Mrs. Henderson Presents
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Mrs. Henderson Presents
A recently widowed eccentric with money to burn and no intentions of settling down enlists the aide of a showbiz professional to transform a run-down theater in Soho into London's most innovative entertainment hot spot in director Stephen Frears' cinematic account of the groundbreaking Windmill Theater. The year is 1937 and, despite having recently lost her husband, 69-year-old Laura Henderson (Judy Dench) remains as ambitious and vital as ever. Aghast at her friend Lady Conway's (Thelma Barlow) suggestion that she take up a mundane hobby such as diamond collecting to pass the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"Though nudity will keep this from being a family film, for those who love the family of the theater, this postcard from its past is worth framing in your heart."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"A lively period piece elevated by a winning pair of leads."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Mrs Henderson's irrepressible dominance ensures that all the other characters in her orbit seem static and soulless, not unlike the girls in the theatre's nude tableaux."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Don't expect sex, satire or "upstairs/downstairs" irony, just a good song, a flash of sequins and the possibility of a wartime romance--oh, the joys of nostalgia!"
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Una comedia dramática con iguales dosis de picardía y emotividad, sostenida en dos buenas actuaciones de Judi Dench y Bob Hoskins."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"If you're attracted to movies whose charms involve recollecting simpler times, Mrs. Henderson will do nicely."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"An unexpectedly classy film. Not for kids."
‑ Maria Llull, Common Sense Media
"There's chemistry and tension aplenty in this bittersweet character study."
‑ Kam Williams, DallasBlack.com
"The breast movie of the year ..."
‑ Michael Clawson, West Valley View
"Mainly an excuse for the entertainment industry to toot its own horn, again."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The greatest pleasure of Mrs. Henderson Presents is watching two of the grandest British lions taking their talents for a long walk."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Hoskins and Dench share a unique chemistry that pierces the story's heavy-handed construction."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"One of those "prestige" pictures that you can watch with your dear old Mom ... provided your Mom won't be offended by the unclothed young ladies."
‑ Jette Kernion, Cinematical
"a thoroughly enjoyable film"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Judi Dench shines but her movie is a little sketchy"
‑ Jackie K. Cooper, jackiekcooper.com
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