Florence Foster Jenkins
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

A wealthy New York heiress (Meryl Streep) attempts to become an opera singer despite her horrible singing voice. Hugh Grant and Rebecca Ferguson co-star in this biopic directed by Stephen Frears.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 12, 2016
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2016
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Florence Foster Jenkins makes poignant, crowd-pleasing dramedy out of its stranger-than-fiction tale -- and does its subject justice with a reliably terrific turn from star Meryl Streep.

Kate Erbland
indieWire

That's where the film truly succeeds: Frears doesn't treat Florence like a joke, and neither does Streep.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Streep is right there, solidly invested in the folly of Florence's dreams. When she declares that "music has been, and is, my life," you believe her.

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Sarah Marrs
Lainey Gossip

More than anything, Florence Foster Jenkins feels like Baby Boomer version of "everybody gets a participation trophy".

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Mark Kennedy
Associated Press

Streep, of course, fills her character with emotion, humanity and need, but director Stephen Frears and writer Nicholas Martin haven't decided whether their movie is slapstick or tragedy.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Enjoyable summer entertainment for grown-ups and anyone else seeking refuge from superheroes.

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Joanne Soh
The New Paper (Singapore)

Jenkins' singing may be horrendously off-key, but together Grant and Streep hit all the right notes and deliver a harmonious and often hilarious performance.

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Oliver Jones
New York Observer

A comic lark that packs a satisfying emotional wallop and continues the balls-to-the-wall career victory lap Meryl Streep has been on since turning 60 years old seven years ago ...

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[Frears] elicits a remarkably tender and mature performance from Hugh Grant as St. Clair Bayfield, the two-bit Shakespearean actor who became Jenkins's longtime companion and musical enabler.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The actress takes to the delusional singer con brio, as they say. The result is like being fed too much screaming cake.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
A charming love story for the imperfect who are filled with perfect love.
Kevin M. Williams
Frears crafts an easy if poignant afternoon's enjoyment as we spend time with a wannabe diva trying to cut it in the world of opera singing. Streep… More
KJ Proulx
When it comes to biopics, there are certain instances where there just isn't enough substance to sustain an entire feature film and others where that seems… More
Mark Hobin
Director Stephen Frears has given us successes like Dangerous Liaisons and The Queen, so he obviously knows how to produce a tale that is perceptive as well as… More
Carlos Magalhães
Stephen Frears has become an expert in making forgettable biopics in recent years, and so he gives us another silly and harmless light drama with comedic… More
Glenn Gaylord
CROAK MADAME - My Review of FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (2 1/2 Stars) Stephen Frears' early career put him high on my list of favorite directors with such… More