A Royal Affair

2012

A Royal Affair

Critics Consensus

A Royal Affair is a lavish and sumptuous costume drama with a juicy story to back it up.

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A ROYAL AFFAIR is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen's heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII, the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism Struensee and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda, A ROYAL AFFAIR is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom for their people.(c) Magnolia Pictures

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Cast

Mads Mikkelsen
as Johann Friedrich Struensee
Alicia Vikander
as Queen Caroline Mathilde
Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
as King Christian VII
Trine Dyrholm
as Juliane Marie
David Denick
as Guldberg
David Dencik
as Guldberg
Bent Mejding
as J. H. E. Bernstoff
Cyron Bjørn Melville
as Enevold Brandt
Thomas W. Gabrielsson
as Schack Carl Rantzau
Harriet Walter
as Augusta - Princess of Wales
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  • For all its incident, A Royal Affair is slow and picturesquely framed - more of a languorously animated coffee-table book than a gripping drama.

    Feb 1, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film ends not on a happy note, naturally, but on a moment of hope. Love may not conquer all, but it has a power all its own.

    Jan 18, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Although the brazen lovers, bellicose ministers and backstabbing handmaidens are familiar elements, the film is so handsomely mounted that we happily endure the ride until the turning of the screws in the tragic last act.

    Jan 17, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps there's only so much to be done with a costume drama about illicit affairs and would-be coups.

    Jan 2, 2013
  • What a piece of work is this historical drama.

    Dec 7, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • A Royal Affair covers plenty of stately ground, all in good time.

    Nov 29, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
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