Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Reviews

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Brandon Judell
Bay Area Reporter
January 3, 2011
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.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
This underwhelming "prestige" production offers a few pleasures, but doesn't stay in the memory very long.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT is a rare treat, indeed, and a crowning achievement for Dame Joan Plowright.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
December 28, 2006
Pour yourself a cup of Earl Grey and enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 10, 2006
Despite the measured pace and the predictable bitter sweet mood, the film is only occasionally enchanting
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 22, 2006
Never less than enjoyable. All credit must go to Plowright and Friend, who give completely charming performances.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 1, 2006
One of the season's most humane and heartening films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 24, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 13, 2006
... an amiable, sweetly sentimental tale ...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle
June 24, 2006
Unfortunately, the result is high melodrama, at once patronizing and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
June 12, 2006
...the film allows 76-year-old Plowright, for years a wonderful character actress in a wide variety of projects, something to call her own.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 2, 2006
It's an altogether satisfying drama -- the sort of movie some people complain they don't make anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Diana Saenger
ReviewExpress.com
May 29, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 20, 2006
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.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
May 19, 2006
Like the woman herself, Mrs. Palfry gets to you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 19, 2006
Ireland ... has in Friend and Plowright the exactly right actors to give friendship a glow of platonic soul romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 19, 2006
A small portrait of friendship and intergenerational connection, painted in delicate strokes and warm tones.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 19, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 5, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 4, 2006
Ireland, who made the brilliant, equally unfashionable The Whole Wide World, respects the kindness and concern his characters show each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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