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The Madness of King George Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
Variety
August 22, 2006
Hytner's version of Bennett's comic-tragic drama of the tormented king who almost lost his mind confirms that power games, family scandals, and personal intrigues have always been integral to the British Crown, an institution both revered and reviled.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 12, 2006
It's Hawthorne's engaging performance that makes this drama both fun and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
August 12, 2005
Vastly entertaining, with more bite than you expect from a costume drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
September 21, 2004
Flawless acting. Hawthorne was robbed of an Oscar. Sorry, but it's true.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 23, 2004
So slick, so clever and so incredibly lucid that it neither leads to much in the way of thought, discussion or, unfortunately, repeat viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
July 10, 2003
Respectable actors aside, it's no more than a dryasdust history lesson.
| Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 7, 2003
Unusually faithful, magnificently performed.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 30, 2002
Shows how illness can turn one's world upside down and test one's mettle.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 27, 2002
Hawthorne is so good it almost hurts to watch.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
In its own shambling, elliptical way it's an entertaining, memorable movie whose 2 1/2 hours go by without strain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Hawthorne is by turn outrageous and pathetic and imperious and poignant and very funny.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani
Apollo Guide
October 9, 2001
We emotionally invest in the king, who is not simply a big joke but a vulnerable and somehow loveable fool.
| Original Score: 80/100
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
The thrill of Hawthorne's astounding performance is not something you want to miss.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Without exception, the acting is top-notch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
For those who, like myself, were disappointed in the play, the film contains pleasant surprises, all of them resulting from differences between the two arts.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The battle of wills between these two strong men [George and Willis] is the centerpiece of the movie, and hugely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Nigel Hawthorne garnered all the laurels for his Oscar-nominated performance, but don't overlook Rupert Everett's deliciously camp Regent-in-waiting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Somehow ... this frail figure [George] is an immensely likable -- and, at times, deeply moving -- character.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[Hawthorne] turns what would surely be an unsympathetic role in lesser hands into something poetic -- and hysterical.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
One of the unlikeliest but most likable movies of the 1990s.
| Original Score: 5/5
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