The King's Speech Reviews

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Gareth Simms
Platform
February 12, 2011
A conventional over-hyped picture lifted by unconventional fairly-hyped performances. Truly the m - m - most British movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
January 3, 2011
The problem isn't the performers, but the waste of potentially interesting aspects
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
November 19, 2010
The King's Speech remains a decorous bit of middlebrow mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 16, 2013
Too ingratiating to resonate deeply.
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
November 22, 2010
Tom Hooper turns history into formula. Can poor Bertie gather the nerves to address his people when duty calls? Take a wild guess.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
January 25, 2011
A scantily used Rorschach device typifies the wasted potential here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
February 25, 2011
The tone shifts, lamentably, from one buoyed by awkward comedy and very British charm to one that is more concerned with decorum and duty. What was a remarkably entertaining costume drama soon becomes a remarkable slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 49/100
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 11, 2012
Every quality amounts to a big so what? for me.
Full Review | Original Score: 56/100
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 16, 2010
Complacent middlebrow tosh engineered for maximum awards bling and catering to a nostalgia for the royalty we've never actually had to live with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
February 16, 2013
A polite, occasionally rousing, and more often than not, boring affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 24, 2010
Honestly, the thought of George VI flubbing his big moment pales in the larger picture. Via some closing text, we learn that he inspired the nation to strength. But politics is about more than being in fine voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
January 4, 2011
A stuffy melodrama tailored for the therapist acting-a-thon. A tragic combo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
Geekweek
November 8, 2010
I think it would be more effective on the stage, sans score and with only the implications of greater world events in the background.
Armond White
New York Press
November 23, 2010
Each scene in The King's Speech is so poorly staged that its ineptitude sometimes borders on the avant-garde.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
December 15, 2010
The Madness of King George (1994) is a lot more substantive than this precious bid for kneejerk Oscars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
Deborah Ross
The Spectator
February 20, 2015
The King's Speech is a joy, and I adore it.
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot
February 20, 2015
Everyone loves the story of an underdog, and everyone will love The King's Speech, a rare movie for grown-ups.
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
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