Hyde Park on Hudson

2012

Hyde Park on Hudson

Critics 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.

37%

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Total Count: 173

31%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 10,632
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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 (173) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (64) | Rotten (109)

  • [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…
  • It's a bit antimacassar and too reliant on superior production design and a syrupy score. But if you just watch the acting, it's enough.

    Feb 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie insists on an unearned sentimentality and nostalgia about a situation and a period that is never fully evoked or explored.

    Jan 31, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A frustrating, wasted opportunity, destined to remain in the shadow of its cinematic sibling.

    Jan 31, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Hyde Park on Hudson

  • Dec 07, 2014
    In "Hyde Park on Hudson," Daisy(Laura Linney) spends most of her days caring for her invalid aunt(Eleanor Bron). That holds true until she is summoned by her cousin Franklin(Bill Murray). To her, it does not matter that he is the president of the United States, just that he makes her laugh. And she makes a good companion for him, especially in giving him hand jobs. That holds true until a planned visit by the king(Samuel West) and queen(Olivia Colman) of England. Have you ever heard of a movie getting trampled by bad reviews and then wondered how it could ever be that bad when it apparently has everything going for it? And then watched it only to find out that yes it is that bad? Well, for me, that movie is "Hyde Park on Hudson" which contains lots of lovely period detail and technically fine performances but outside of Olivia Williams as Eleanor Roosevelt, all of this is as lively as the average wax museum.(When are we getting that Eleanor Roosevelt biopic anyway?) Plus, there is the repetitive and unnecessary narration and a point of view that is superfluous at best which admittedly does point out that British American relations were a little rough in the years before PBS.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2013
    Billy Murray and Laura Linney shine here. They should have gotten Oscar nominations for the film. They have a great on screen chemistry. Murray is great as F.D.R. The film felt like a stage play. It also felt like it was a part of the movie The King's Speech. It reminded me too much of the movie, My Week With Marilyn. In fact, it copied the exact same style of that film. That was a big mistake in my opinion. The performance are great here. I kind of wish Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter would have returned as Bertie and The Queen. Olivia Williams was very good. I recommend it for Murray's and Linney's performances.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2013
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2013
    Many people didn't like this one... I probably understand why. Writer Richard Nelson and director Roger Michell focused on a single weekend that ultimately may have ended up charting the course of modern history - many good story possibilities here, but not all of them were seen to fruition. The visit of King George V and Queen Elizabeth (the "Queen Mum") to Franklin D. Roosevelt's mother's house in Hyde Park On Hudson, in upstate New York, on the eve of the Second World War, was a significant event, but the movie is just well made piece of historical speculation mostly grounded in personal recollections that have continually been coming to light over the last seventy years. With eccentric and intriguing characters including Eleanor Roosevelt (Olivia Williams), King Bertie and Queen Liz (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) and, if course, Franklin D. Roosevelt himself (Bill Murray) the movie could not fail, but sometimes telling of the story through the eyes of Franklin D. Roosevelt's fifth cousin Daisy (Laura Linney) could be done much better. We have here a long and friendly affair told using the least interesting technique, missing the effects of the momentous circumstances going on in the slightly chaotic household. Bill Murray is my favourite here - charming, clever, at ease and, ultimately, cunning! Elizabeth Marvel matched him well most of the time as his aide Missy. If you like films which are breezy and you are curious about a very unique part of the President Franklin D. Roosevelt's life, there is a chance you will find this movie totally enjoyable - even lovable.
    Panta O Super Reviewer

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