The Queen


The Queen (2006)


Critic Consensus: Full of wit, humor, and pathos, Stephen Frears' moving portrait looks at life of the British royals during the period after Princess Diana's death.


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This is the story of the death of Princess Diana of Wales and the relationship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the British Royal Family upon hearing of her death.

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Helen Mirren
as The Queen
Michael Sheen
as Tony Blair
James Cromwell
as Prince Philip
Sylvia Syms
as The Queen Mother
Alex Jennings
as Prince Charles
Helen McCrory
as Cherie Blair
Roger Allam
as Sir Robin Janvrin
Tim McMullan
as Stephen Lamport
Mark Bazeley
as Alastair Campbell
Earl Cameron
as Portrait artist
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Critic Reviews for The Queen

All Critics (195) | Top Critics (49)

A lesser director might make all of this deadly earnest, but Frears treats it as what you might call a tragi-comedy of manners, perfectly serious but human foibles everywhere.

Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Both [Michael Sheen and Helen Mirren] understand the prickly push-and-pull that defines the fight -- the Gray Monarch v. the Great Modernizer -- and give quiet gravitas to the polite but firm standoffs.

Feb 3, 2007 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

With its lavish imagery and elegant writing, The Queen is a majestic film, and Mirren is the heir apparent to be crowned best actress of the year.

Nov 22, 2006 | Rating: A

In good times and bad, for good or ill, she is the public face of her nation. Mirren, Frears and Morgan let us see just how much a burden that mask has been.

Nov 3, 2006 | Rating: 5/5

Allows us to understand just how heavy the crown really sits.

Oct 27, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

We see not only the inner corridors of power, but also sense the inner workings of the royal mind. Stephen Frears' deft direction also gives the film insight and even humor.

Oct 27, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Queen

While it was good acting, casting, etc, I found the story to be biased in several ways. First of all, the fact that it was set during a very specific time. Less than a year, to be specific. This woman was (and still is, mind you) the Queen during amazing times of the 20th century and *that's* what is highlighted? No offense to Diana, of course, I do she think she was a lovely person. But I felt it was unfair to the Queen to an extent. Yes, these sentiments were expressed some, but everything made her look just *so* antiquated. Since then this woman has also met Lady Gaga. Then again, this is the trouble with making biopics of people, most of which are still alive and in power.

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer


Biopics about people who are still alive and very well known to everyone can be a very tricky thing. This movie is less a biopic than a glimpse at a dire situation in the life of Britain's royals. Shortly after young Tony Blair takes over the government of Great Britain Princess Di dies in Paris and the world expects the Windsors to react. Sadly, they don't. Most people probably did not realize how close the British people were to overthrow their royals due to their lack of reaction at that time. This film tries to explain what went on in Buckingham palace in the days that followed, even if some of the conversations depicted here have to be pure speculation. The script smartly balances between humorous observations and drama and the cast for it is excellent. Helen Mirren is an outstanding Elizabeth and Michael Sheen the perfect choice as Tony Blair. Their scenes together are a pleasure to see. Mirren even manages to turn it all around in the end and show the human being underneath the crown. Very interesting and entertaining.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


A well-done, handsomely constructed look at The Royal Family and how they dealt with the death of Princess Diana, all while newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) attempted to steer the queen (Helen Mirren) from a potential disaster that would cast her in a bad light with her people. While it inevitably bogs down at times given director Stephen Frears indisputable methodical pacing to his films, it still remains a largely interesting, phenomenally acted film about the Family behind the scenes, and how the Queen avoided what could have been one of the most negative moments for her and her people by responding in a civil, respectable fashion. Mirren emobides the Queen fully, while Sheen proves to be an ideal fit as Blair. There are a few problems with it (notably James Cromwell as Phillip, the performance is fine, but the character seems shockingly one-note and underwritten), but it doesn't go on to long, and the array of old footage it offers is absolutely arresting.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


The sudden death of Princess Di, the worldwide outpouring of public grief, and a vicious intruding media force the British Royal Family to kowtow to public opinion. An ugly affair all ways round told in the hushed tones that is the world of polite society. Good performances, necessary since all those portrayed are still alive and very public figures. Mirren took the Oscar for her portrayal of a soul trained all her life not to react for the life of a nation and then demanded to react by that same nation.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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