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Florence Foster Jenkins

Comedy . Drama . Biography

The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

Actors: Meryl Streep , Hugh Grant , Rebecca Ferguson , Simon Helberg , Nina Arianda , Josh O'Connor , David Haig , Neve Gachev , John Sessions , Christian McKay
Directors: Stephen Frears
Country: UK
Release: 2016-03-29
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  • Peter Rainer

    Florence Foster Jenkins isn’t really about how passion trumps art. It’s about how life is more important than art.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    In this charming and delightful biopic that bears her name, the matronly Jenkins is an endearing and courageous stand-in for countless other mortals whose aspirations in the arts often far exceed their talents. Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Directed with tremendous style and vibrant, buoyant energy.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Hugh Grant is no less great (and has terrific chemistry with Streep) in his juiciest role in years as St. Clair.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Bill Zwecker

    This is an intelligent, deeply moving film that is about so much more than a rich lady with delusional dreams about her own musical abilities. It is, in fact, quite an uplifting homage to the spirit of confidence in the face of enormous adversity.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    It’s not necessary to be a classical-music buff to be charmed by this thoroughly entertaining film that never hits a false note.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Jason Solomons

    This is a fine, funny and moving film tribute to the efforts and passions of its titular heroine, a woman who lived out her dreams, at any price.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Leah Greenblatt

    It would be easy to mine Jenkins’ story for silly farce and 1940s set pieces and let it coast from there, but director Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) is too kind, and too nuanced, to do that. Even when she’s murdering a high C, his Florence finds the melody.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Ms. Streep is a delight, hilarious when she’s singing and convincingly on edge at all times.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Streep, who has long enjoyed playing women endowed with more than the average supply of gusto, makes the character’s delusional faith in her own talent so infectious that we ache at the thought of Florence’s impending humiliation even as we prepare ourselves to laugh at it.

    Slate Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    With Streep on grandstanding form and Grant given a rare chance to show his range, this is an intelligent dramedy that moves and amuses.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    Director Stephen Frears sketches out her tragic backstory, and Streep in grande dame mode is not to be missed.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Fionnuala Halligan

    Bouquets all round: Stephen Frears goes broad in Florence Foster Jenkins, and the appeal should be wide.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    For the incomparable Streep, it’s yet another performance in high C.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Johanna Schneller

    As fine as Streep is, however, it’s Grant’s movie.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    So, you're probably asking, what kind of a movie is this? A damn fine and funny one, thanks to the way the estimable director Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters, The Queen) conducts the piece.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Moira Macdonald

    The film belongs to Streep, who makes Florence a sweetly feathery dreamer — singing like an angel, in a voice that only she can hear.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    A one-joke movie, but it’s a pretty good joke, and the fact that it’s based on a true story only makes the gag more delicious.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Florence Foster Jenkins brims with love for its characters and forbearance for even their most blinkered self-deception.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    If you don’t confuse this with history – or with the French film “Marguerite,” a fictional piece loosely based on FFJ – you’ll come away touched. That’s mostly because of Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Florence Foster Jenkins is too much old-fashioned fun to saddle with ideas. Just sit back and let Meryl screech.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It’s mildly amusing when it should be funny, sentimental when it should be deep and all too easy when it should be unsettling. It’s still some kind of success, but a modest one.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Florence is hilarious, and sadly fragile, and Streep makes her pain both funny and poignant.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The result is at once a work of efficient charm and, to those of us who treasured Frears in his more acerbic phase, a mild disappointment.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It’s a wobbly, uneven, ultimately wonderful film — its unevenness befitting its title character, who we come to love despite her loopy lack of awareness of her own deficiencies.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It’s another showcase for Streep — nothing new on that front, but still enjoyable.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    It's a pleasure seeing Grant in a great part again, playing the sort of almost-cad he's best at. And Streep - who, in real life, can belt anything from Broadway to Bruce - is clearly having a ball singing badly.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Florence Foster Jenkins is an audience picture first and foremost: one wholly sympathetic to its eponymous subject’s delusional drive to delight crowds with or without the requisite artistry.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

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

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Will Ashton

    With its sensational production designs, lavish costumes and Grant providing one of his best performances in years (if not one of his best performances ever), Florence Foster Jenkins is appealing if ultimately slight.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Katie Rife

    Hugh Grant’s face is perpetually locked in a concerned grimace as Bayfield, whose mind always seems to be elsewhere when he’s not doting on his wife.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    [A] stagy, troubling, bizarrely entertaining movie.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The movie is a pleaser, for the most part, even though the attitude it takes toward its subject is often problematic.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Anna Smith

    A fizzy, funny, period dramedy with top-notch performances, Florence Foster Jenkins doesn't take many risks but it's a very entertaining experience. And yes, she was that bad.

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    A gentle and charming entertainment.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Stephen Dalton

    Florence Foster Jenkins is a modestly enjoyable crowd-pleaser, but it ultimately feels smaller than its subject, a deeply conventional portrait of a highly unconventional woman.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Elise Nakhnikian

    The film champions coddling people like Florence Foster Jenkins and treats critical thinking as the enemy.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Daniel Schindel

    Florence Foster Jenkins is nice, but only in the way that any undeservedly wealthy person considers themselves “nice” when they give a pittance to charity while sheltering as much as possible from the IRS and spending extravagantly on themselves.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Katie Walsh

    It’s a film that dares you to give it a bad review, simply so it can turn around and call you a bully who picks on the people who try. It invites you to giggle at Florence’s horrible singing and then promptly scolds you for laughing, creating a contradiction that goes unreconciled.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Oliver Jones

    While the film plays lip service (perhaps one too many times) to the healing power of music, it is really about how self-deception fuels and sustains. It may not keep us alive, but it will keep us going while we here.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Erin Whitney

    At its heart, Florence Foster Jenkins is about a woman at her most unabashedly genuine, and there’s something admirable about that.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
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  • 1. When I Have Sung My Songs to You Performer: Meryl Streep, London Metropolitan Orchestra & Terry Davies Stream Music Online
  • 4. Lakmé - Arr. Davies / Act 2: The Bell Song Performer: Aida Garifullina, Terry Davies & London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 29. Adele's Laughing Song (Mein Herr Marquis) Performer: Meryl Streep & Simon Helberg Stream Music Online
  • 31. Brahms: Wiegnelied, Op. 39 No. 4 Performer: Anne Sofie Von Otter, Bengt Forsberg Stream Music Online
  • 33. Der Hölle Rache Kocht in Meinem Herzen (Queen of the Night's Aria) Performer: Meryl Streep & Simon Helberg Stream Music Online

  • biography

  • carnegie hall

  • bad singing

  • singing out of tune

  • singer

  • concert

  • singing

  • manhattan new york city

  • gay

  • syphilis

  • heiress

  • pianist

  • opera singer

  • recording studio

  • marriage

  • platonic marriage

  • audition

  • vocal coach

  • new york city

  • newspaper reporter

  • recital

  • 1940s

  • character name in title

  • weight lifting

  • body building

  • wearing clothes in bed

  • venereal disease

  • what happened to epilogue

  • wild party

  • dream

  • bare chested male

  • sleeping on a sofa

  • doctor

  • kiss

  • restaurant

  • cafe

  • death

  • golf

  • song

  • party

  • u.s. sailor

  • u.s. soldier

  • buying a newspaper

  • newspaper headline

  • newspaper

  • infidelity

  • piano