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October 1, 2016
A good tribute to the president.
October 10, 2015
This movie, well-received at its release, is now virtually unwatchable. Garson's impersonation of Eleanor is, at best, an amusing SNL sketch; it's embarrassing as acting. Bellamy is better, but the stagey direction undermines any possibility of genuine empathy for any of these people. The gold standard for FDR & Eleanor is the Jane Alexander/Edward Hermann TV series.
December 20, 2014
This tells a story of a forgotten time before FDR was president. This was the best performance Bellamy ever gave. Greer Garson is good too.
Super Reviewer
April 22, 2014
Bill Murray's recent depiction of Roosevelt continues the middling attempts at capturing his life that was first tried in this film. Like Roosevelt himself, we are trapped in Campobello which seems like a good place to vacation but not to base a film around.
½ January 12, 2012
well done technicolor bio-pic
½ August 17, 2011
Ralph Bellamy plays The Penguin from Batman and Greer Garson serves as the inspiration for Nanny McPhee in Sunrise at Campobello. The problem is that they are supposed to be playing FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt! Sunrise at CAMPobello follows FDR and family in this made-for-TVesque drama based on a play. Director Donehue unfortunately does not realize that plays need to be toned down when converted to a film, so there is excessive emotion, sound and facial expression on display that exceeds ridiculous. Apparently when confronted with his serious illness, FDR always had a positive witticism to say in return. Hume Cronyn moves from over-the-top to ludicrous as FDR's best friend always popping into the room akin to a sitcom. A pure cheesy family film all supporting the every knowing dad as patriarch. At nearly 2 1/2 hours (far too long) this is very hard to take. Garson earned a nomination for this! Ridiculous...
August 15, 2011
Who else was considered for the role of FDR in Sunrise at Campobello besides
Ralph Bellamy?
August 14, 2011
Sunrise at Campobello is an outstanding film. It is about Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 40 in 1921 and how his family copes with the illness. Ralph Bellamy and Greer Garson give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written and touching. Vincent J. Donehue did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and history.
March 12, 2011
simply horrid. if the roosevelts' truly behaved in such an affected manner i'm amazed he would have become dog catcher. oh, i forgot about the money mah maw . . . Erudite trash
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Super Reviewer
½ September 12, 2010
Good old fashioned biography of FDR's struggle against polio and his journey back to the political arena. Good supporting performances and a handsome production add luster to this but the real strength of it is in the performances of Greer Garson as Eleanor and especially Ralph Bellamy in the best role he ever had as FDR. Wonderful ending.
June 17, 2010
good biographical historical pic.
½ December 21, 2009
Very long but an exceptional biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. The lead performances are truly great, especially Greer Garson as Eleanor. One drawback, it is very stagy. It may have been based on a play, but this is a movie, not a play.
Super Reviewer
July 24, 2008
nominated for best picture by NBR and at the golden globes
½ April 20, 2005
Very long but an exceptional biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. The lead performances are truly great, especially Greer Garson as Eleanor. One drawback, it is very stagy. It may have been based on a play, but this is a movie, not a play.
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