• 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


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The King's Speech Reviews

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Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

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 Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

January 14, 2014
Chris Knight
National Post

Surprisingly funny.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 14, 2014
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 8/10

November 9, 2013
Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 7, 2013
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 5.0/5

June 30, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: A

May 26, 2013
Jay Stone

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

Full Review Source: Canada.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 16, 2013
Thelma Adams
Us Weekly

A charming, personal period drama.

Full Review Source: Us Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 16, 2013
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

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

Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times

February 16, 2013
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

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

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago

February 16, 2013
Shawn Levy

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: A

February 16, 2013
Josh Jackson
Paste Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.6/10

February 16, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsday

February 16, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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In The King's Speech, Colin Firth once again reminds us of what a great actor he is.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 16, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Classic, rousing entertainment loaded with both humor and poignancy.

February 16, 2013
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Polished, thoughtful and touching.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3.5/4

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

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 4/4

February 16, 2013
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

February 16, 2013
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman

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

Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman | Original Score: A-

February 16, 2013
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

February 16, 2013
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