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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 25, 2006
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Writer-director Phyllis Nagy's made-for-HBO biopic chronicles the tragic relationship between divorced school headmistress Jean Harris and "Scarsdale Diet" creator Dr. Herman "Hy" Tarnower, which ended with the latter's murder in 1980.
  • Genre(s): Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 100
    Scene by scene, "Mrs. Harris" overcomes the rote nature of true crime stories.
  2. Their dance of love and rejection, of giddiness and bitterness, is a warped waltz, and Kingsley and Bening clearly relish every step.
  3. 80
    This kind of brittlely accurate performance is something to watch in the hands of an actress like Bening, who seems incapable --even during the film’s most blackly humorous moments -- of a false, Fatal Attraction–like note.
  4. The constant toing-and-froing of “Mrs. Harris” might have gotten tiresome, as an earlier HBO effort at revisionist biography, “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” did. Bening, though, is somehow able to conjure up a completely new mood for each time and setting.
  5. Addicting, like watching a really grimy train wreck, this sorry, sordid tale of Harris' obsessive love and descent into prescription pill addiction is icy, ironic and typically HBO in the frankness of its sex talk.
  6. 63
    Since I myself am a sucker for a true-crime cheesefest, I was loving this movie until I was rudely reminded by my friend Denise that, "This is neither good sleaze nor serious true crime! It's half a satire, and half a true crime movie!"

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10