Parents' Guide to

Hyde Park on Hudson

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Presidential drama is well acted but short on passion.

Movie R 2012 94 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

FDR & his mistresses

From the back of the box it sounded like a worthwhile glimpse into a crucial period in US/UK relations; this film is actually about FDR and his mistresses. I found it to be extremely disappointing and eventually, about three-quarters of the way through, I gave up watching.
age 18+

R-rated movie essentially about adultery, and lots of it.

This movie is based on actual letters found by a distant cousin to President Franklin Roosevelt. This movie is about their adulterous affair, Eleanor's adultery with multiple men, and the adulteries of members of the President's staff. Far from a moral tale about how such activity eventually destroys marriages, children, love and life, it presents this way of living as OK, without consequences. Not the thing we want to be teaching our children.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Watching Bill Murray play FDR is like watching jazz; he's loose, relaxed, confident, and not at all hammy, unlike so many other depictions we've seen in previous presidential movies. It makes for an interesting, fascinating performance, primarily because it's unlike anything we've seen before. Linney, too, is reliably impressive, infusing Daisy with a curious and effective mix of naivete, pragmatism, and romanticism.

Nonetheless, HYDE PARK ON HUDSON is oddly short on passion -- confusing, considering that it's unmasking a long and abiding love affair by one of history's most interesting presidents. There's some joy to derive from the private meetings between the king and FDR and the king and queen, but everything plays at a curious remove, depriving Hyde Park on Hudson of the electricity it deserves.

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