A United Kingdom Reviews

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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.
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.
February 24, 2017
Noble but stuffy, "A United Kingdom's" good intentions suffer from its dull, predictable beats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 16, 2017
Although the relationship lacks a certain fire, the acting is superb.
February 16, 2017
Vividly depicted by Oyelowo and Pike, the noble pair show that sometimes love and determination can make a difference.
Top Critic
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.
February 16, 2017
It's fine, but it should have been so much more.
February 15, 2017
A fact-based political romance about one of the most remarkable love stories you've never heard about.
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 15, 2017
A United Kingdom never sacrifices its narrative in favor of making a statement and it rarely resorts to sermonizing.
February 10, 2017
A United Kingdom, with its saintly good folk and sneering bad folk emptily exhorting, is closer to a dry historical tutorial.
February 10, 2017
It's a film that's carried by its stars.
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
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.
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.
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