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A United Kingdom Reviews

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December 18, 2017
Oyelowo and Pike make attractive leads -- particularly when contrasted with the cold-hearted, sherry-sipping, upper-crusty British bureaucrats -- and naturally, you'll root for their success.
December 6, 2017
As in her previous film, Belle, Amma Asante chooses the love story to talk about problems of the past that are reflected today. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 1, 2017
Wins on many levels. It's an absorbing true love story, a well-crafted (and gorgeously filmed) historic piece. And, it's a testament to what Romeo and Juliet knew all along. Love is bigger than family feuds, politics and, in this case, color
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
October 17, 2017
One of the great British films of 2016: it will send you out into the night knowing a little more about the world and, just possibly, quietly determined to do a little better by it. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 20, 2017
[David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike] generate enough heat to light up the entirety of what would otherwise be a pretty dim and drab motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 15, 2017
To assume that such themes are not still as important today would be foolhardy, but the sheer overtness of it is confronting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 12, 2017
Though A United Kingdom has an emotional arc that is too predictable, its resurrection of a widely forgotten piece of twentieth-century history is worthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 11, 2017
I'm just going to tell you that A United Kingdom revealed to me an interesting historical incident of which I was previously unaware, tying it to some broader historical issues that are continuingly relevant.
September 11, 2017
Asante sometimes resorts to standard-issue storytelling moments...But these moments are effective because the story is so compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 28, 2017
A United Kingdom makes the most of a titbit of history. Aspects of this true story connect to all sorts of history well known, yet little of its history is known. This is a connect-the-dots history.
August 23, 2017
A United Kingdom doesn't shrink from presenting explosive racial issues.
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
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