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Mrs. Brown (1997)



Critic Consensus: Thanks to some top notch acting, the chemistry between its stars, and a witty, thoughtful script, Mrs. Brown delivers a nuanced and entertaining, if not entirely factual, account of a seldom explored historical relationship.

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Following her husband's death, Queen Victoria's inconsolable grief forced her into a seclusion that did not abate until feisty Scottish groom John Brown, entered her life and goaded her into living again. Their close friendship caused a major scandal. This factual drama offers an unusually intimate look into Victoria's life.

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Judi Dench
as Queen Victoria
Billy Connolly
as John Brown
Geoffrey Palmer
as Henry Ponsonby
Antony Sher
as Disraeli
Gerard Butler
as Archie Brown
Richard Pasco
as Doctor Jenner
David Westhead
as Prince of Wales
Georgie Glen
as Lady Churchill
Catherine O'Donnell
as Lady In Waiting
Sara Stewart
as Princess Alexandra
Finty Williams
as Princess Helena
Clair Nicolson
as Princess Louise
Hattie Ladburty
as Princess Alice
Oliver Kent
as Prince Alfred
Alex Menzies
as Prince Arthur
Simon McKerrell
as Prince Leopold
Rupert Farley
as Bertie's Valet
Elaine Collins
as Mrs. Grant
Jimmy Chisholm
as Mr. Grant
Jason Morell
as Lord Stanley
Rebecca Charles
as Assistant Dresser
Cherith Mellor
as Mary Ann Disraeli
George Hall
as Speaker of the House
Robin Marchal
as Commons Counter
Oliver Ford Davies
as Dean of Windsor
Patrick Hannaway
as Journalist
John Ramsay
as Journalist
Delia Lindsay
as Society Lady
James Vaughan
as Sir Charles Dilke
Theo Steele
as Footman
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Critic Reviews for Mrs. Brown

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (16)

The director, John Madden, could have set this up as a minor tragedy, but he has the wit, especially in the first half, to play it cool and droll, and he is helped no end by finely gauged performances.

July 19, 2021 | Full Review…

Mrs. Brown is reserved yet spirited.

May 6, 2016

Centering on a lesser-known chapter in the reign of Queen Victoria, this richly detailed drama about her intimate relationship with her servant that scandalized the country is extremely well-acted; Judi Dench deserves an Oscar nomination

January 29, 2007 | Rating: B+
Top Critic

Dench is magnificent as Victoria, a toy-sized, black-suited, dough girl of despair, a woman slowly recovering her wits and her expectations.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Judi Dench's glacial, reserved demeanour contrasts beautifully with Billy Connolly's natural, rebellious exuberance, and their resultant spark of chemistry is undeniable.

April 17, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mrs. Brown' is a love story about two strong-willed people who find exhilaration in testing each other. It is not about sexual love, or even romantic love, really, but about that kind of love based on challenge and fascination.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mrs. Brown


Stories of England's many queens have been overflowing in the past twenty years, "Mrs. Brown" being one of the first examples, followed shortly by "Elizabeth." Judi Dench is phenomenal, as always, and courts the film as a strong leader, a wailing widow, and a great friend to her manservant, John Brown. While the film alludes to the two having an intense bond, this is not a torrid romantic drama, and very much retains respect for the monarchy. Victoria is a grieving widow throughout, as she was in life, but Billy Connelly's performance as John Brown spices up her life and brings her out of seclusion. The ending would have to be the least enjoyable thing about this film, as it just sort of ends without much explanation, and this beautiful relationship that they've built up throughout the film is abandoned. It feels like there wasn't a point in the film in the first place and upends everything they've alluded to throughout the film. Otherwise it was an understated period piece that told a much underappreciated story with zest and life.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


When Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert dies, she goes into mourning. A highlander comes to court to take her out of her depression. Great cast.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

A well acted and crafted movie that takes us back to the late 1800's where Queen Victoria falls for John Brown a Scott, and how there close relationship leads to scandal in Britian. Judi Dench plays Victoria flawlessly. Mrs. Brown is a great flim based on facts. Story: A- Acting: A Direction: A- Visuals: A- Overall: A- ***1/2 out of 4 stars

Matthew Rodrigues
Matthew Rodrigues

Super Reviewer

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