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.
| Original Score: 4/5
A charming, personal period drama.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
See it, then say it for yourself: The King's Speech is the best movie of 2010.
With a backdrop this large, The King's Speech can't help but seem monosyllabic.
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
Inspiring, funny, touching, and delivered with craftsmanship and artistry.
It's refreshing to see a historical drama avoid grand gestures and sweeping melodrama in favor of smaller more intimate stories.
| Original Score: A-
The King's Speech is admirably free of easy answers and simple, happy endings; it's a skewed, awards-ready version of history, but one polished to a fine, satisfying shine.
| Original Score: B+
A feel-good movie with a hearty dose of history and a hint of edge, a most-deserving Oscar winner
Despite the obvious movie structure that gets forced onto historical events, The King's Speech is a terrific film with great performances and an inspiring story.
| Original Score: 4.5/5