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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

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87% Average Rating: 7.1/10 Reviews Counted: 211 Fresh: 183 Rotten: 28

Critics Consensus: Florence Foster Jenkins makes poignant, crowd-pleasing dramedy out of its stranger-than-fiction tale -- and does its subject justice with a reliably terrific turn from star Meryl Streep.

92% Average Rating: 7.5/10 Reviews Counted: 39 Fresh: 36 Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Florence Foster Jenkins makes poignant, crowd-pleasing dramedy out of its stranger-than-fiction tale -- and does its subject justice with a reliably terrific turn from star Meryl Streep.


68% liked it Average Rating: 3.6/5 User Ratings: 16,745

Critic Consensus: Florence Foster Jenkins makes poignant, crowd-pleasing dramedy out of its stranger-than-fiction tale -- and does its subject justice with a reliably terrific turn from star Meryl Streep.

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A wealthy New York heiress (Meryl Streep) attempts to become an opera singer despite her horrible singing voice. Hugh Grant and Rebecca Ferguson co-star in this biopic directed by Stephen Frears.

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Meryl Streep
as Florence Foster Jenkins Hugh Grant
as St Clair Bayfield Simon Helberg
as Cosme McMoon Rebecca Ferguson
as Kathleen Nina Arianda
as Agnes Stark Stanley Townsend
as Phineas Stark Allan Corduner
as John Totten Alan Corduner
as John Totten Christian McKay
as Earl Wilson David Haig
as Carlo Edwards John Sessions
as Dr. Hermann Brid Brennan
as Kitty John Kavanagh
as Arturo Toscanini Mark Arnold Pat Starr
as Mrs. Vanderbilt Maggie Steed
as Mrs. James O'Flaherty Thelma Barlow
as Mrs. Oscar Garmunder Liza Ross
as Mrs EE Paterson Paola Dionisotti
as Baroness Le Feyre Rhoda Lewis
as Mrs Patsy Snow Aida Garifullina
as Lily Pons David Mills
as Augustus Corbin David Menkin
as Carlton Smith Sid Phoenix
as Corporal Jones Tunji Kasim
as Private Smith Carl Davis
as Orlando Adams Lloyd Hutchinson
as Microphone Engineer Josh O'Connor
as Donaghy Stefan Bednarczyk
as Stephen Foster Nathan Osgood
as Stagehand Caolan Byrne
as Stagehand 2 James Sobol Kelly
as Edgar (Diner) Dar Dash
as Antonio

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Critic Reviews for Florence Foster Jenkins

All Critics (211) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (183) | Rotten (28)

That's where the film truly succeeds: Frears doesn't treat Florence like a joke, and neither does Streep.

January 2, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review… Kate Erbland indieWire Top Critic

Streep, of course, fills her character with emotion, humanity and need, but director Stephen Frears and writer Nicholas Martin haven't decided whether their movie is slapstick or tragedy.

September 19, 2016 | Full Review… Mark Kennedy Associated Press Top Critic

A comic lark that packs a satisfying emotional wallop and continues the balls-to-the-wall career victory lap Meryl Streep has been on since turning 60 years old seven years ago ...

August 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review… Oliver Jones Observer Top Critic

Streep is right there, solidly invested in the folly of Florence's dreams. When she declares that "music has been, and is, my life," you believe her.

August 15, 2016 | Full Review… Anthony Lane New Yorker Top Critic

Enjoyable summer entertainment for grown-ups and anyone else seeking refuge from superheroes.

August 12, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review… Peter Howell Toronto Star Top Critic

[Frears] elicits a remarkably tender and mature performance from Hugh Grant as St. Clair Bayfield, the two-bit Shakespearean actor who became Jenkins's longtime companion and musical enabler.

August 12, 2016 | Full Review… J. R. Jones Chicago Reader Top Critic

Predominantly schmaltzy but sporadically affecting...

November 14, 2018 | Full Review… Martin Filler The New York Review of Books

For as great as Meryl is, Florence Foster Jenkins once again illustrates how Streep's game is raised when she is with the right people.

November 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review… Christopher James

Brilliant crowd pleasing biopic with enough drama and humor to entertain and break your heart.

August 30, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review… Rendy Jones Rendy Reviews

It is a measure of Nicholas Martin's fine script that he introduces us to Florence's marriage slowly, recognising it as almost a character in its own right with many a layer to be peeled back.

August 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review… Alison Rowat The Herald (Scotland)

Stellar performances from the unlikely pairing of Streep and Grant, and the awkwardly charming performance from Helberg bring to life a symphonic story of eccentricity and love.

August 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review… Pamela Powell Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL)

The reason why Foster Jenkins is so charming,... is that she was so blissfully and sincerely unaware of herself and her lack of talent.

August 21, 2018 | Full Review… Lisa Johnson Mandell View All Critic Reviews (211)

Audience Reviews for Florence Foster Jenkins

A charming love story for the imperfect who are filled with perfect love.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

When it comes to biopics, there are certain instances where there just isn't enough substance to sustain an entire feature film and others where that seems to be the case, only to be done better with another crew down the line. Case in point, Ashton Kutcher's take on Steve Jobs in Jobs and then Michael Fassbender's portrayal later that same year in Steve Jobs. Then there are films like Florence Foster Jenkins. When picked up by the right studio and hand-picking the proper writer to helm a story line this, sometimes the first time really is the charm. While there are a few annoying aspects to this film, here are a few reasons why I found this film to be absolutely delightful as a whole. In the wake of getting cancer, this story follows Florence (Meryl Streep) as she tries to resurrect her music career. Thinking she still has what it takes to perform and produce music, she sets out to find a pianist in Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg). Determined to help her, while having the utmost faith in her as well, her husband St. Clair (Hugh Grant) remains by her side as she rehearses and prepares. The kicker is that she is now a terrible singer, but nobody has the guts to tell her, so they just choose to train her as much as possible for a show that will ultimately make people laugh hysterically. I would normally be growing tired of Meryl Streep in these types of roles, but she truly gives a heartwarming and compelling performance as this titular character. I truly couldn't see anyone else in this role. This is the type of film that could potentially be an extreme bore to most audience members, unless the right talent is acquired to bring these characters to life. Thankfully, this cast plays off each other as if they have been acting together for years. Meryl Streep is incredible as this character, so there really isn't much to say there. Hugh Grant as her husband feels very well-realized and I believed every second of their chemistry together. Having said that, the real standout to me was Simon Helberg. His incredibly quirky performance as Cosme made me chuckle, become incredibly annoyed by his laughing, and ultimately really care for the character in the end. Some may find his portrayal quite annoying, but comparing this to the television series, The Big Bang Theory, which is what he is most known for, he definitely shows his range. While I really do like Rebecca Ferguson as an actress, her character bugged me every time she was on screen and some of her moments with Hugh Grant detracted from the core story since there is little to no payoff with that side plot. I would've cared more if their was some sort of realization scene. On top of that, many of the scenes requiring the character of Florence to be singing really had me cringing. Yes, that is the intention of the film, but the scenes do go on a little long and make for a few off-putting sequences. That being said, this film is a very well-structured piece of filmmaking that I will look back on and remember as a 2016 release. I really enjoyed watching Florence Foster Jenkins. In the end, Florence Foster Jenkins is the type of film that is hard to market to an audience, as it seems like a period piece that would usually only appeal to an older audience. Having said that, I would like to recommend this to many different age groups, due to the fact that it is quite funny and heartwarming. It is a far more accessible film than the trailers make it out to be. Yes, this is a film that goes through the many motions that you would think it would explore, leaving nothing too surprising on the table, but as a film, it is very emotionally effective. This will not be mentioned as one of my favourite films of the year by any means, but I will most likely give it an honourable mention. Florence Foster Jenkins is a delightful and emotionally satisfying biopic.

KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Stephen Frears has become an expert in making forgettable biopics in recent years, and so he gives us another silly and harmless light drama with comedic touches and a great performance by Meryl Streep, who steals the show like she always does when starring in unimpressive films.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Frears crafts an easy if poignant afternoon's enjoyment as we spend time with a wannabe diva trying to cut it in the world of opera singing. Streep absolutely dominates (what else is new?) as she gives her fool's character dignity as well as desperate longing to be loved = humanity. Helberg, beyond looking surprised to be in such rarified company, delivers his own sensitive portrayal of a soul surprised to be in rarified company. But the real joy here is watching Hugh Grant drag the shards of his shattered rep and career back from the brink and return as a thespian of worth and merit. It nearly brings tears to the eyes.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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