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A United Kingdom Reviews

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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
February 27, 2017
Films like A United Kingdom may offer a very familiar cinematic approach, but prove to be no less worthy of being told.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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