A United Kingdom Reviews

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June 8, 2020
A slow-building but powerful example of history informing our current problems.
May 4, 2020
The film doesn't work until Oyelowo and Pike sell the romance, which they absolutely do.
November 14, 2019
With its solid performances, Asante's direction and Hibbert's screenplay, A United Kingdom is a beautifully told love story but its melodramatic tones simplify what was a historically complex relationship.
October 21, 2019
David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike as Seretse and Ruth ably carry the film.
September 6, 2019
Despite the feeling that this couple feels a bit too heroic and strong enough to stand up to the Evil Empire, their love story rings true. They make an engaging couple whose faces both shine when on screen together.
August 30, 2019
A rich slice of political history and a true story I wasn't familiar with...
March 12, 2019
It is very predictable but I was invested enough to find it entertaining.
November 19, 2018
Asante's film successfully balances the personal and the political...to create a very moving insight into an almost overlooked but crucial chapter that defined the recent history of two countries.
November 1, 2018
There isn't a shred of irony here, but a sly sense of subversion as Assante places not only a little-known piece of history, but an interracial romance at that, in the bold, proud and dignified tradition British historical narratives.
August 27, 2018
Oyelowo in particular is utterly at ease, a man born to leading roles.
August 20, 2018
This story is great filmmaking, and director Asante makes the end result look and feel effortless. Her eye for detail elevates every frame, and her gentle way with actors leaves them room to do what they do best.
August 3, 2018
What made Botswana a success and its next-door neighbor Zimbabwe a complete disaster? A part of the answer can be found in the new and excellent movie A United Kingdom.
April 10, 2018
This is rattlingly good tale well told, with the added bonus that many may not be familiar with it.
December 19, 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 7, 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]
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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