The King's Speech (2010)



Critic Consensus: Colin Firth gives a masterful performance in The King's Speech, a predictable but stylishly produced and rousing period drama.

Movie Info

After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Seidler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 19, 2011
Box Office: $138.8M
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


as King George 'Bertie'...

as Lionel Logue

as Archbishop Cosmo Lan...

as King Edward VIII

as Winston Churchill

as Myrtle Logue

as Stanley Baldwin

as Queen Mary

as Wallis Simpson

as King George V

as Queen Elizabeth

as Equerry

as Private Secretary

as Chauffeur

as BBC Radio Announcer

as Robert Wood

as BBC Technician

as Dr. Blandine-Bentham

as Laurie Logue

as Valentine Logue

as Anthony Logue

as Princess Elizabeth

as Princess Margaret

as Theatre Director

as Lord Wigram

as Lord Dawson

as Duke of Kent

as Duke of Gloucester

as Butler

as Boy in Regent's Park

as Steward

as Neville Chamberlain
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Critic Reviews for The King's Speech

All Critics (262) | Top Critics (48)

It's an uplifting audience pleaser that also showcases film-making arts and crafts at an exalted level.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
Daily Telegraph

Watching Firth agonisingly stammer his way through the closing speech at the Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium in 1925 is a masterclass in acting.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
Daily Star

All in all, The King's Speech is perfectly pleasant and completely unremarkable. As far as end-of-the-year Oscar bait goes, you could do a lot worse.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

A thoroughly satisfying drama about how history casts the most unlikely actors for its plum parts.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
Winnipeg Free Press

The King's Speech is a joy, and I adore it.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
The Spectator

Exceptional performances? To be sure. Exceptional movie? Not quite.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for The King's Speech


The Duke Of York hires an unconventional speech therapist when faced with Royal duties in the burgeoning media age to help him with a stammer that prevents his public speaking. The premise behind The King's Speech is a rather dry one and the trailers themselves make it seem to be a cross between The Madness Of King George and Pygmalion, but thanks to some winning performances and an interesting script portraying a behind the scenes window onto recent history it transcends the traditional comedy of manners formula that nearly all British films seem obliged to follow. Colin Firth's portrayal of a man thrust into the public eye by events beyond his control is sublime and it's fascinating to see a snapshot of the man behind a public face completely controlled by propriety and social convention. There's a real warmth in his unlikely friendship with a brewer's son from Australia and the gentle humour and subtle direction makes a very refreshing change from the ADHD firework displays that seem to make up the vast majority of modern cinema. Maybe not the masterpiece its multi-award winning reputation suggests, but a quality cast and sensitive storytelling make for a fine lightly comic and insightful historical character study.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

The story of the stuttering king of England is a story of friendship. To behold how Geoffrey Rush slowly teaches Colin Firth to talk without fear and stutters while they are bonding, is a pleasure. Every scene between those two acting giants is pure gold. The rest of the cast is just as excellent. While the camera work is very unusual and odd at times, in the end it works in favor of the film, emphasizing the characters. The witty and smart screenplay takes a somewhat boring sounding premise and turns it into one of the most pleasing films of the year. Makes you happy.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Overrated and forgettable.

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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