more costume-party fun than musically enjoyable.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 9, 2005
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