• 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

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
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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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
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
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
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
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The King's Speech is simultaneously cozy and majestic.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 7, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The King's Speech is the epitome of prestige cinema, an impeccably crafted and emotionally compelling drama that deserves the many laurels it surely will receive.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 31, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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It is an intelligent, winning drama fit for a king -- and the rest of us. And this year, there were far too few of those coming from Hollywood.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 4/4

December 25, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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OK, sure, "The King's Speech" obviously is feel-good Oscar bait, but who cares? It's also a terrific movie with two fantastic performances at its heart.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 24, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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"The King's Speech" is old-fashioned filmmaking at its best: a good story, elegantly told, and a joy to watch.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

December 24, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Put aside the finery, eloquent dialogue and sublime acting, and you have a marvelous odd couple farce featuring Bertie and Lionel, a timid, tongue-tied king and a casual, self-assured commoner.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

December 24, 2010
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Not merely a spot-on period piece; it's also a heartfelt study in the shadings of courage, a film about duty and friendship that's often warmly funny and sometimes painful to watch.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 4/4

December 23, 2010
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The King's Speech is a warm, wise film -- the best period movie of the year and one of the year's best movies, period.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

December 21, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A fully satisfying and uplifting period piece that achieves its dramatic potential without sacrificing historical accuracy.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 21, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Let's say it without equivocation: Colin Firth deserves an Oscar for his lead role in The King's Speech as the stammering King George VI.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 4/4

December 19, 2010
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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By now we almost take Firth's brilliance for granted. Almost. He's magnificent here, as are Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 17, 2010
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Go! Enjoy!

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

December 17, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Although everything can go wrong with a film before it gets to the casting stage, and often does, a couple of marvelous performances can elevate solid, well-carpentered material and make it something special.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 16, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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No holiday season would be complete without a starchy British historical drama, and the Weinstein Company obliges us this year with this pleasant story the Duke of York, who had to overcome a serious stammer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 16, 2010
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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With its rich source material shaped from real-life events, The King's Speech doesn't need to overplay its hand -- especially not with a king waiting in the hole.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 16, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As the speechmaker and his speech teacher, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush elevate each other's game to the stratosphere and beyond.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

December 16, 2010
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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If the British monarchy is good for nothing else, it's superb at producing the subjects of films.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

December 16, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The King's Speech is a lively burst of populist rhetoric, superbly performed and guaranteed to please even discriminating crowds.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 10, 2010
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It's the odds-on favourite to win Best Picture at the next Academy Awards in February, and deservedly so.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/4

December 9, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Among many other good things, The King's Speech, directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler, is a meditation on a transitional time when royalty was expected to speak to the nation and not just pose commandingly before it.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A

December 3, 2010
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Both actors completely inhabit their absorbing roles, relishing the opportunity their exchanges provide and adding unlooked-for layers to a complicated human relationship.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 2, 2010
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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One of the many remarkable things about The King's Speech is how this subtle film's central relationship speaks to the divisions between people.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 5/5

November 30, 2010
Bob Mondello
NPR
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Director Tom Hooper...could here be said to cross up underdog-biopic expectations in what amounts to a high-toned, elegantly upholstered buddy flick.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 10/10

November 29, 2010
Ethan Alter
Hollywood Reporter
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The King's Speech has been crafted to serve as an actors' showcase first and foremost and Firth and Rush don't disappoint.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter | Original Score: 3/4

November 25, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The King's Speech -- a crowning achievement powered by a dream cast -- digs vibrant human drama out of the dry dust of history.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 24, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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It's a warm, richly funny and highly enjoyable human story that takes an intriguing sideways glance at a crucial period in 20th-century history.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 24, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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A prestige film of enormous likability when it remembers to be a reverse My Fair Lady.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

November 24, 2010
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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A picnic for Anglophiles, not to mention a prospective Oscar bonanza for the brothers Weinstein, The King's Speech is a well-wrought, enjoyably amusing inspirational drama that successfully humanizes, even as it pokes fun at, the House of Windsor.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 23, 2010
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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... as a genteel middlebrow entertainment, [this] is largely very well-played indeed, and thus deserves to do well.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

November 23, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The King's Speech has left me speechless.

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

November 23, 2010
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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If you can get past the nagging sensation that what you're watching is a cynical calculation to appeal to the Academy, well, you'll be delighted, because the The King's Speech is undeniably charming.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

November 22, 2010
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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There is a kernel to this movie which feels harder and more stubborn than the pleasing, period fluff that enfolds it.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

November 22, 2010
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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The sense of period is strong and made especially real in scenes in which royalty find themselves incongruously in small, distinctly non-palatial homes.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 22, 2010
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's a prizewinning combination, terribly English and totally Hollywood, and Firth is, once more, uncanny: He evokes, in mid-stammer, existential dread.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

November 22, 2010
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The King's Speech adheres to every rule in the Oscar playbook.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 14, 2010
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Colin Firth excels as England's shy, repressed, stammering monarch, George VI (aka "Bertie"), in a performance that's deftly matched, syllable for syllable, by Geoffrey Rush.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 4/4

September 14, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The King's Speech is one of the most pleasurable movies to come along in years.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

September 11, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A riveting, intimate account at how a British king triumphed over a speech impediment with the help of an unorthodox speech coach.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 6, 2010
Peter Debruge
Variety
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A stirring, handsomely mounted tale of unlikely friendship starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 5, 2010
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