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
Rating:
R (for brief sexuality)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Bill Murray
as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Samuel West
as Bertie
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
Blake Ritson
as Butler
James McNeill
as Photographer
Amersham Band
as Brass Band
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Critic Reviews for Hyde Park on Hudson

All Critics (166) | 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.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
The Atlantic
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 29, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 20, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 18, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Essentially, Hyde Park on Hudson is a Shakespearean revel.

Full Review… | December 13, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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

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