The Madness of King George Reviews

September 7, 2011
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.
June 18, 2002
In its own shambling, elliptical way it's an entertaining, memorable movie whose 2 1/2 hours go by without strain.
April 12, 2002
Hawthorne is by turn outrageous and pathetic and imperious and poignant and very funny.
May 12, 2001
The thrill of Hawthorne's astounding performance is not something you want to miss.
January 1, 2000
Without exception, the acting is top-notch.
January 1, 2000
[Hawthorne] turns what would surely be an unsympathetic role in lesser hands into something poetic -- and hysterical.
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.
January 1, 2000
Somehow ... this frail figure [George] is an immensely likable -- and, at times, deeply moving -- character.
January 1, 2000
The battle of wills between these two strong men [George and Willis] is the centerpiece of the movie, and hugely entertaining.
December 28, 1994