100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's an altogether satisfying drama -- the sort of movie some people complain they don't make anymore. So here it is; what's your excuse?
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Directed with charming restraint by the acclaimed American producer Dan Ireland, the film is a quiet triumph for Dame Joan.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The details are what matters, and thanks to a cast of all-star British elders and a mischievous sense of humor, the filmmakers bring those details to vivid life.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The movie pulls off the trick of blurring the distinctions between romantic and platonic attractions across the generations.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Newcomer Friend, a Leonardo DiCaprio lookalike who can also be seen in small roles in "The Libertine" and "Pride & Prejudice," has a winning manner, but Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont is a terrific, long-overdue vehicle for Lady Olivier.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is a delight, in ways both expected and rare.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The casting, at least, is magical. Plowright shows both her character's strength and her heartbreaking vulnerability, sometimes at once.
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50

Film Threat

By Phil Hall
Watching these old pros elbow their way into the spotlight is the film’s finest surprise, but watching Plowright out-act them all is the ultimate joy.
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50

Chicago Tribune

The cast manages some sweet moments, and Plowright lends a touch of grace and wit to each new indignity or kindness. Yet the whole thing feels programmed; the movie's sense of humor lacks understatement.
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30

Austin Chronicle

While the compelling Plowright competently flexes her well-trained muscle, the film's melodrama too readily evokes a Lifetime Original Movie rather than subtle sentiment.
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67 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.