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The Queen (2006)

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 185
Fresh: 179 | Rotten: 6

Full of wit, humor, and pathos, Stephen Frears' moving portrait of the British royals during the period after Princess Diana's death features not one but two remarkable performances, that of Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II and Michael Sheen as the newly-ordained Prime Minister Tony Blair. They embody their characters and lay bare the motivations behind these prominent people, giving viewers a glimpse into the inner workings of the British monarchy.

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Average Rating: 8.6/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 0

Full of wit, humor, and pathos, Stephen Frears' moving portrait of the British royals during the period after Princess Diana's death features not one but two remarkable performances, that of Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II and Michael Sheen as the newly-ordained Prime Minister Tony Blair. They embody their characters and lay bare the motivations behind these prominent people, giving viewers a glimpse into the inner workings of the British monarchy.

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This is the story of the death of Princess Diana of Wales and the relationship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the British Royal Family upon hearing of her death.

PG-13,

Drama

Peter Morgan

Apr 24, 2007

$56.2M

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All Critics (186) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (179) | Rotten (6) | DVD (34)

A lesser director might make all of this deadly earnest, but Frears treats it as what you might call a tragi-comedy of manners, perfectly serious but human foibles everywhere.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org
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Both [Michael Sheen and Helen Mirren] understand the prickly push-and-pull that defines the fight -- the Gray Monarch v. the Great Modernizer -- and give quiet gravitas to the polite but firm standoffs.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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With its lavish imagery and elegant writing, The Queen is a majestic film, and Mirren is the heir apparent to be crowned best actress of the year.

November 22, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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In good times and bad, for good or ill, she is the public face of her nation. Mirren, Frears and Morgan let us see just how much a burden that mask has been.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Allows us to understand just how heavy the crown really sits.

October 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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We see not only the inner corridors of power, but also sense the inner workings of the royal mind. Stephen Frears' deft direction also gives the film insight and even humor.

October 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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The Queen will knock your socks off.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

Stuffed with stinging truths about swiftly turning winds of public opinion, Stephen Frears' film is a tough, fair-minded and, at times, morbidly satirical depiction of the extraordinary circumstance of leading in grief as well as government.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Trenchantly stages its climax around the passing of an era

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Surely to be considered at Oscar time.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A disappointingly claustrophobic play at sympathy for someone so out of touch with her 'subjects.' And why blow it up for the big screen? . . . Where's the arc? The tragic flaw? The ebbs and flows to her character? . . . A middle-of-the-pack chamber drama

October 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada) | Comment (1)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Director Stephen Frears' The Queen offers an incisive and utterly persuasive glimpse behind the scenes of recent history.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Whatever the Sex Pistols say, she is a human being.

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

The Queen is an unqualified triumph that works on all levels.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com
BrandonFibbs.com

Like the Queen, Mirren is saying: This is how you act, this is how you survive, this is how you reign.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

I was to this film. It's slow and plodding throughout, yet the format Frears brings to the table is gripping in its balance.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Calgary Movies
Calgary Movies

...a compelling drama that effectively humanizes the title character...

August 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

An intelligent script that keeps in the spirit and tone of Britain's House of Mountbatten-Windsor, and yet slyly manages a wink at the audience every now and then.

July 28, 2007
Reel.com

I never thought I'd get choked up over a movie about the stuffy upper-crust of the British monarchy, but then along came The Queen.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

... beneath the simple and straightforward facade lies a hidden depth that does not announce itself with dramatic intensity ...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

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June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Index.hr

The serio-comic approach offers a confusing portrait of the Queen's public and private faces: part sober drama, part high camp, part soap opera, and part right royal romp.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Un retrato íntimo e interesante en el que lo más sobresaliente es, por lejos, la sobria composición de Helen Mirren.

May 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Comment (1)
Uruguay Total

The remarkable achievement is not just in Helen Mirren's performance -- but in the sly, often almost imperceptible observations of how violently worlds can collide with a fleeting word, a subtle gesture.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

...the portrayal is no mere imitation; Mirren creates a living, breathing Queen Elizabeth that goes beyond the public image.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for The Queen

While it was good acting, casting, etc, I found the story to be biased in several ways. First of all, the fact that it was set during a very specific time. Less than a year, to be specific. This woman was (and still is, mind you) the Queen during amazing times of the 20th century and *that's* what is highlighted? No offense to Diana, of course, I do she think she was a lovely person. But I felt it was unfair to the Queen to an extent. Yes, these sentiments were expressed some, but everything made her look just *so* antiquated. Since then this woman has also met Lady Gaga. Then again, this is the trouble with making biopics of people, most of which are still alive and in power.
May 16, 2013
MeetMeinMontauk
Jennifer D

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Biopics about people who are still alive and very well known to everyone can be a very tricky thing. This movie is less a biopic than a glimpse at a dire situation in the life of Britain's royals. Shortly after young Tony Blair takes over the government of Great Britain Princess Di dies in Paris and the world expects the Windsors to react. Sadly, they don't. Most people probably did not realize how close the British people were to overthrow their royals due to their lack of reaction at that time. This film tries to explain what went on in Buckingham palace in the days that followed, even if some of the conversations depicted here have to be pure speculation. The script smartly balances between humorous observations and drama and the cast for it is excellent. Helen Mirren is an outstanding Elizabeth and Michael Sheen the perfect choice as Tony Blair. Their scenes together are a pleasure to see. Mirren even manages to turn it all around in the end and show the human being underneath the crown. Very interesting and entertaining.
August 27, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

A well-done, handsomely constructed look at The Royal Family and how they dealt with the death of Princess Diana, all while newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) attempted to steer the queen (Helen Mirren) from a potential disaster that would cast her in a bad light with her people. While it inevitably bogs down at times given director Stephen Frears indisputable methodical pacing to his films, it still remains a largely interesting, phenomenally acted film about the Family behind the scenes, and how the Queen avoided what could have been one of the most negative moments for her and her people by responding in a civil, respectable fashion. Mirren emobides the Queen fully, while Sheen proves to be an ideal fit as Blair. There are a few problems with it (notably James Cromwell as Phillip, the performance is fine, but the character seems shockingly one-note and underwritten), but it doesn't go on to long, and the array of old footage it offers is absolutely arresting.
July 6, 2012
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

The sudden death of Princess Di, the worldwide outpouring of public grief, and a vicious intruding media force the British Royal Family to kowtow to public opinion. An ugly affair all ways round told in the hushed tones that is the world of polite society. Good performances, necessary since all those portrayed are still alive and very public figures. Mirren took the Oscar for her portrayal of a soul trained all her life not to react for the life of a nation and then demanded to react by that same nation.
June 5, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

    1. Portrait artist: We're in danger of losing too much that is good about this country, as it is.
    – Submitted by Raj G (2 years ago)
    1. Queen Mother: Do you think any of your predecessors would have dropped everything and gone up to London because a bunch of hysterics carrying candles, needed help with their grief?
    – Submitted by Raj G (2 years ago)
    1. The Queen: A good walk and fresh air sorts everything out.
    – Submitted by Raj G (2 years ago)
    1. Prince Philip: [to the Queen] Come on! Move over cabbage!
    – Submitted by Raj G (2 years ago)
    1. Alastair Campbell: Well, at least the old bat's finally agreed to visit Diana's coffin.
    – Submitted by Raj G (2 years ago)
    1. Tony Blair: Will someone please save these people from themselves!
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
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