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  • Summary: In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor host the King and Queen of England for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York – the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. Seen through the eyes of Daisy, Franklin’s neighbor and intimate, the weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy – and through her, for us all – a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship. (Focus Features) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Dec 4, 2012
    In beauty, tone, technical achievement and cinematic artistry on every level, Hyde Park on Hudson is a movie unto itself - funny, believable, historic and hugely entertaining.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Dec 7, 2012
    Half as long and twice as much fun as the self-important "Lincoln," Roger Michell's charming sex-and-politics comedy Hyde Park on Hudson is basically a frothy tabloid take on presidential history. And for my money, that's a good thing in a season filled with puffed-up prestige pictures.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 7, 2012
    It's never altogether clear why this visually blah and dramatically bland movie needed to be made at all (or why it wasn't made for television instead). The only answer I can come up with is that Murray wanted to show off with a cigarette-holder.
  4. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Dec 4, 2012
    A competent period costume drama, this intimate character study is light as air - and probably more suited to Masterpiece Theatre than as a major theatrical release.
  5. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 13, 2012
    The only way Bill Murray could seem less like Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson is if the movie showed him winning a marathon.
  6. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Dec 6, 2012
    Largely harmless and tame, but also shallow and uninvolving.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Sep 13, 2012
    Roger Michell's movie is, pretty consistently, dreadful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jan 25, 2013
    It is slow only for the briefest moments and the humor has a delightfully sunny quality to it, as does Murray's performance. Bill Murray is the best he's ever been and Laura Linney is at the top of her game. This is a sleeper at the Oscars this year and if competition wasn't so thick with great performances in the acting categories they both would be worthy for a nomination. It also is a good companion piece for those who enjoyed The King's Speech. Expand
  2. Jan 7, 2013
    The title refers to Franklin Roosevelt's personal home, where he sought solitude and escape from his Presidential duties. It's here that the first English king ever to step foot in the US comes to visit and ask for support against Hitler. This makes for entertaining social/political moments, thanks largely to the delightful performances by Samuel West and Olivia Colman as the monarchs. However, the story is told through the eyes of one of the President's "companions" (Laura Linney), so it takes on a decidedly emotional essence. Bill Murray does a fine job as Roosevelt and the other performances are uniformly engaging. The setting, art direction and cinematography are attractive, but this the surprise/dissappointment is that the majority of the focus is on the woman's personal journey. This softens the whole thing and make is more of a prestige chick flick. Expand
  3. Dec 15, 2012
    By far the most underwhelming movie I've seen this year. I feel like one major problem of this movie is that it can't decide whether it wants to be a dramatic historically accurate biopic along the lines of Lincoln or some kind of history-based comedy, and as a result it falls short in both departments. This is mostly thanks to the fact that there are so many elements of FDR's life being crammed in that it all feels underdeveloped & underexplained to someone much as myself who doesn't know very much about him or the events surrounding him during the course of the movie, and at times it felt very disjointed & uncohesive. I kinda understood what was going on but not enough to really become invested in the situation. Also, as I said, this movie is very underwhelming in nearly all areas, especially in the first half when there is absolutely no good humor or emotional weight, or anything patiularly interesting happening really. Doesn't help that a lot of the "development" was provided by a very forced & unnecessary continuous voiceover, by one of the characters, that did nothing but spew exposition so the actual story didn't have to. If there's anything positive to say here it's that it picks up a bit in the second half, even though by that point it's too little too late. There were a couple hilarious moments then, one when the king was asked before the picnic if he would have a hot dog & another when he actually does eat the hot-dog, which is full of hilariously awkward suspense & will remain one of my absolute favorite movie scenes of 2012. Still, one brilliant scene & well-done acting all around can't save Hyde Park on Hudson from mediocrity, and it gets a 55/100 from me. Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A couple of scenes in Hyde Park on Hudson are spectacular - one of which is the first night that the King of England meets privately and informally with Roosevelt in his study over drinks and smokes. Historically interesting and very emotional, I would have loved to have seen this as the basis for the movie. Instead, we get another story of a US president who wants a tug-job and more from 4 or 5 of his female aids, advisers, and distant cousins. As soon as that Animal House moment hits: "Is it supposed to be this soft?" my anticipation and excitement for the movie took a nosedive. And when Daisy (Linney) realizes that she's not FDR's only mistress and the levers of power kick into gear to convince her to stick around despite her anger, the remainder of the movie becomes trivial. I would have loved to see time devoted to FDR's decision to help the British. Instead, we learn how Daisy's diaries were found, which led to this not-so-exciting story. So yes, Murray and Linney are terrific. But I would have preferred to have seen them in a more substantial film. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2014
    "Hyde Park on Hudson" 10 Scale Rating: 4.0 (Bad) ...

    The Good: Bill Murray was amazing as FDR. The execution was lacking, but the subject
    matter was interesting.

    The Bad: Slow and boring, the film puts you to sleep with it's pacing. Most of the time you find yourself waiting until Murray re-appears on screen as no one else is even remotely interesting. The film takes some liberties with history, which I am usually fine with to an extent, but some were glaring and difficult to ignore.
  6. Jan 9, 2013
    Of the heels of the exceptional 'Lincoln' comes the lackluster 'Hyde Park on Hudson'. Its a movie about the affair between President Roosevelt and his distant cousin; and it' also accounts the weekend visit of the King and Queen of the UK in 1939. I was hardly impressed with this this dull, ditsy biopics, that does nothing to advance this president or the events that took place. It's not that the subject was bad, it's the way the story was written and directed that made it lame. Bombarded with lazy narrations, irked by the distasteful presentation of the facts and repulsed by its baity approach, I could barely find it in me to write this review. Though there was high production value and efforts made by Bill Murray to charm; the film was simply an un-insightful dud, that's sure to be forgotten in a matter of minutes. Collapse

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