Verdi With a Side of Schmaltz

By pablomtz829
Written February 01, 2015
A lovely film that's part "Downton Abbey" (Look! There's Maggie Smith playing the same character she always plays!), part "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and entirely charming, if not entirely original. There are several utterly poignant moments and the scenery is always lush and verdant -- as if the English country landscape is taunting the fading characters whose golden days appear to be long past. But as one might expect, it turns out their most important 'roles' have yet to be played. The music is gorgeous and the end credits (don't leave without seeing them) are lovely. There are several missteps, but they in no way take away from the larger, more glorious aspects of the film. (The 'urban youth' storyline -- thin and underdeveloped -- feels gratuitous and tagged-on, rather than organic, believeable.) Opera fans: delight in a lovely turn by the ever radiant Dame Gwenyth Jones.
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Warm And Loving, A Very Pleasant Film.

By Alon Patterson
Written December 18, 2014
While this film might appeal to a mostly older demographic, explanation for its limited release, it none the less delivers an engaging and entertaining audience experience. Produced and directed by Dustin Hoffman, the scene constructions show a legendary actor's touch. While this film has no superheroes (costumed ones anyway), fancy special effects, or exotic locations, it delivers a decently entertaining screenplay with solid performances. See it. You won't be disappointed.
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Delightful, refreshing, charming

By minnie_huntingtonbeach
Written January 28, 2015
Wonderful dialogue and interactions between characters that are real people. Maggie Smith never, never disappoints! The cast is made up of real musicians and vocal artists who perform throughout the film, which is incidental but very enriching.
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By ticketsready
Written January 28, 2015
Underrated. Superbly-acted and directed, very funny--a laugh a minute, heart-warming and true. Why hasn't this film been more widely distributed? Is someone afraid it wouldn't appeal to younger or mass audiences? L.
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By randihal
Written October 30, 2014
If you are of an age and like music, this is a "must go". Maggie Smith and her inmates are truly wonderful. I wish my parents had been in this beautiful retirement home!
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