A United Kingdom Reviews

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March 13, 2019
Oyelowo and Pike are superb, but everything else about this film feels desperately formulaic.
November 1, 2018
A United Kingdom is remarkably dry and clichéd and fails to find much depth in this story that defied one kingdom and united another.
August 24, 2018
The film takes a mild tone; it's predictable and fails to deliver the intensity and urgency of the situation and its far-reaching influence.
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.
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.
March 3, 2017
Only slightly more stirring than a Wikipedia entry.
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.
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.
March 1, 2017
The love is there; what's missing is the care.
February 24, 2017
Noble but stuffy, "A United Kingdom's" good intentions suffer from its dull, predictable beats.
February 16, 2017
The film grows... dully instructional.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 9, 2017
Outside of confirming its stars' presence, A United Kingdom is more valuable as history than filmmaking.
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 ...
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