Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)

The story centers around an elegant elderly lady who, after being recently widowed, moves from Scotland to London to be near to her 26 year old grandson, Desmond. When Desmond fails to return any of her several phone calls, or visit her at… More

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Rated: G
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 25, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bittersweet and endearing, this film about aging and unexpected friendship is a lovely vehicle for Joan Plowright.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's an altogether satisfying drama -- the sort of movie some people complain they don't make anymore.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

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.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Unfortunately, much of the story is thin ice beneath her feet. It threatens to buckle beneath sheer improbability.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Like the woman herself, Mrs. Palfry gets to you.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Betsy Sherman
Arts Fuse

[Mrs. Palfrey] is a stroll off the beaten path.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A small portrait of friendship and intergenerational connection, painted in delicate strokes and warm tones.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The whole thing feels programmed; the movie's sense of humor lacks understatement. So does the movie's sense of pathos.

Brandon Judell
Bay Area Reporter

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
joan plowright offers an excellent perfomance as usual
William Goss
Plods through the paces with all the momentum of molasses.
Mark Abell
A beautiful, quiet little film that definitely tugs at the heartstrings. Joan Plowright and Rupert Friend were marvelous as the unlikely friends who find joy… More
Sarah Burton
I caught this minor miracle of a film on TV and was captured from the beginning. It made me change my mind about Keira Knightley's other half, Rupert… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont" is about the widowed Sarah Palfrey(Joan Plowright) who moves into the Claremont Hotel in London… More
Sunil Jawahir
This movie seemed pretty cool at first but it's kinda weird.