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November 8, 2018
I didn't like this movie because of the direction not because the dames. The ladies themselves are terrific, but much too much was made of their aging and much too little was made of their experiences as actresses during their lifetimes. What was it like being a young actress? Who helped them who hindered them? It would have been good to know more about their relationships with each other and how they've helped or hindered each other through the decades that they've been actresses. I would have liked to have a lot fewer long shots emphasizing that they have in fact gotten old.
October 26, 2018
This was cute, but should have been made ten years ago. They've been friends for decades, but time has taken its toll on their memories, especially Joan Plowright. There were probably better stories to tell, and more clever ways to tell them, but time has erased much of that possibility.
½ October 16, 2018
What could be more fun than spending 80 minutes with 4 female senior citizens who have been friends for years? How about 800 minutes or a lifetime?!?

Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith have no problem making fun of the Dame title but they are at the same time proud of it and having it presented to them by either Queen Elizabeth or Prince Phillip.

The 4 ladies have no problem 'dishing' themselves, each other, their husbands, their co-stars, sometimes their work but they are very respectful of the theatre, more so than the movies or television they have done.

The 4 women get together every year at Plowright's Sussex home, where she lived with Laurence Olivier, to hear what each has been up to and some of the past. We see snippets of film from past experiences only making us hungry for more just as we want more of their reminiscing of the various mediums they played in and talk about why some succeeded and others didn't.

Plowright, now blind, and Atkins may not be as well known as Dench and Smith but all are given equal time to talk about their looks, or lack of them, when they started, though nothing is referred regarding the #METOO so prevalent today while the casting couch was part of the norm when they entered the theatre world, let alone the world of film.

Instead of drinking water or tea and a toast of champagne at the end, it would have been a lot more fun if it had been reversed though all 4 Dames don't hold back in expressing their feelings nor letting their laughs come through whether laughing at themselves or each other.

Hopefully there is another hour or two that was filmed of "Tea With the Dames" and will be released on the DVD version but don't miss this just in case!
½ October 7, 2018
Very enjoyable. Could have watched it forever. Yet, even though I was drinking tea while watching it, they *didn't*. Maggie Smith has so many zingers, wish I had written them down.
September 30, 2018
Lovely to see these four dames reminiscing.
September 29, 2018
What of the best movies of all time!
September 14, 2018
Witty, worldly, uncommonly gifted women who've been there, done that, and lived their lives to the top -- my kind of escapist movie.
July 8, 2018
As much about the solitude of age as it is an overview of the careers of four good friends who happen to be leading actresses, Roger Michell's charming and refreshingly simple documentary suffers only from an understandable tendency towards over-indulgence. Shaving ten minutes would have revealed a perfect gem. Wonderful stories, real earthy laughs.
June 30, 2018
Priceless! Just sat and smiled through this.... Love their naturalness and obvious friendship with each other.
June 23, 2018
Fantastic. Loved every minute listening to these wonderful ladies
½ June 9, 2018
You could sit and listen to these four greats tell stories for hours. Simple, basic and all the more entertaining for it.
½ May 30, 2018
It's a simple idea executed wonderfully: you put four national treasures - real life Dames and the crème de la crème of the acting profession, in front of the camera and let them talk freely about their lives, loves and work, with the occasional prompt from director, Roger Michell and out pops a most magical and entertaining 84 mins that literally flew by. Granted, it may feel a little slight and scattershot at times and there is no big revelations here, but the chemistry is undeniable, as are the genuine camaraderie between them and the passion for their work and you can't help but feel privileged to be invited in to witness and eavesdrop on their delightful conversations. Not wishing to sound greedy, but one of the main reasons I settled on 3 1/2 stars and not higher is because I find the film too short! So, what more does one want from a documentary film with Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith simply talking and having a grand ol' time with each other? Easy. A sequel, of course.
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