83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
While each Yorkshire playmate-of-the-month warmly assesses her own undewy flesh, the movie gives off a happy vibe of appreciation -- for the dignity of the real Rylstone lot, the actresses who play them so lovingly, and the simple, flower-bed borders of the story.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The story hooks us because stars Helen Mirren and Julie Walters look as fetching in woolens and Wellingtons as they do in the altogether. But it reels us in because it is about people who for so long have paid lip service to making a difference that they are profoundly altered when they actually do.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
This is good clean fun, with or without the soap, and one of the most spirited entries of the season.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
It creates a strong sense of a living, breathing community, and you root for its affectionately drawn characters as they experience the giddiness of triumph without forgetting the project's bittersweet inspiration.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's the kind of sweet, good-humored comedy that used to star Margaret Rutherford, although Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, its daring top-liners, would have curled Dame Margaret's eyebrows.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Charming movie,
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

It's a real-life story adapted into a grown-up comedy that is warm, winning and sexy. Call it "The Full Auntie."
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
More like that crowd-pleasing UK fluff that requires great actresses to do wacky things. Mirren is such an easy, breezy presence that you might think she's playing the screenwriting equivalent of air.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
What the movie can't quite get over, no matter how hard the filmmakers try, is the story's built-in limitations.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Very funny and surprisingly likable until it goes Hollywood.
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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