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A Royal Affair Reviews

February 1, 2013
For all its incident, A Royal Affair is slow and picturesquely framed - more of a languorously animated coffee-table book than a gripping drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 2, 2013
Perhaps there's only so much to be done with a costume drama about illicit affairs and would-be coups.
December 7, 2012
What a piece of work is this historical drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 29, 2012
A Royal Affair covers plenty of stately ground, all in good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 21, 2012
A fascinating, stately thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 21, 2012
A crowned-heads soap opera that balances effectively between pomp and melodramatic circumstance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2012
A tragic love story, beautifully told.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2012
Even appreciated simply as a little-known chapter of European history, it proves consistently engrossing, edifying and affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2012
"A Royal Affair" is an engaging and entertaining film, one that might have been great, if only the history were different.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2012
The film moves along crisply, looks great and stimulates the brain (I am a sucker for torrid romances propelled by quotes from Rousseau and Voltaire.)
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2012
A Royal Affair is historical drama of the highest order - teeming with big ideas, and anchored by the nicely nuanced performances of Vikander and Mikkelsen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 15, 2012
History may not always be fun, but, at least in this case, it's fascinating.
| Original Score: 4/5
November 15, 2012
Director Nikolaj Arcel gets outstanding performances from all three of the principals, which enlivens the whole affair considerably.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 15, 2012
The film tells an intimate story with an enormous amount of grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2012
The storytelling ... is kind of amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 13, 2012
'Affair' is disappointingly conventional, much too decorous and, at two hours-plus, sometimes just plain dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 9, 2012
It does a fine job of dramatizing the pure power of ideas and the attraction of like minds. And what happens when those ideas, and that attraction, runs counter to the pleasures of the most powerful man in the land.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 9, 2012
"A Royal Affair" is basically a good-looking set of historical Cliffs Notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 8, 2012
This highly polished costume drama is exceptionally well-made and a model of intelligent restraint, but it is also unapologetically earnest and a bit on the bloodless side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 8, 2012
With its sumptuous settings, urgent romance and intellectual substance, A Royal Affair is a mind-opener crossed with a bodice-ripper.
November 8, 2012
Unfortunately it never fully comes to life.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
November 8, 2012
While it's lavish and lush in all the expected costume-drama ways, A Royal Affair never bogs down in period detail.
November 8, 2012
Nikolaj Arcel's sumptuous Danish romance looks much like other well-made costume dramas, barring a single, crucial exception: This is the only one with Mads Mikkelsen in the lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 8, 2012
This Scandinavian coproduction is essentially an old-fashioned period spectacle, offering the tried-and-true pleasure of romantic melodrama in fancy costumes.
November 8, 2012
Anyone eagerly awaiting Anna Karenina and Les Miserables shouldn't miss A Royal Affair.
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November 8, 2012
At least for a while, Arcel manages to animate the long-settled debate, at least until the inevitability of its resolution becomes too clear to overlook.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 8, 2012
As the power behind the throne once removed, Mikkelsen is well-cast as a strong leading man who is also convincing as an intellectual and reformer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 7, 2012
Director Arcel handles the material with a stately grace that compensates for the story's predictable trajectory, though humdrum period detail and monotonous pacing too often leave the proceedings feeling only partially aroused.
November 6, 2012
We are drawn undeniably to well-crafted beauty, power wielded for good and romance built upon authenticity, and A Royal Affair has all three in bounds.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 6, 2012
Intrigue and eroticism abound, all of it watchable, none of it particularly exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 12, 2012
Genuinely engrossing, if a little stiff, and it's only in the drama of the last five minutes that actor-of-the-moment Mikkelsen shows us what he's really made of.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5