Metascore
71

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
    88
    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
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Jan 22, 2015
    3
    Can one performance save an entire film from mediocrity? Judi Dench does her best but even her talent and flair couldn't rescue this movieCan one performance save an entire film from mediocrity? Judi Dench does her best but even her talent and flair couldn't rescue this movie from entering my long list of films that left me utterly indifferent. Full Review »
  2. CarolR.
    Feb 19, 2007
    9
    A most enjoyable, easy to watch British film production ... a combination of emotions and wonderfully acted by Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins and 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
    9
    Splendid and very classy film! Great actors and actresses like Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins, but the greatest is absolutely Mrs. Thelma Barlow. 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 »