Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    A dear film, sentimental and fond, full of beautifully acted British resolve.
  2. 88
    Constantly battling, Hoskins and Dench have terrific chemistry together.
  3. 88
    It offers a feel-good experience, but without the heavy dose of schmaltz that often accompanies such a production.
  4. It's funny, touching and crammed to the rafters with clever dialogue, splashy production numbers and stiff-upper-lip charm.
  5. 83
    A humorous bounty of flesh and fantasy.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. May 11, 2014
    Judi does it again but sadly the film doesn't. It may be a fun film to watch but by no means does that make it worthy of appreciation. Take out Dench and all you basically have is a sad excuse of a film. Full Review »
  2. CarolR.
    Feb 19, 2007
    A most enjoyable, easy to watch British film production ... a combination of emotions and wonderfully acted by Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins and Thelma Barlow. Full Review »
  3. LadyM.
    Feb 17, 2007
    Splendid and very classy film! Great actors and actresses like Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins, but the greatest is absolutely Mrs. Thelma Barlow. I love her accent! Full Review »