• PG-13, 1 hr. 58 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Tom Hooper
  • In Theaters:    Nov 26, 2010 Limited
  • On DVD:    Apr 19, 2011
  • The Weinstein Company

The King's Speech Reviews

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Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
January 14, 2014

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Knight
National Post
January 14, 2014

Surprisingly funny.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
November 9, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine
November 7, 2013

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

John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: A
Jay Stone
Canada.com
February 16, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thelma Adams
Us Weekly
February 16, 2013

A charming, personal period drama.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
February 16, 2013

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

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
February 16, 2013

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

Shawn Levy
Oregonian
February 16, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Josh Jackson
Paste Magazine
February 16, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 8.6/10
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
Top Critic
February 16, 2013

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.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
February 16, 2013

In The King's Speech, Colin Firth once again reminds us of what a great actor he is.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
February 16, 2013

Classic, rousing entertainment loaded with both humor and poignancy.

Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 16, 2013

Polished, thoughtful and touching.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
February 16, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 16, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
February 16, 2013

It's refreshing to see a historical drama avoid grand gestures and sweeping melodrama in favor of smaller more intimate stories.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
Top Critic
February 16, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
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