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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.
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 1, 2017
The love is there; what's missing is the care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 2, 2017
In profile, A United Kingdom couldn't look more charismatic. When you come a little closer? Not so much. It's not the actors' fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 24, 2016
A United Kingdom is well-intentioned, with impassioned performances from Oyelowo and Pike, but it's executed as drily and inoffensively as so many middling Brit period dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
February 7, 2017
Asante's already proven she can world-build while wrangling a romance with her indie hit Belle, but she needs a jewel of a script, and this one is no diamond.
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
December 27, 2016
Asante's handsome, glossy account of the Williams-Khama alliance, masks a great deal of ugliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2017
A United Kingdom doesn't wholly escape a feeling of didacticism, with characters made subservient to a glorified history lesson, rather than leaping off the screen as living, breathing people.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.7/10
September 13, 2016
A shallow and sentimental romance, not doing justice to a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 3, 2017
Only slightly more stirring than a Wikipedia entry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 25, 2016
You should probably read the book instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2017
At the end of the movie, a crawl tells us of the amazing accomplishments Seretse and Ruth did in their later years. And you wonder how much more satisfying this movie could have been had these been part of this story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 9, 2017
As its lead characters take a stance against prejudice, they're so noble and symbolically important that they're also two-dimensional and boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 10, 2017
A United Kingdom is well made and well-intentioned. But Asante is also saddled with a script from Guy Hibbert that spells out everything for the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 27, 2016
Only Ms Pike, fishing for humanity in the waters of the preachy-pantomimic, makes viewing bearable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 15, 2017
"A United Kingdom" features committed performances and illuminates events that are, in themselves, worthy of note. It's not a bad film, just, strangely, not a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 16, 2017
The film grows... dully instructional.
September 10, 2016
Treats their love story like another Disney princess movie, reducing the drama to a series of polite disagreements between the couple and the cardboard officiates who opposed their union.
February 9, 2017
Outside of confirming its stars' presence, A United Kingdom is more valuable as history than filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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