Written May 24, 2016
This is a lovely film, with fine performances all around. Some people will not like it since it portrays FDR as a flawed but sympathetic man. He was a lonely man who needed companionship from women that was not provided by his alienated wife Eleanor. This is a small snapshot of him at a crucial time, before war broke out in Europe. The portraits of the young King and Queen of England are charming. This is really aimed at an older generation of viewers. Most young people, especially those craving action and excitement, will find it boring. We enjoyed it very much.
Written April 26, 2015
Enjoyable, well acted movie. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nicely directed, well written....thoughtful movie that should appeal to most adults. Bill Murray and the entire cast made this bit of "history" come to life.
Written April 21, 2015
They should make it clear that the movie theme is FDR's affair....the advertising indicates it's more about him...and, I never got past seeing Bill Murray...never got to seeing FDR...LINCOLN was a far better movie.....
Written December 01, 2015
I found this film enjoyable for the most part, and the acting exceptional, especially by Bill Murray and Laura Linney.
I was disappointed that at Hyde Park, one of the most beautiful spots in the state of new york, there was not a single scene of the mighty Hudson River and the lush green hills on both sides of the river, and too much emphasis on the vast fields on the property. perhaps it was not even filmed at Hyde Park.
also disappointing to me was the emphasis on only 2 aspects of FDR's nearly 3 terms in office: the sexual needs and narcissistic aspect of FDR's personality, and the king and queens' visit. Surely, there were many more interesting anecdotes that could have been highlighted. The movie was only 1 hr, 34 min., and another 20 minutes could have shown other sides of FDR and his presidency.
i would not recommend this movie for children under 15..
Written July 30, 2015
For the serious student of American history, Hyde Park would be of interest.
For most movie goers, the image sharpness has much to be desired. Watching this flick is not any clearer than watching a home movie that was filmed with fog on the camera lense, even on the outdoor scens.
The clarity of the inside scenes are mediocre at best .
The acting was not much better than the picture quality. Nothing special.
Not recommended for anyone suffering from depression; they would be in a deeper depression. I feel no joy in this movie.
This would be not suitable for younger children as it for them would be too boring; kids would become fidgety and begin screaming in the theatre seats.
Leave the kids home and stay home with them.