|Pauline Collins as Cissy, Maggie Smith as Jean|
As is my habit, after I returned home I checked Rotten Tomatoes to see what reviewers and the audiences had to say about the movie, which I enjoyed very much. I think this reviewer, Matt Brunson, summed it up quite nicely:
Of course, let's take care not to oversell this piece, which is the sort of genteel art-house offering that will thrill older audiences but seems unlikely to break out with those who don't know Downton Abbey from Howards End.Since I fall very solidly into the "older audience" category, I think I can agree with his assessment. I really loved the movie, and Maggie let loose with some zingers that are Downton Abbey-worthy. I also enjoyed the gentle treatment of Cissy's memory loss, and I found myself leaving the theater smiling, feeling glad that Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut was so lovely. I hope he keeps it up. Oh, and by the way, no ears were harmed in the making of this movie (that is, they didn't really sing, but several aging and very talented musicians did give some entertaining performances).