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Mrs Henderson Presents

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United Kingdom, United States · 2005
Rated R · 1h 43m
Director Stephen Frears
Starring Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Will Young, Christopher Guest
Genre Comedy, Drama

The eccentric Mrs Henderson, a 70-year-old widow, purchases the Windmill Theatre in London as she searches for a new hobby.. After starting an innovative continuous variety review, which is copied by other theaters, they begin to lose money. Mrs Henderson suggests they add female nudity similar to the Moulin Rouge in Paris.

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Village Voice by

This is Dame Judi's show. However extraordinary an actor she may be, she cannot conceal the obvious fact that she's having the time of her life here. Isn't that delicious?


Variety by David Rooney

A bigscreen feature executed with a cookie-cutter small-screen sensibility, this often charming but untextured fact-based period piece is buoyed along by the redoubtable Judi Dench.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

Stephen Frears has had more downs than ups of late, but I would never have thought the man responsible for "My Beautiful Laundrette" and "The Grifters" capable of stooping to pap as pappy as this unbearably chipper take on the real-life story of Laura Henderson.


The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

Watching this reasonably funny, professionally assembled calculation is a little like snuggling up in front of the television with a mug of hot cocoa and a warm blanket. Those who prefer their drinks and recreation spiked would do well to look elsewhere.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Poking fun at uptight British civility has long been a monocle-shattering comedic staple, and Mrs. Henderson Presents gets by for a while on its genial naughtiness.

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