Mrs. Winterbourne


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 8 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    It's all a little too coincidental for comfort, and surprisingly short on laughs for a comedy, but nonetheless this is a light, well-meaning flick, improved considerably by Lake's scatty heroine.
  2. 50
    This film mistakes action for energy, ridiculous circumstances for comedy, and a mismatched male/female pairing for romance.
  3. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Happily, MacLaine (who can pull off these lovable eccentric dowagers while she's sleeping) and Fraser, showcasing a previously untapped flair for romantic comedy, keep Lake on her toes. [19 Apr 1996, p.1D]
  4. The comedy is appealing as Hollywood's umpteenth variation on the Cinderella story, but think about its patrician views of upper-class privilege and you might find it too simplistic for comfort.
  5. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The script is a little too clunky to serve Ricki Lake well, and Richard Benjamin's direction is a bit too sluggish to disguise her limited range as he crams this romantic fairy tale a little too forcefully into its predetermined mold. [19 Apr 1996, p.53]
  6. Village Voice
    Reviewed by: Marsha McCreadie
    Lake was fab in John Waters's films, especially Hairspray, but Fraser is more adroit in this screwball mode. Lake by now may be too brash and over-the-top for the big screen: too much her own persona. [23 Apr 1996]
  7. 40
    Ricki Lake makes an appealing, though unlikely, fairy tale heroine in the derivative romance Mrs. Winterbourne: If only this stale trifle didn't call for the bewitching or pixilating, for the abracadabra of a Bullock or a Pfeiffer. For a Cinderella story, it's sorely without magic.
  8. But the film, written by Phoef Sutton and Lisa-Maria Radano and directed by Richard Benjamin in a style cute enough to peel paint off the walls, can't do much to generate romantic sparks between its two young leads.
  9. 40
    In this case of mistaken identity, Ricki Lake's career takes a dubious step from trashy TV talk show to B movie.
  10. 40
    As calculated as the cries of 'Go Ricki!' on its star's talkshow, Mrs Winterbourne is a sappy, old-fashioned and predictable vehicle for actress-turned-talk maven-turned-actress-again Ricki Lake that delivers requisite warmth but few laughs. Lake's ebullient charm and solid performances by Shirley MacLaine, Brendan Fraser and Miguel Sandoval provide some highlights.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 1, 2012
    Why, oh why, do I like this movie? It's a a predictable, chick flick, cinderella story... but somehow it's charming and truly likable. TheWhy, oh why, do I like this movie? It's a a predictable, chick flick, cinderella story... but somehow it's charming and truly likable. The casting might have something to do with it. Shirley Maclaine is always awesome. Full Review »