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A Royal Affair Reviews

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Simon Miraudo

Nikolaj Arcel's A Royal Affair doesn't quite have the potency of a fleeting, passionate romance, so much as it mimics the drawn-out dissolution of a relationship.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 7, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

The film is too tepid in its treatment of its central character and her situation to generate any real emotive charge.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 3, 2012
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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'Affair' is disappointingly conventional, much too decorous and, at two hours-plus, sometimes just plain dull.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 13, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

There is something boring in the state of Denmark.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

November 15, 2012
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Director Arcel handles the material with a stately grace that compensates for the story's predictable trajectory, though humdrum period detail and monotonous pacing too often leave the proceedings feeling only partially aroused.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 7, 2012
Kent Turner

It wants to burst out of its corset and get down-and-Dangerous Liaisons dirty ... the political backstabbing becomes less personal and more like a history lesson in fancy dress.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

November 13, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Unfortunately it never fully comes to life.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 8, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Intrigue and eroticism abound, all of it watchable, none of it particularly exciting.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

November 6, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Despite the presence of illicit sex, insanity, a smallpox epidemic and a climactic double beheading, this is a rather bloodless 'Affair.'

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 7, 2012
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Chances are a movie about 18th-century Danish history might not be a grabber. But this one could have been ...

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

November 29, 2012
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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For all its incident, A Royal Affair is slow and picturesquely framed - more of a languorously animated coffee-table book than a gripping drama.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 1, 2013
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
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
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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"A Royal Affair" is basically a good-looking set of historical Cliffs Notes.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2012
Eddie Harrison
The List

A Royal Affair is a welcome break from the current plethora of morbid Scandinavian thrillers; instead, Rasmus Heisterberg and Nikolaj Arcel have co-adapted an unfamiliar but well documented true story of 18th century Danish royalty.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

May 11, 2012
Amanda Mae Meyncke
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We are drawn undeniably to well-crafted beauty, power wielded for good and romance built upon authenticity, and A Royal Affair has all three in bounds.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

November 6, 2012
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
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

This gorgeously mounted, exquisitely acted slice of Danish history is, in this age of political polarisation, strangely and depressingly topical. I was certainly enlightened by the history here, which encompasses a Royal Tale of intrigue and passion.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

June 25, 2012

A beautifully nuanced and driven period drama at its finest with the added power of a true story behind it, making it a deserving box office hit to watch.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

June 17, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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This Scandinavian coproduction is essentially an old-fashioned period spectacle, offering the tried-and-true pleasure of romantic melodrama in fancy costumes.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 8, 2012
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