“Bill Murray shines as FDR in a keenly observed look at the weekend King George VI came to visit. Bill Murray as FDR? It takes a few minutes to get used to, but once he settles into the role of the 32nd president, the idiosyncratic comic actor does a wonderfully jaunty job of it in HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, also starring Laura Linney, a seriocomic look at an eventful weekend at the chief executive’s country estate as well as at his unusual domestic arrangement. With Britain’s King George VI playing an important part in the proceedings as a house guest, audiences will be no doubt be encouraged to think of this classy, mildly ribald slice of biographical arcania as this season’s THE KING’S SPEECH, bolstered by the fact that both leaders had to deal with physical impairments. Reflecting a time when the intimate secrets of our leaders could truly be securely kept from the public. HYDE PARK ON HUDSON is a refined treat that nevertheless will appeal to a wide audience.”—Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter. R. 95 Min.
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