Mrs. Brown
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The ruler of England discovers the value of common friendship in this historical drama. After the death of her husband Prince Albert, Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) is despondent, and she remains in mourning for two years after Albert's passing. When one of her servants suggests that a daily ride on horseback might be a tonic for the Queen's health and spirits, a Scotsman named John Brown (Billy Connolly) is hired as her guide and groom. At first, the Queen shows no interest in riding, though Brown readies a horse for her each day; finally, after several days, Mr. Brown speaks frankly to… More

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"Centering on a lesser-known chapter in the reign of Queen Victoria, this richly detailed drama about her intimate relationship with her servant that scandalized the country is extremely well-acted; Judi Dench deserves an Oscar nomination"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Even as the film teases us with the underlying ''sensuality'' of the relationship, it fails to portray it as a convincing human bond. Mrs. Brown is stately yet depressed, like Victoria."
‑ , Entertainment Weekly
"Fine Judi Dench starring drama."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Dench's Victoria has a full palette of pent-up emotions bubbling inside her like a pressure-cooker; one can feel the power of her anguish..."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Explores the platonic friendship between the Queen of the British empire and a Scottish servant."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Dench is magnificent as Victoria, a toy-sized, black-suited, dough girl of despair, a woman slowly recovering her wits and her expectations."
‑ , Time Out
"A highly resonant testament to the redemptive power of love--one that transcends traditional romantic definitions."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"This discreet drama failed to get to me emotionally."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The political nuances of Mrs. Brown may be obscure to most Americans, but you need no expertise in British history to appreciate Ms. Dench's honesty or Mr. Connolly's ferocity,or Anthony Sher's sly turn as the sharp-witted Disraeli."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Unfortunately, the performances are not enough to carry this film, which feels much longer than its 83 minutes running time."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"''Mrs. Brown'' transcends its period setting not only with a keenly observed struggle between love and duty but also with the kind of controversy that envelops the Queen and her servant."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"terrific performances make it a must-see"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Interesting, but didn't love it."
‑ Luanne Brown,
"Despite a few passing similarities to "The Madness of King George" and "Carrington," "Mrs. Brown" succeeds bravely on its own terms, owing much to freshman scribe Jeremy Brock's outstanding blending of fact and speculation."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Judi Dench's glacial, reserved demeanour contrasts beautifully with Billy Connolly's natural, rebellious exuberance, and their resultant spark of chemistry is undeniable."
‑ William Mager,
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