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Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)



Critic Consensus: Though bolstered by a thoroughly charming performance by Bill Murray in the central role, Hyde Park on Hudson is an FDR biopic that lets down both its audience and its subject.

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In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York - the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR's domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. -- (C) Focus

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Bill Murray
as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Elizabeth Wilson
as Mrs. Roosevelt
Olivia Colman
as The Queen
Eleanor Bron
as Daisy's Wife
Nancy Baldwin
as Mrs. Astor
Tim Beckmann
as President's Aide
Guy Paul
as President's Aide
Eben Young
as President's Aide
Samantha Dakin
as Mary the Maid
Morgan Deare
as Plumber
Tim Ahern
as Hungry Driver
Tommy Campbell
as Hungry Driver
Jeff Mash
as Hungry Driver
Kevin Millington
as Hungry Driver
Nell Mooney
as Superstitious Maid
Jonathan Brewer
as Ish-ti-opi
Kumiko Konishi
as Princess Te Ata
James McNeill
as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Hyde Park on Hudson

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (57)

The entire film is quite funny, in fact, nothing like the sort of stuffy period piece it's dressed up as.

June 21, 2016 | Full Review…

[It] may have the look of a prestige picture, but it plays more like a version of FDR's life as told by TMZ, focusing on naughty details and ignoring the historical implications of the events depicted.

April 16, 2014 | Full Review…

It's not the strongest premise for a movie, though Hyde Park on Hudson somehow contrives to make it seem rather less than the sum of its parts.

February 17, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a bit antimacassar and too reliant on superior production design and a syrupy score. But if you just watch the acting, it's enough.

February 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The movie insists on an unearned sentimentality and nostalgia about a situation and a period that is never fully evoked or explored.

January 31, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film tinkles on affably, never quite sure of its focus but civilised, gentle, prettily-mannered.

January 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hyde Park on Hudson


The kind of outdated love story that shouldn't have space in modern times, and it has the wrong lead character, since her relationship with FDR is the weakest element of the plot and her intrusive narration is always useless and expository.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"Hyde Park on Hudson" is to WWII dramas as "Moscow on the Hudson" is to geopolitical thrillers...but without the charm or the Russians. Although there is a stronger performance by Murray than usual and a decent performance by Linney, the plot is slow and meandering, offering no real insight into FDR, Eleanor or any of the other players. A real disappointment, although "stars" are awarded for production value.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

There was no story. The character of Daisy, played by Laura Linney, was so lame--and she was the narrator--I had no idea who she was or what she wanted. FDR was played wonderfully by Bill Murray, but again--what did he want out of her? Just sex? He was getting that with 3 other women and he was married. I loved the British invasion and would have liked to see that perhaps played out more--was that supposed to be the story? I think that the producers found Daisy's letters and diaries and thought, "oh, a scandal!", but it wasn't a scandal. It wasn't even interesting.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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