• G, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Dan Ireland
    In Theaters:
    Nov 25, 2005 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 12, 2006
  • Cineville Inc.


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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Reviews

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Brandon Judell
Bay Area Reporter

It's funny," Ireland notes. "The intellectual critics always like to give me a smack about being too weepy. But then the audiences that go see it seem to embrace it, which has been great.

Full Review Source: Bay Area Reporter

January 3, 2011
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

This underwhelming "prestige" production offers a few pleasures, but doesn't stay in the memory very long.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT is a rare treat, indeed, and a crowning achievement for Dame Joan Plowright.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 11, 2007
Don Willmott

Pour yourself a cup of Earl Grey and enjoy.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 28, 2006
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Despite the measured pace and the predictable bitter sweet mood, the film is only occasionally enchanting

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 10, 2006
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Never less than enjoyable. All credit must go to Plowright and Friend, who give completely charming performances.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 22, 2006
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

One of the season's most humane and heartening films.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 1, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

You'd half expect the movie to throw caution to the wind and become "Grandmas Gone Wild," but the film is too prim to offer any surprises.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2006
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

... an amiable, sweetly sentimental tale ...

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 7/10

August 13, 2006
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle

Unfortunately, the result is high melodrama, at once patronizing and predictable.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 24, 2006
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

...the film allows 76-year-old Plowright, for years a wonderful character actress in a wide variety of projects, something to call her own.

Full Review

June 12, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It's an altogether satisfying drama -- the sort of movie some people complain they don't make anymore.

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

June 2, 2006
Diana Saenger

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont is not a loud, fast-paced, over the top film, but one to be viewed with patience, anticipation and an open heart.

Full Review Source: ReviewExpress.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 29, 2006
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

It's all sweet and well acted (and well enough directed by Dan Ireland), but it's also yawn-provoking and maddening that the script is so far below the acting ability of the assembled talent.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

May 20, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Like the woman herself, Mrs. Palfry gets to you.

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

May 19, 2006
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Ireland ... has in Friend and Plowright the exactly right actors to give friendship a glow of platonic soul romance.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 19, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A small portrait of friendship and intergenerational connection, painted in delicate strokes and warm tones.

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

May 19, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Plowright, who has made something of a specialty of breathing life into stereotypically written older women for the past 20 years, makes the most of a rare opportunity to play someone still open to the surprises the world can bring.

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

May 19, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Just as teenagers enjoy escapist movies, so do the elderly. They simply prefer a gentler pace. What is touching about Mrs. Palfrey is that she is allowed to be elderly, and not turned into a hip-hop granny.

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

May 5, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Ireland, who made the brilliant, equally unfashionable The Whole Wide World, respects the kindness and concern his characters show each other.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 4, 2006
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