User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
Watch On

Review this movie

  1. Your Score
    0 out of 10
    Rate this:
    • 10
    • 9
    • 8
    • 7
    • 6
    • 5
    • 4
    • 3
    • 2
    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
  1. Submit
  2. Check Spelling
  1. LarryL.
    Jul 30, 2005
    9
    Strong performances throughout. A little trouble with dialog at times, but on the whole an extremely well-crafted motion picture.
  2. cherylc.
    Dec 10, 2005
    8
    Where to begin... The acting by two all-time greats; the remote haven, out of time, between the great wars, full of characters Dickens might have concocted; the music; the yearning. No, they don't make pictures like this anymore. Actually, they never did. But it's possible to imagine that people lived lives like these, and those are so far removed from today they are priceless. Where to begin... The acting by two all-time greats; the remote haven, out of time, between the great wars, full of characters Dickens might have concocted; the music; the yearning. No, they don't make pictures like this anymore. Actually, they never did. But it's possible to imagine that people lived lives like these, and those are so far removed from today they are priceless. Simply lovely. Expand
  3. MichaelP.
    Dec 4, 2006
    5
    I'd have to agree with most of the positive reviews...with one exception. There was a hole in the plot larger than the colossal multiplex screen on which I saw this film. Namely, the teenage boy seems to come from nowhere, apparently with zero background, family, or any other history. Furthermore, neither of the sisters is remotely interested in where he comes from or where he was I'd have to agree with most of the positive reviews...with one exception. There was a hole in the plot larger than the colossal multiplex screen on which I saw this film. Namely, the teenage boy seems to come from nowhere, apparently with zero background, family, or any other history. Furthermore, neither of the sisters is remotely interested in where he comes from or where he was going or are concerned that his family might be sick with worry about his whereabouts and safety--apparently, just learning that he is Polish satisfies them in all such matters (oddly). There is no concern about the wrecked ship that he supposedly came from, no concern about the fate of the other passengers--nothing. In short, these characters do not behave in a realistic way. It bugged me for the first half of the film, and I heard other people in the audience complaining about it when I left the theater. I'm all for artsy films that explore elements of human nature that are rarely touched upon (like an older woman falling madly in love with a boy young enough to be her grandson--very well done here), but I believe that it's still possible to stick to the basics of good storytelling when making this kind of film. Without the fatal flaw--which, sadly, would have been easy to fix in the script--I would have given the film a high score. Expand
  4. ArthurF.
    May 14, 2005
    7
    Judy and Maggie are wonderful -- makes it more than worthwhile just to see them. And the story is beautifully told.
  5. SaleriaJ.
    Feb 2, 2007
    8
    A lovely, charming film with exceptional acting. It's meant to be a fairy tale and not analyzed to death. Just a wonderful, heartwarming confection. Dame Judi, once again, proves she's one of the greatest living actors of our day.
  6. Nov 1, 2012
    9
    Great performances of both the two "Grandes Dames" of acting, Maggie Smith and Dame Judi Dench, and German newcomer Daniel Brühl and Star-Trek-star David Warner. A musical drama film with great emotions and music, some lacks in story but outstanding performances of the actors.
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: James Wegg
    70
    Charles Dance's d├ębut feature is an impressive achievement.
  2. It is to Dance's considerable credit that he never lets the filmmaking overtake the understated storytelling.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    80
    Full of delightful moments that throw into high relief the actors' craft.