Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
An elderly widow and a young would-be author strike up an unlikely friendship in this comedy drama. Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright) has been uneasy since the death of her husband, and she decides to move from her long-time home in Scotland to London so she can be closer to her grandson Desmond (Lorcan O'Toole). Mrs. Palfrey settles into the Claremont Hotel, a shabby residential inn for senior citizens that has seen better days. She tries to contact Desmond, but isn't able to get in touch with him, and at first she has a hard time relating to the other folks at the Claremont, especially… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an altogether satisfying drama -- the sort of movie some people complain they don't make anymore."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Plowright, who has made something of a specialty of breathing life into stereotypically written older women for the past 20 years, makes the most of a rare opportunity to play someone still open to the surprises the world can bring."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"It's funny," Ireland notes. "The intellectual critics always like to give me a smack about being too weepy. But then the audiences that go see it seem to embrace it, which has been great."
‑ Brandon Judell, Bay Area Reporter
"Pour yourself a cup of Earl Grey and enjoy."
‑ Don Willmott,
"One of the season's most humane and heartening films."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Like the woman herself, Mrs. Palfry gets to you."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Just as teenagers enjoy escapist movies, so do the elderly. They simply prefer a gentler pace. What is touching about Mrs. Palfrey is that she is allowed to be elderly, and not turned into a hip-hop granny."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This underwhelming "prestige" production offers a few pleasures, but doesn't stay in the memory very long."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Despite the measured pace and the predictable bitter sweet mood, the film is only occasionally enchanting"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"You'd half expect the movie to throw caution to the wind and become "Grandmas Gone Wild," but the film is too prim to offer any surprises."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A small portrait of friendship and intergenerational connection, painted in delicate strokes and warm tones."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The whole thing feels programmed; the movie's sense of humor lacks understatement. So does the movie's sense of pathos."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT is a rare treat, indeed, and a crowning achievement for Dame Joan Plowright."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"Never less than enjoyable. All credit must go to Plowright and Friend, who give completely charming performances."
‑ Paul Doro, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"... an amiable, sweetly sentimental tale ..."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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