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A Royal Affair Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A well-crafted drama about three flawed individuals who changed the course of history in Denmark.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 30, 2013
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Out of some dry lines, Shakespearean allusions, and its playing with statecraft as stagecraft, this slowly emerges as more than just some ruffle-collared, frilly-cuffed throne-porn-there's a sharp quill and glinting eye behind the gilt-edged curtain.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

May 6, 2013
Chris Sawin

The performances are powerful and the set pieces are exquisite, but the conclusion will leave you feeling enormously agitated thanks to what seems like the encouragement of thickheadedness.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

February 8, 2013
Emanuel Levy

Denmark's Oscar nominee is a fact-inspired historical melodrama, but it's intriguing, elegantly shot, and well acted by the actors forming the romantic triangle.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

February 6, 2013
Chris Knight
National Post

The heady mix of power, politics, ideology, romance and corsets is a rare, royal feast.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 5, 2013
Katherine Monk

It's all high-drama and in the hands of director Arcel, every little knot in this detailed needlepoint is handled to period perfection.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2013
Mike Scott

A sumptuous slice of period drama and real-life palace intrigue.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 4/5

January 25, 2013
Sarah Boslaugh

...a splendid demonstration of the old adage that political films are really not about the time they are set in, but the time in which they are made.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 7/10

January 19, 2013
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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The film ends not on a happy note, naturally, but on a moment of hope. Love may not conquer all, but it has a power all its own.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

January 18, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Although the brazen lovers, bellicose ministers and backstabbing handmaidens are familiar elements, the film is so handsomely mounted that we happily endure the ride until the turning of the screws in the tragic last act.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 17, 2013
Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
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Perhaps there's only so much to be done with a costume drama about illicit affairs and would-be coups.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 2, 2013
Brent Simon

Gorgeously photographed if familiarly constructed, it's more or less catnip for urban foreign film aficionados and the NPR set, breathing life into period piece lust and intrigue.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

December 12, 2012
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The characters in the story are interesting, even if they are not quite as interesting as the historical people on which the characters in this film are based.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

December 10, 2012
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

In the immortal words of King Louis XVI -- or was it Mel Brooks? -- it's good to be the king.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 7, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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What a piece of work is this historical drama.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 7, 2012
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Arcel directs with sympathy for all three of the main characters and doesn't make pure villains of the others.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 7, 2012
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

It is certainly competent, lovely to look at, but leaves little lasting impression.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

December 7, 2012
Dan Lybarger
KC Active

Sometimes falling in love can really change the world or at least the fate of a nation.

Full Review Source: KC Active | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 29, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A Royal Affair covers plenty of stately ground, all in good time.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 29, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Slow moving factually based historical drama about political intrigue and sex among the royals in 18th century oppressive Denmark.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

November 26, 2012
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