Hyde Park on Hudson

2012

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Though bolstered by a thoroughly charming performance by Bill Murray in the central role, Hyde Park on Hudson is an FDR biopic that lets down both its audience and its subject.

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In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York - the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR's domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. -- (C) Focus

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Cast

Bill Murray
as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Elizabeth Wilson
as Mrs. Roosevelt
Olivia Colman
as The Queen
Eleanor Bron
as Daisy's Wife
Nancy Baldwin
as Mrs. Astor
Tim Beckmann
as President's Aide
Guy Paul
as President's Aide
Eben Young
as President's Aide
Samantha Dakin
as Mary the Maid
Morgan Deare
as Plumber
Tim Ahern
as Hungry Driver
Tommy Campbell
as Hungry Driver
Jeff Mash
as Hungry Driver
Kevin Millington
as Hungry Driver
Nell Mooney
as Superstitious Maid
Jonathan Brewer
as Ish-ti-opi
Kumiko Konishi
as Princess Te Ata
James McNeill
as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Hyde Park on Hudson

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (42)

[It] may have the look of a prestige picture, but it plays more like a version of FDR's life as told by TMZ, focusing on naughty details and ignoring the historical implications of the events depicted.

Apr 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Somewhat uneven and ultimately underwhelming, but there's plenty to admire and enjoy here nonetheless.

Jan 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A languid, tedious effort that never bothers to get to the heart of its characters, the film is a shallow reading of a significant time told mostly from the viewpoint of a lifeless character.

Jan 4, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It's never a bad movie, but it can't quite gel into a good one either.

Dec 21, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

Hyde Park on the Hudson' is a forgettable historical footnote.

Dec 18, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Essentially, Hyde Park on Hudson is a Shakespearean revel.

Dec 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hyde Park on Hudson

½

The kind of outdated love story that shouldn't have space in modern times, and it has the wrong lead character, since her relationship with FDR is the weakest element of the plot and her intrusive narration is always useless and expository.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"Hyde Park on Hudson" is to WWII dramas as "Moscow on the Hudson" is to geopolitical thrillers...but without the charm or the Russians. Although there is a stronger performance by Murray than usual and a decent performance by Linney, the plot is slow and meandering, offering no real insight into FDR, Eleanor or any of the other players. A real disappointment, although "stars" are awarded for production value.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

There was no story. The character of Daisy, played by Laura Linney, was so lame--and she was the narrator--I had no idea who she was or what she wanted. FDR was played wonderfully by Bill Murray, but again--what did he want out of her? Just sex? He was getting that with 3 other women and he was married. I loved the British invasion and would have liked to see that perhaps played out more--was that supposed to be the story? I think that the producers found Daisy's letters and diaries and thought, "oh, a scandal!", but it wasn't a scandal. It wasn't even interesting.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

½

Though there seemed to be a lot to invest your attention in with this film, there is very little that will hold it. Set right before wartime in WWII, this film is set at the Roosevelt family home in upstate New York. The president, FDR, is staying there and running the country with the help of his advisors, mother, and wife, when she shows up. The visit from King George and his wife was an interesting story, especially because each seems to think the other is trying to claim superiority over the other. FDR is portrayed as an easy going, interesting, whimsical man, who likes to tell stories and is somewhat ashamed of his wheelchair. Bill Murray has a wide scope as an actor, and oftentimes he picks serious roles where he is at the bottom of the barrel and he needs to find some way to climb out. As FDR there is very little conflict, or unease about him, which is an unwelcome change of pace. There aren't any obstacles for him to overcome as president, and what little there is, is a simple fight with his fifth cousin, who narrates the film. Laura Linney plays her, as one of FDR's mistresses, confidant, and friend. The way she is portrayed in the film most lands on trusted advisor, and their relationship seems only alluded to, and only for a brief moment at the beginning. The main problem is that there's no tension or drama to this film. The screenwriter was one of the people who first found the real letters between FDR and Daisy (Linney) and wrote a script shortly after. This wasn't a scandal and it wasn't all that interesting, what with all his other mistresses, and the fact that the royals are ignored throughout. Mainly, the things that should have been explored in depth were not, and tension was incorrectly mounted in all other cases just to give this film a reason for being made. Murray may be engaging as the president, but even that doesn't make it watch worthy.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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