Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Synopsis
A widow (Joan Plowright) and a young writer (Rupert Friend) develop an unlikely friendship.
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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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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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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...
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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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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...
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Chicago Sun-Times

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

While the compelling Plowright competently flexes her well-trained muscle, the film's melodrama too readily evokes a Lifetime Original...
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For those who would enjoy a quiet, emotional movie involving aging and youth

By tom3000
This movie will make you want to call an elderly person in your family and chat awhile. It is very sentimental and perhaps not so realistic, but it puts you firmly in the environment of this older...

Wonderful Dramady About Age and Connection

By Babs Bean
While the movie veers away from the Novel in many ways, it is a wonderful story about aging and the eventual loss of family and friends. The chemistry between Joan Plowright and Rupert Friend is...

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Rated NR