• 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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Gareth Simms
Platform

A conventional over-hyped picture lifted by unconventional fairly-hyped performances. Truly the m - m - most British movie ever made.

Full Review Source: Platform | Original Score: 5/10

February 12, 2011
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The problem isn't the performers, but the waste of potentially interesting aspects

Full Review Source: CinePassion

January 3, 2011
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

The King's Speech remains a decorous bit of middlebrow mush.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 19, 2010
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Too ingratiating to resonate deeply.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 16, 2013
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE

Tom Hooper turns history into formula. Can poor Bertie gather the nerves to address his people when duty calls? Take a wild guess.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

November 22, 2010
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

A scantily used Rorschach device typifies the wasted potential here.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 25, 2011
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

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 Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 49/100

February 25, 2011
Dan Jardine
Cinemania

Every quality amounts to a big so what? for me.

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 56/100

July 11, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 16, 2010
Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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A polite, occasionally rousing, and more often than not, boring affair.

Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com | Original Score: 3/5

February 16, 2013
Jimmy O
Film Snobs

A stuffy melodrama tailored for the therapist acting-a-thon. A tragic combo.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2/5

January 4, 2011
Luke Y. Thompson
Geekweek

I think it would be more effective on the stage, sans score and with only the implications of greater world events in the background.

Full Review Source: Geekweek

November 8, 2010
Armond White
New York Press

Each scene in The King's Speech is so poorly staged that its ineptitude sometimes borders on the avant-garde.

Full Review Source: New York Press

November 23, 2010
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

The Madness of King George (1994) is a lot more substantive than this precious bid for kneejerk Oscars.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2010
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
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant

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.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 4, 2012
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
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

It's a wonderfully delightful film filled with great performances, particularly from Firth and Rush. This is one of the best films of the year and should not be missed.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 22, 2012
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
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
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