A Royal Affair Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
June 7, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
November 3, 2012
The film is too tepid in its treatment of its central character and her situation to generate any real emotive charge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
November 13, 2012
'Affair' is disappointingly conventional, much too decorous and, at two hours-plus, sometimes just plain dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 15, 2012
There is something boring in the state of Denmark.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
November 7, 2012
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.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
November 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 8, 2012
Unfortunately it never fully comes to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 6, 2012
Intrigue and eroticism abound, all of it watchable, none of it particularly exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 7, 2012
Despite the presence of illicit sex, insanity, a smallpox epidemic and a climactic double beheading, this is a rather bloodless 'Affair.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
November 29, 2012
Chances are a movie about 18th-century Danish history might not be a grabber. But this one could have been ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 1, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A well-crafted drama about three flawed individuals who changed the course of history in Denmark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
February 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 7/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
November 9, 2012
"A Royal Affair" is basically a good-looking set of historical Cliffs Notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eddie Harrison
The List
May 11, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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November 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: A-
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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
January 2, 2013
Perhaps there's only so much to be done with a costume drama about illicit affairs and would-be coups.
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
June 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
June 17, 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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 8, 2012
This Scandinavian coproduction is essentially an old-fashioned period spectacle, offering the tried-and-true pleasure of romantic melodrama in fancy costumes.
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