The Queen Reviews

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January 28, 2020
The Queen feels like a classic women's picture with a 21st-century media-age makeover.
August 21, 2019
It's surprising how tame and incurious Stephen Frears' documentation of the aftermath of Diana's death on the Royal Family (and the Queen in particular) actually is.
June 6, 2019
A fantastic, endlessly engrossing film, anchored by some of the year's best performances and Alexandre Desplat's liltingly beautiful score.
January 25, 2019
Makes for engaging and entertaining viewing. Not just the subject, it's also the interpretation and storytelling that one closely identifies with.
August 23, 2018
A slyly amusing blend of fact, fantasy and hearsay set in England in 1997.
August 21, 2018
Frears's movie pays Britain's first family the supreme compliment of taking it seriously, and it's hard not to feel that the results will enjoy a long and fruitful reign in the affections of moviegoers.
April 12, 2018
The film makes brilliant use of juxtaposition to underscore the class divide between the Windsors and the Blairs.
March 1, 2018
The Queen's myopia is so complete, the performances so meticulous, that you can't help but start to care about, or pine for, or want to overthrow the British monarchy.
January 30, 2017
Helen Mirren gives perhaps her most remarkable performance in an already remarkable career.
February 9, 2011
The Queen will knock your socks off.
September 17, 2010
Stuffed with stinging truths about swiftly turning winds of public opinion, Stephen Frears' film is a tough, fair-minded and, at times, morbidly satirical depiction of the extraordinary circumstance of leading in grief as well as government.
August 28, 2009
Trenchantly stages its climax around the passing of an era
April 29, 2009
Surely to be considered at Oscar time.
October 18, 2008
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.
October 9, 2008
A disappointingly claustrophobic play at sympathy for someone so out of touch with her 'subjects.' And why blow it up for the big screen? . . . Where's the arc? The tragic flaw? The ebbs and flows to her character? . . . A middle-of-the-pack chamber drama
August 7, 2008
Director Stephen Frears' The Queen offers an incisive and utterly persuasive glimpse behind the scenes of recent history.
May 12, 2008
Whatever the Sex Pistols say, she is a human being.
February 28, 2008
The Queen is an unqualified triumph that works on all levels.
September 22, 2007
Like the Queen, Mirren is saying: This is how you act, this is how you survive, this is how you reign.
August 13, 2007
I was to this film. It's slow and plodding throughout, yet the format Frears brings to the table is gripping in its balance.
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