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.
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
Hooper...has become something of a specialist in exhuming British history from the mothballs of Masterpiece Theatre.
An inspiring story about one man's quest to overcome a speech impediment to lead his nation.
| Original Score: 5.0/5
Tom Hooper delves beneath the pomp and circumstance to root out the essence of his characters, while also making them immensely relatable.
| Original Score: A
It is a wonderful entertainment, a fascinating history lesson and a showcase for several delightful performances.
A polite, occasionally rousing, and more often than not, boring affair.
| Original Score: 3/5
A charming, personal period drama.
See it, then say it for yourself: The King's Speech is the best movie of 2010.
The King's Speech is an entertainingly crafted movie that doesn't linger too long in the mind.
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.
The relationship between a commoner teacher and regal student provides for enough drama, and the obstacle overcome is both inspiring and unique.
| Original Score: 8.6/10
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.
In The King's Speech, Colin Firth once again reminds us of what a great actor he is.
Classic, rousing entertainment loaded with both humor and poignancy.
Polished, thoughtful and touching.
The King's Speech is the rare work of art that's also an immense crowdpleaser.
| Original Score: 4/4
Too ingratiating to resonate deeply.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Inspiring, funny, touching, and delivered with craftsmanship and artistry.