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  • Summary: This film centers around an elegant elderly lady (Mrs Palfrey) who, after being recently widowed, moves from Scotland to London to be near to her 26 year old grandson, Desmond. When Desmond fails to return any of her several phone calls, or visit her at the resident hotel she is staying (The Claremont), fate brings her together with a young writer, Ludovic Meyer, after she has an accident outside his basement flat. (Cineville) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's an altogether satisfying drama -- the sort of movie some people complain they don't make anymore. So here it is; what's your excuse?
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Directed with charming restraint by the acclaimed American producer Dan Ireland, the film is a quiet triumph for Dame Joan.
  3. The details are what matters, and thanks to a cast of all-star British elders and a mischievous sense of humor, the filmmakers bring those details to vivid life.
  4. It's all expectable, it's all enjoyable: British theatrical professionalism at the highest pitch.
  5. 70
    This earnest, well-observed weepy has more depth than its genteel trappings might imply.
  6. The unabashedly sentimental film is a juicy morsel for the great British actress Dame Joan Plowright, who endows Mrs. Palfrey with stoic charm and decency.
  7. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    While the compelling Plowright competently flexes her well-trained muscle, the film's melodrama too readily evokes a Lifetime Original Movie rather than subtle sentiment.

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
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  1. eval.
    Dec 11, 2005
    Indeed it is a shame that more movies like this do not exist. Ms. Plowright's character reminded me of so many grandmothers I've met - dignified, despite the indignities visited upon them by their families. Ms. Plowright's voice was as sensitive as a musical instrument, and she played it like a master. Rupert Friend was a delight as well - how many of us have wished for olden times that may never have existed, and how lucky would we all be to have the opportunity to learn from the riches of old age. When we left the theater, people were on their cell phones calling home: "Hello Mom ...?" It's about time we woke up and realized the family love that awaits us if we would just notice. Expand
  2. leonardP.
    Nov 25, 2005
    A joy to watch.they don't make films like this anymore. how sad.
  3. BarbaraB.
    Sep 30, 2007
    Superb acting and lovely story. It just warms your heart.
  4. DavidR.
    Dec 16, 2005
    Wonderful film.
  5. JJ
    Jul 21, 2007
    Poignant story of the beauty of human connections. Joan Plowright, as always, gave a superb performance.
  6. ScoutW.
    Sep 12, 2007
    I have always admired Joan Plowright, but this film sealed it -- she is truly amazing. Her performance brought tears to my eyes and an ache to my chest. Rupert Friend was also superb as her kind, senstiive and creative young friend. What a movie--best I've seen in a long while. Expand
  7. RickyG.
    Jan 5, 2006
    Quality film, unfolds slowly, solid acting, even in the smallest roles, very moving. Maybe a tiny bit too long, but well worth viewing.

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