A Royal Affair


A Royal Affair

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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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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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Critic Reviews for A Royal Affair

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (98) | Rotten (11)

  • 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
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Royal Affair

  • Jun 13, 2013
    Danish King Christian VII's personal physician has an affair with the queen. A lush, with beautiful costumes and exquisite set design, and sprawling epic, this film is extraordinary. The three primary characters, portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, and Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, are compelling and interesting. Struensee's commitment to post-Enlightenment ideals and steely eyed romanticism make for a compelling leading man, and he perfectly complemented by Caroline's steadfastness. Christian VII is much like George III, and both make interesting characters. I learned a ton about Denmark and Danish history, and the conflict between religion and progress, faith and science makes for a timeless story. Overall, I enjoyed this film immensely, and all baseball fans will be distracted by how similar Mikkelsen looks compared to Freddy Garcia.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2013
    Beautiful and enthralling.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2013
    Straightforward but beautifully made and acted period piece that convincingly portrays the battle of political and social ideals alongside a passionate love affair, with the emphasis on character rather than plot.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2013
    A European film which does not lack the luster of the Hollywood films, but however still intelligent and substantial. This film takes a fascinating chapter in Danish history, little-known to general public, and presents it engagingly. The direction, acting and production are all top notch and worthy of the Oscar nod from the American Academy.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer

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