Written October 26, 2014
Don't go to see this movie if you are looking for the Roosevelt in the White House, or the "fear" speech, or WWII drama. This movie is a simple love story between the President and a girl who thought she was his only mistress. However, the best scenes are the interaction between FDR and King George of England. The scenery is great and the period music is terrific and it brings back nostalgia from a time gone by but it is also one of those movies that you can wait to see when it comes on cable TV.
Written October 28, 2014
Bill Murray is stellar as the FDR that is not revealed in old news reels. And Samuel West puts in an Oscar worthy supporting performance as the same king we met in The King's Speech. For those who only know Laura Linney from her Masterpiece/Downton Abbey hostess role, she shows her acting skills as the simple cousin who lifted FDR's spirits in a household dominated by his mother and wife.
Written March 02, 2015
Although this movie is not epic like Lincoln or The Hobbit, it is an interesting look behind the scenes from a time when the media was complicate to the dalliances of our government. I thought that the movie had a reasonable pace for a character piece. I am sure that it would be painful for someone looking for an action movie. I also thought Bill Murray did pretty well in a serious role, which admittedly surprised me.
Written November 29, 2015
When the credits went up, I said "really?" There hadn't been a movie that I saw. An entertaining little vignette perhaps, but no movie. You didn't learn anything really about the characters. A few laughs, but nothing substantial. Cinematography only basic. Script mediocre. Acting much less than what I expected (actually couldn't believe Laura Linney took this one. I would expect more from her). More like an RTF project than a Hollywood movie. Enjoyable, but barely worth the time.
Written December 17, 2012
Billy Murray was a surprise and deserves the critical acclaim he's receiving for his performance. The screenplay is fun and all the performances are first-rate.