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Mrs. Henderson Presents Reviews

May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 24, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 3, 2006
Though nudity will keep this from being a family film, for those who love the family of the theater, this postcard from its past is worth framing in your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 3, 2006
If you're attracted to movies whose charms involve recollecting simpler times, Mrs. Henderson will do nicely.
Read More | Original Score: B-
February 3, 2006
The greatest pleasure of Mrs. Henderson Presents is watching two of the grandest British lions taking their talents for a long walk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 2, 2006
A lively period piece elevated by a winning pair of leads.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 20, 2006
The role of Mrs. Henderson may not have been written with Judi Dench in mind, but it's hard to imagine who else might slip into the part so effectively.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2006
The redoubtable Mrs. Henderson is the sort of character that Dench was born to play: funny, eccentric, cranky and with a spine of all-too-visible steel.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2006
It's a variety show of a film with something for everyone if nothing of great consequence.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 13, 2006
Perfectly enjoyable entertainment for anyone who can abide showbiz sentimentality.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2006
Frears gives us a sweet, old-fashioned study of time and place and one unsinkable woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2006
Humor and warmth abound.
January 12, 2006
Me, I prefer my candy bittersweet. But purring Dench and sparring Hoskins are agreeable company.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 12, 2006
It's an amusing and well-meaning celebration of the stiff-upper-lips that got Britain through the Blitz. And the lead acting couldn't be more nimble.
Read More | Original Score: B
January 12, 2006
A dear film, sentimental and fond, full of beautifully acted British resolve.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 12, 2006
Dench's Oscar-worthy performance is a delight. She turns Mrs. Henderson into a cross between the stereotypical little old lady and a hurricane. As Guest's character discovers, you've got to love her even as she's steamrolling you.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 12, 2006
Mrs. Henderson Presents is not great cinema, and neither was the Windmill great theater, but they both put on a good show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 31, 2005
Wickedly funny.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 27, 2005
Although technically not a musical, Mrs. Henderson Presents is filled with musical numbers, some of them quite accomplished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 27, 2005
... the picture is as tastefully pretty as its girls, and just as motionless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 21, 2005
A sloppy vaudeville turn by those glorious troupers Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins in what amounts to a silly orgy of nostalgic patriotism and the titillating naughtiness of stationary nudity.
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December 16, 2005
Dench and Hoskins bicker with an affectionate ferocity that helps defuse the story's inherent sentimentality, and the result is an admittedly minor, but authentic, holiday treat.
December 12, 2005
The comedic scenes in Mrs. Henderson Presents are light but effective, but the drama is way over the top, especially when Mrs. Henderson almost literally gets on a soapbox and delivers a speech about the importance of topless women in times of war.
December 9, 2005
Mrs. Henderson Presents is pretty but static. There's flesh from wall to wall, all right. But the movie never comes alive.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 9, 2005
Mrs. Henderson Presents is a classy crowd-pleaser with two stars who can pretty much count on Oscar nominations.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 9, 2005
Just as there will always be an England, there will always be a certain kind of English film: the highly polished entertainment, well-acted, genteelly amusing and impeccably turned out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 9, 2005
The splintered, bantering relationship between Mrs. Henderson and Van Damm (and the chemistry between Dench and Hoskins) is what gives the movie its slender charms.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 9, 2005
Stephen Frears seems constitutionally incapable of making an uninteresting movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 8, 2005
By the end of the picture, you're left marveling at how [Director] Frears has kept the whole thing so crisp and so fun.
December 8, 2005
There isn't much going on in Mrs. Henderson Presents beyond the odd-couple routine, some gaudy musical numbers and artful nudity.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 8, 2005
The film is supremely well crafted: Raucousness and wit slide into sadness, and yet you never feel as if you're being worked over by a bunch of slicksters.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 8, 2005
All is joyful vulgarity until World War II churlishly bursts in, generating oodles of Dunkirk spirit and swelling Martin Sherman's awful script into such orgies of cliché, you want to bottle it.
December 7, 2005
There is no drama, unless you count the wallflower romance of Hoskins and Dench, doing the Britcom shtick that's becomes her version of autopilot.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 6, 2005
It comes highly recommended and is right at home in the company of other end-of-the-year 'prestige' pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2005
This is Dame Judi's show. However extraordinary an actor she may be, she cannot conceal the obvious fact that she's having the time of her life here. Isn't that delicious?
November 23, 2005
The always-reliable Stephen Frears, a master of symmetry and narrative coherence, has come up with another jewel.
September 13, 2005
[The film is] buoyed along by the redoubtable Judi Dench, giving an acerbic reading of a formidable woman. But the failure to create tangible conflicts or satisfyingly developed characters around her is problematic.
September 12, 2005
An absolute delight from start to finish.
September 9, 2005
Mrs. Henderson presents a pretty lacklustre songbook; the production numbers are more costume-party fun than musically enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4