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The King's Speech (2010)



Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 240
Fresh: 226 | Rotten: 14

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


Average Rating: 8.9/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 2

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



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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).



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Apr 19, 2011


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A powerful back story does not necessarily improve a movie, but The King's Speech has a pretty irresistible one. It might even end with a dramatic night at the Oscars in February.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
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In The King's Speech, Colin Firth once again reminds us of what a great actor he is.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Classic, rousing entertainment loaded with both humor and poignancy.

February 16, 2013
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The King's Speech is the rare work of art that's also an immense crowdpleaser.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Too ingratiating to resonate deeply.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The King's Speech is simultaneously cozy and majestic.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Call it a glossy inspirational inversion of Pygmalion, or a sports flick for those who prefer royals to athletes, but there's no denying the universal appeal of director Tom Hooper's tastefully wrapped package.

January 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Surprisingly funny.

January 14, 2014 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

The King's Speech features a fantastic, awards courting performance by Firth and is also brilliantly written, resulting in a surprisingly tense and very entertaining watch.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Hooper...has become something of a specialist in exhuming British history from the mothballs of Masterpiece Theatre.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

An inspiring story about one man's quest to overcome a speech impediment to lead his nation.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Tom Hooper delves beneath the pomp and circumstance to root out the essence of his characters, while also making them immensely relatable.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

It is a wonderful entertainment, a fascinating history lesson and a showcase for several delightful performances.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source:

A polite, occasionally rousing, and more often than not, boring affair.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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A charming, personal period drama.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Us Weekly
Us Weekly

See it, then say it for yourself: The King's Speech is the best movie of 2010.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

The King's Speech is an entertainingly crafted movie that doesn't linger too long in the mind.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

It's a fine, absorbing work, built with brilliance and without excessive showiness or flash. It feels, in fact, like a classic virtually upon its arrival.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian

The relationship between a commoner teacher and regal student provides for enough drama, and the obstacle overcome is both inspiring and unique.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Polished, thoughtful and touching.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Inspiring, funny, touching, and delivered with craftsmanship and artistry.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.
August 13, 2013
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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.
April 29, 2013

Super Reviewer

Overrated and forgettable.
April 12, 2013

Super Reviewer

Movies truly don't get any better than this film that we have here. Colin Firth gives a triumphant and towering performance, just when we thought with his performance in last year's A Single Man couldn't get better, well he exceeds expectations and gives an amazing performance that will be talked about for years. Geoffrey Rush is magnificent, he gives his best performance in years and shines with great commitment, humor and heart. Rush and Firth gives incredibly inspiring and heart-filled performances that will stand the test of time. Guy Pearce is terrific. Helena Bonham Carter is wonderful. This movie is a total must-see for everyone. It's deeply moving, very funny, heartbreaking and absolutely unforgettable. An irresistible and fascinating film that just fills your heart with joy. This movie is a true masterpiece. An excellent movie that i loved and truly will never forget. One of the greatest and most inspirational movies ever made. It delivers some of the finest acting and storytelling told in film.
November 12, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Lionel Logue: Do you know any jokes?
    2. King George VI: ...Timing isn't my strong suit.
    – Submitted by Edward A (7 months ago)
    1. George 'Bertie' VI: For the second time in the lives of most of us we are at war. Over and over again we have tried to find a peaceful way out of the differences between ourselves and those who are now our enemies. But it has been in vain. We have been forced into a conflict. For we are called, with our allies, to meet the challenge of a principle which, if it were to prevail, would be fatal to any civilized order in the world. Such a principle, stripped of all disguise, is surely the mere primitive doctrine that might is right. For the sake of all that we ourselves hold dear, and of the world?s order and peace, it is unthinkable that we should refuse to meet the challenge. It is to this high purpose that I now call my people at home and my peoples across the seas, who will make our cause their own. I ask them to stand calm and firm, and united in this time of trial. The task will be hard. There may be dark days ahead, and war can no longer be confined to the battlefield. But we can only do the right as we see the right and reverently commit our cause to God.
    – Submitted by Jean R (12 months ago)
    1. George 'Bertie' VI: I'm not here to discuss personal matters.
    2. Lionel Logue: Why are you here then?
    3. George 'Bertie' VI: Because I bloody well stammer!
    4. Lionel Logue: Temper.
    – Submitted by Jean R (13 months ago)
    1. George 'Bertie' VI: If I'm King, where's my power? Can I form a government? Can I levy a tax, declare a war? No! And yet I am the seat of all authority. Why? Because the nation believes that when I speak, I speak for them. But I can't speak.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (19 months ago)
    1. Lionel Logue: Please don't smoke. I believe sucking cigarette smoke into your lungs will kill you.
    2. George 'Bertie' VI: I need to relax. My physicians say it relaxes the throat.
    3. Lionel Logue: They're idiots.
    4. George 'Bertie' VI: They've all been knighted.
    5. Lionel Logue: Makes it official then.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (19 months ago)
    1. Queen Elizabeth: I intend to be a very great a very great king.
    – Submitted by Sarah K (2 years ago)
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