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A United Kingdom Reviews

February 24, 2017
Screenwriter Guy Hibbert and Asante pull off a precision balancing act, illuminating the intensity of the love the couple shared and never once allowing their romance to take a back seat to the issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 24, 2017
Director Amma Asante is carving a niche for herself, making gorgeous-looking cinema from untold histories. Her best asset here is Oyelowo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2017
Noble but stuffy, "A United Kingdom's" good intentions suffer from its dull, predictable beats.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 23, 2017
Oyelowo and Pike make for a convincing couple, even if the romance is the love-at-first-sight variety that requires a certain leap of faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 23, 2017
It makes no bones about attempting to turn a story of cross-cultural romance and international politics into a solid crowd-pleaser. But it doesn't strike that irresistible spark.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 23, 2017
Oyelowo captures Seretse's quiet dignity while also hinting at the limits of his patience. And Pike is compelling as a woman who rises to the occasion regardless of the circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2017
Oyelowo's Seretse can both deliver a barnburner of a speech and put a gentle world of meaning into a quiet "Thank you, my love"; Pike's Ruth wears her wide-open heart on her face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 16, 2017
The film grows... dully instructional.
February 16, 2017
Oyelowo and Pike have solid chemistry together. Oyelowo gets the big, speechifying, showcase moments -- but Pike shines in quieter scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2017
Although the relationship lacks a certain fire, the acting is superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 16, 2017
Vividly depicted by Oyelowo and Pike, the noble pair show that sometimes love and determination can make a difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2017
Asante resorts to a few corny clichés (spinning newspaper headlines to denote time, place and issues of the day), but she has a charming way with the actors and her leads are truly irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2017
It's fine, but it should have been so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 15, 2017
A fact-based political romance about one of the most remarkable love stories you've never heard about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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 15, 2017
A United Kingdom never sacrifices its narrative in favor of making a statement and it rarely resorts to sermonizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 10, 2017
A United Kingdom, with its saintly good folk and sneering bad folk emptily exhorting, is closer to a dry historical tutorial.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 10, 2017
It's a film that's carried by its stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
February 9, 2017
An interracial romance between a British clerk and African royalty highights a historical flashpoint and offers a primo acting showcase for Oyelowo and Pike. It's a defiant cry from the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 9, 2017
You might wish this extraordinary story had been told with more verve or flair. Yet it is an extraordinary story, solidly based on historical events, one in which love and idealism are confronted by racism on both sides of the color line.
Top Critic
February 9, 2017
This enormously satisfying story honors the smiling, courageous couple we see in a photo behind the closing credits.
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 9, 2017
It's hard not to react exactly as the script intends, heartstrung by every fresh hardship or victory.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 9, 2017
The opening title "Based on a true story" can cover a multitude of movie sins, but in "A United Kingdom," it unlocks the door to a romantic drama that grows more remarkable by the minute.
February 9, 2017
It's Mr. Oyelowo who truly makes "A United Kingdom" a deeper, more rewarding film.
February 9, 2017
Outside of confirming its stars' presence, A United Kingdom is more valuable as history than filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
February 6, 2017
On the whole, Asante's movie, though crammed with the white man's treachery, has a dulled and inoffensive sheen ...
January 2, 2017
The result is a rich, stirring look at one of modern society's most enduring -- and yes, inspirational -- marriages, underpinned by political machinations that remain all too relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 10, 2016
Exactly the film you imagine it's going to be: handsome, honey-coloured and simplistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 10, 2016
A rousing true love story brings African history to life.
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.