• 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

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
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
Top Critic
February 16, 2013

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.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
February 16, 2013

In The King's Speech, Colin Firth once again reminds us of what a great actor he is.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
February 16, 2013

Classic, rousing entertainment loaded with both humor and poignancy.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
February 16, 2013

The King's Speech is the rare work of art that's also an immense crowdpleaser.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
Top Critic
February 16, 2013

Too ingratiating to resonate deeply.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
Top Critic
February 16, 2013

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 | Original Score: B+
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
September 7, 2011

The King's Speech is simultaneously cozy and majestic.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
January 31, 2011

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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
December 25, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4/4
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
December 24, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
December 24, 2010

"The King's Speech" is old-fashioned filmmaking at its best: a good story, elegantly told, and a joy to watch.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
December 24, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4/4
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
Top Critic
December 23, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4/4
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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December 21, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
December 21, 2010

A fully satisfying and uplifting period piece that achieves its dramatic potential without sacrificing historical accuracy.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
December 19, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4/4
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic
December 17, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Top Critic
December 17, 2010

Go! Enjoy!

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
December 16, 2010

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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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December 16, 2010

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.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
December 16, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
December 16, 2010

As the speechmaker and his speech teacher, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush elevate each other's game to the stratosphere and beyond.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
December 16, 2010

If the British monarchy is good for nothing else, it's superb at producing the subjects of films.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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December 10, 2010

The King's Speech is a lively burst of populist rhetoric, superbly performed and guaranteed to please even discriminating crowds.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
December 9, 2010

It's the odds-on favourite to win Best Picture at the next Academy Awards in February, and deservedly so.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic
December 3, 2010

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 | Original Score: A
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
December 2, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Top Critic
November 30, 2010

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 | Original Score: 5/5
Bob Mondello
NPR
Top Critic
November 29, 2010

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 | Original Score: 10/10
Ethan Alter
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
November 25, 2010

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
November 24, 2010

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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
Top Critic
November 24, 2010

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.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
Top Critic
November 24, 2010

A prestige film of enormous likability when it remembers to be a reverse My Fair Lady.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
Top Critic
November 23, 2010

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.

Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
Top Critic
November 23, 2010

... as a genteel middlebrow entertainment, [this] is largely very well-played indeed, and thus deserves to do well.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rex Reed
New York Observer
Top Critic
November 23, 2010

The King's Speech has left me speechless.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
Top Critic
November 22, 2010

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.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker
Top Critic
November 22, 2010

There is a kernel to this movie which feels harder and more stubborn than the pleasing, period fluff that enfolds it.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out
Top Critic
November 22, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4/5
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
November 22, 2010

It's a prizewinning combination, terribly English and totally Hollywood, and Firth is, once more, uncanny: He evokes, in mid-stammer, existential dread.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
September 14, 2010

The King's Speech adheres to every rule in the Oscar playbook.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
September 14, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
September 11, 2010

The King's Speech is one of the most pleasurable movies to come along in years.

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
September 6, 2010

A riveting, intimate account at how a British king triumphed over a speech impediment with the help of an unorthodox speech coach.

Peter Debruge
Variety
Top Critic
September 5, 2010

A stirring, handsomely mounted tale of unlikely friendship starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.