1942, Drama, 2h 14m42 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings
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An excessively sentimental piece of propaganda, Mrs. Miniver nonetheless succeeds, due largely to Greer Garson's powerful performance. Read critic reviews
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Foley, Storekeeper and Air-raid Warden
Mr. Ballard, Station-master and Bell-ringer
Critic Reviews for Mrs. Miniver
It is simple and plain, sometimes deeply sentimental, sometimes oddly moving, and it will have a wide and prolonged appeal.
Its power is through suggestion. Its drama is conveyed with that fascination which Is inherent in a narrative told through induction, rather than obviously.
Never has there been a picture which pulses so strongly and so vibrantly of real, authentic life.
Mrs. Miniver is high-grade entertainment with a great appeal to national pride. But to claim-perhaps because of its subject matter-that it is the finest film in twenty-five years is but to perpetuate Hollywood's hyperbole and ignore past masterpieces.January 22, 2020 | Full Review…
Under Sidney Franklin's watchful supervision and William Wyler's masterly direction the story has become the most stirring, heart-clutching picture of our times.February 17, 2015 | Full Review…
Mrs Miniver as a whole certainly is very silly sometimes... and yet, and yet. Sometimes through its sheer unselfconscious earnestness, it packs a punch.January 14, 2014 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Mrs. Miniver
Jan 09, 2014This Greer Garson's pinnacle and Walter Pidgeon is just along for the ride. I always find it interesting that the actor who plays her son here ended up becoming her husband in real life. It is certain propaganda for the war effort but nonetheless a good film.John B Super Reviewer
Nov 30, 2013A middle-class family endures World War II. Essentially propaganda, Mrs. Miniver exalts the bravery of common people in extraordinary circumstances. Of course, "common" in this uniquely British sense involves a life of luxury, and while the class issues of British society are treated tangentially, the most pressing aspect of the film is how the characters rise to their circumstances. Mrs. Miniver's courage when confronted by a marooned German soldier, Mr. Miniver's excursion on a fishing boat, and their son's flying missions are all examples of common bravery. Most of these scenes are subtle and individually compelling, but the film amounts to a simple extolling of the everyday, and as a result it becomes locked in its political message. One scene that bothered me from a feminist perspective involves Mr. Miniver smacking his wife on the bottom after he finds out she is responsible for the marooned German's capture. The patriarchal necessity that the man be the locus of courage was yet another reminder that this film is confined to its era. Overall, while there is some good acting, war propaganda can only go so far.Jim H Super Reviewer
Aug 12, 2013It takes a great deal of time for 'Mrs. Miniver' to get interesting, but when its emotional core starts to heat up, it's hard not to become invested in the characters. Yes, it is incredibly, almost annoyingly sentimental, but that sentimentality becomes bearable as the film progressed and kind of lends itself to the power of the final 45 minutes. Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon and (especially) Henry Travers are just wonderful in their performances.Stephen E Super Reviewer
May 14, 2012Its well acted but it is pretty shameless propaganda. Viewed in hindsight, I don't think it has much to offer outside of a exploration into how Hollywood helped sell the war effort in the 1940s.Alec B Super Reviewer