Nice little movie, Missed Opportunity

By ues5050
Written December 24, 2012
There were two very compelling stories elbowing each other for screen time, I would love to have seen either better told - the visit of the King and Queen of England on the eve of WWII and the romantic side of a great man... unfortunately both stories were not very well developed. The film was well cast and acted, especially by Bill Murray, but the script didn't give him much to work with. It would have made a fair episode of Masterpiece Theater on PBS. I would recommend it as a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours but, on the whole, was a little disappointed in missing the film it could have been or the film I hoped to see.
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By monakend
Written April 17, 2013
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By Olsen roy
Written July 28, 2013
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hyde park on the hudson

By sobster
Written September 04, 2015
i never thought my opinion would be closer to rex reed's than a.o.scott's, but with excellent acting, humor throughout ,the look of history,and mostly good camerawork -- definitely good enough.
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Check Your Morals at the Door

By Reel Reviewer
Written January 04, 2013
While I was enjoying watching this film, as it is fun, clever, and well acted, the last five minutes spoil the whole film. While I understand that people cheat, and do a many other terrible things as well, I don't appreciate the tone of, "Well, it's okay because everyone involved agreed to it," that this movie so clearly took. Aside from my moral objection to the tone of cheaters, however, I liked the movie. Bill Murray was fantastic, as well the rest of the cast, and the cinematography beautifully captured New York's agrarian side. There are two scenes in particular that stand out, one for being glorious and one for being strange. First, strange: the movie makes a big point to talk about their being cousins, but they're fifth or sixth cousins. There's nothing wrong with that except that they actually know one another. So when they become intimate I feel like it's trying to make FDR into an even bigger creep. The glorious: FDR and King George VI alone time over drinks was masterful.
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