• 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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Gareth Simms
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
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
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
Top Critic
February 16, 2013

Too ingratiating to resonate deeply.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Kohn
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
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
July 11, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 56/100
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
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
Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic
February 16, 2013

A polite, occasionally rousing, and more often than not, boring affair.

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
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
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
Ben Kendrick
October 4, 2012

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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
Jeff Beck
September 22, 2012

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 | Original Score: 4/4
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
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-
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