Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Critics Consensus

Bittersweet and endearing, this film about aging and unexpected friendship is a lovely vehicle for Joan Plowright.



Total Count: 60


Audience Score

User Ratings: 3,833
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The story centers around an elegant elderly lady who, after being recently widowed, moves from Scotland to London to be near to her 26 year old grandson, Desmond. When Desmond fails to return any of her several phone calls, or visit her at the resident hotel she is staying, fate brings her together with a young writer, Ludovic Meyer, after she has an accident outside his basement flat.


Joan Plowright
as Mrs. Palfrey
Rupert Friend
as Ludovic Meyer
Anna Massey
as Mrs. Arbuthnot
Zoe Tapper
as Gwendolyn
Robert Lang
as Mr. Osborne
Marcia Warren
as Mrs. Post
Georgina Hale
as Mrs. Burton
Millicent Martin
as Mrs. De Salis
Emma Pike
as Violet
Anna Cartaret
as Elizabeth
Anna Carteret
as Elizabeth
Michael Culkin
as Willie De Salis
Carl Proctor
as The Manager
Clare Higgins
as Mrs. Meyer
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Critic Reviews for Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

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Audience Reviews for Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

  • Jul 02, 2013
    A beautiful, quiet little film that definitely tugs at the heartstrings. Joan Plowright and Rupert Friend were marvelous as the unlikely friends who find joy and inspiration in each other's company. This viewer nearly wrote it off early on due to the overacting of the supporting cast, who populate the hotel. But once the main story got underway, this became a gem. Very moving tale as these two lonely people found joy and inspiration in sharing experiences and conversations.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2009
    I caught this minor miracle of a film on TV and was captured from the beginning. It made me change my mind about Keira Knightley's other half, Rupert Friend, made me face up to my fears about old age and death, it uplifted me, cast a pleasantly melancholy shadow over my afternoon and gave me a sense of hope in humanity for the first time since I lost it. It may change your perception of the world, or just your afternoon, either way it's more than worthwhile. I would recommend this film to anyone.
    Sarah B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2008
    This movie seemed pretty cool at first but it's kinda weird.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2008
    A sweet story of a budding friendship between an old woman and a young man.
    FanGirl B Super Reviewer

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