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Based on 30 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Charming movie, show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    What the movie can't quite get over, no matter how hard the filmmakers try, is the story's built-in limitations. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Very funny and surprisingly likable until it goes Hollywood. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The story hooks us because stars Helen Mirren and Julie Walters look as fetching in woolens and Wellingtons as they do in the altogether. But it reels us in because it is about people who for so long have paid lip service to making a difference that they are profoundly altered when they actually do. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    This is good clean fun, with or without the soap, and one of the most spirited entries of the season. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's a real-life story adapted into a grown-up comedy that is warm, winning and sexy. Call it "The Full Auntie." show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's the kind of sweet, good-humored comedy that used to star Margaret Rutherford, although Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, its daring top-liners, would have curled Dame Margaret's eyebrows. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    It creates a strong sense of a living, breathing community, and you root for its affectionately drawn characters as they experience the giddiness of triumph without forgetting the project's bittersweet inspiration. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    The film's appeal is universal, not just female, and, best of all, it's based on a true story. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    May be boomer-baiting formula, but this ingratiating, big-hearted holiday treat is as British as plum pudding - and the closest thing on the market to the famous Ealing comedies. show more

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