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A United Kingdom Reviews

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June 26, 2017
Unfortunately, the film does its subjects little credit, suffering from directing and writing choices that keep it from achieving its potential.
June 21, 2017
This politically charged love story is beautifully told even as the timeline of events is rearranged and compressed for a two-hour film.
May 9, 2017
The results are more correct than brilliant, since its director has opted for a classic narration. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 9, 2017
Oyelowo is wholly credible in the role as a man obliged to balance the responsibility of his birthright and the needs of his heart. Gone Girl's Pike, often a chilly presence onscreen, generates sufficient warmth for the role of Ruth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 3, 2017
Amma Asante's third film is a tastefully made true-life story, based around a forgotten romance that caused familial, national and international strife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 22, 2017
I love that [Asante] has found a particular narrative that means something to her... But still, A UNITED KINGDOM is a disappointing effort from a promising director.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 15, 2017
The film begins strong, as an account of a forbidden love. But midway, that thread peters out, giving way to an uninspired description about the political machinations behind giving an African protectorate its independence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 10, 2017
It would have been easy for one of these plot threads to strangle the other, but the crisp writing, strong direction by Amma Asante plus Oscar-worthy performances by Oyelowo and Pike make each story support the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 5, 2017
Oyetolo ("Selma") and Pike ("Gone Girl") are simply heartbreaking, either together or apart, in turning back family biases and political racism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2017
A welcome reminder that, even in the direst of situations and in the most impossible of times, love can indeed trump hate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 4, 2017
A sturdy historical drama that doubles as a love story and a surprisingly timely appeal for tolerance and understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 3, 2017
Compassionate, if shallow, it's an inspiring geopolitical biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
March 3, 2017
A United Kingdom eventually settles for a modest spot on the good section of the quality spectrum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2017
Only slightly more stirring than a Wikipedia entry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 2, 2017
A warm, welcoming story of love crossing all borders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 2, 2017
A United Kingdom combines history, romance and political intrigue for a solid and ultimately satisfying dramatic story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 2, 2017
There's nothing wrong with it, but it has a stolid predictability, moving from frustration to triumph with the clanking regularity of a well-built clock that nevertheless could do with a little oiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 2, 2017
It honors this extraordinary couple's defiant and unwavering love for each other, but it doesn't celebrate it much beyond a cliched falling-in-love montage and a chaste wedding-night scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 1, 2017
The love is there; what's missing is the care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 28, 2017
Fascinating history told in less than romantic, abrupt strokes
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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