The King's Speech Reviews

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David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
February 20, 2015
It's an uplifting audience pleaser that also showcases film-making arts and crafts at an exalted level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Frank
Daily Star
February 20, 2015
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 | Original Score: 10/10
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
February 20, 2015
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.
Randall King
Winnipeg Free Press
February 20, 2015
A thoroughly satisfying drama about how history casts the most unlikely actors for its plum parts.
Deborah Ross
The Spectator
February 20, 2015
The King's Speech is a joy, and I adore it.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 20, 2015
Exceptional performances? To be sure. Exceptional movie? Not quite.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
February 20, 2015
A superior historical drama and a sincerely inspiring movie experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
February 20, 2015
It's beautifully shot, wonderfully acted and built around a moment of suspense Hitchcock would have been proud of.
February 20, 2015
Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth [give] two greedily captivating but seemingly effortlessly rendered performances that fill out screenwriter David Seidler's characterisations with the charisma and commanding presence of two actors at the top of their game.
John Serba
MLive.com
February 20, 2015
Firth masterfully conveys the ego of royalty undercut so sharply by the humility of Albert's predicament.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
February 20, 2015
The King's Speech is the kind of history lesson you wish you had gotten in school, an inspiring private story behind a public person that layers high-minded ideals and occasionally lowbrow humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Reader
February 20, 2015
The film is richly rooted, with splendid trappings, including pea-soup fogs. For all the pomp and protocol, it's an intimate story about a scared man who must find his voice if he is to rise, in regal stature, above his epaulets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Craig D. Lindsey
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
February 20, 2015
This year's likable Brit period piece that will most likely win over both awards voters and older audiences looking for something to see that's not in 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
February 20, 2015
This is prestige-moviemaking at a high level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Anita Katz
San Francisco Examiner
February 20, 2015
Rush is enormously entertaining as the free-spirited Lionel (at one point he plunks himself down on the throne, rendering the king horror-struck). He also makes his character's sadder shades felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Renshaw
Salt Lake City Weekly
February 20, 2015
The surprise may be that for all the attention on Firth -- who's certainly good -- Rush actually proves more impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
February 20, 2015
Here's how you know Colin Firth's performance in this movie is among the year's very finest: He plays a figure born into almost unimaginable wealth, privilege and power and succeeds at making you feel sorry for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ray Pride
Newcity
February 20, 2015
Tom Hooper's movie, from 73-year-old David Seidler's script, is more than the sum of its words, preserving two ham-on-wry performances in a pig-headed reversal of Pygmalion.
Matt Wolf
The Arts Desk
February 20, 2015
Movies love odd couples, and The King's Speech offers up a regal one in the voiceless monarch and his insistent teacher and confidant, Lionel, who wins a place in the abject Bertie's heart that few in his family are seen to have done.
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies
February 20, 2015
The handsomely made and deeply moving King's Speech is one of 2010's best and most heartwarming films, and it should clean up mightily come awards season.
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