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The Queen Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 22, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: A
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 3, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 27, 2006
Allows us to understand just how heavy the crown really sits.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 27, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 26, 2006
That's Mirren's magic: She makes us care, no matter how shallow our curtsies.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 20, 2006
Borne with grace and honor on the back of Helen Mirren's astounding title performance, The Queen manages to encompass the personal and political with both depth and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 20, 2006
Although Mirren transforms into a living human being as artfully as any actor I have ever seen in Stephen Frears' portrait of a woman and royalty under siege, the movie in which she performs this alchemy is every bit as good as she is.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 20, 2006
Frears has given us a front-row seat for a backstage drama; the result is provocatively realistic.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 20, 2006
This imperial mix of wit, humor and compassion manages to humanize at once the prickly worlds of royalty, politics and popular culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 19, 2006
Smartly relevant and affecting, commenting not only on the isolation of the monarchy but also on a tabloid culture run wild.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 13, 2006
Frears masterfully combines archival news footage with stellar performances from an outstanding cast, led by Mirren in a title role that demands Oscar glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 13, 2006
An absolute delight, combining the cheap thrills of a biopic with the gentler, but more lasting, pleasures of a brilliant character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 13, 2006
Succeeding where most docudramas fail, it turns a slice of recent history into a revealingly intelligent entertainment, without being didactic at one extreme or sentimental at the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 13, 2006
Combining facts from the public record with dramatic speculation, Frears and Morgan portray the royals as simultaneously an ordinary family and anything but.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 13, 2006
Told in quiet scenes of proper behavior and guarded speech, The Queen is a spellbinding story of opposed passions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 12, 2006
Helen Mirren takes a character that most of the world sees as insular and stalwart -- Britain's reigning Queen Elizabeth -- and turns her into a real-life human being with flaws and foibles.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 12, 2006
It's a buoyant mixture of deft, lightly impudent high comedy and human-scaled drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 11, 2006
The Queen is not difficult, [but] it is sufficiently and, yes, marvelously artistic...
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 6, 2006
An immensely entertaining and seemingly acute chronicle of the week Diana died.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 6, 2006
Brilliant as Morgan's script is, it is Helen Mirren's diamond-hard performance that is the jewel of The Queen's crown.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 6, 2006
A subtle, often very funny, ultimately touching tragedy of royal manners and meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 5, 2006
Mirren's finely calibrated performance reveals a complex woman coping with a bewildering world, and Blair's growing sympathy for his beleaguered monarch gradually becomes ours.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 5, 2006
A fascinating character study and a brilliantly crafted drama. It has some of the wittiest writing in recent memory and spot-on performances.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
October 5, 2006
Mirren and Sheen present gracious, humane portraits of two people whose conviction over their place in the world is shaken by unprecedented circumstance.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 5, 2006
Mirren is the one to beat for the Best Actress Oscar -- and The Queen is one of the year's best movies. Don't miss it.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 5, 2006
Eventually, the movie, as with other similarly humane and perceptive comedies, allows its audience to see that not only does everyone have his or her reasons for behaving as they do, those reasons may be far less easy to dismiss as one supposes.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 5, 2006
The Queen is an interesting character study. There's not much plot to speak of, but it gives actors (including a splendid Helen Mirren) an opportunity to shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 5, 2006
Marvelously smart, funny and entertaining.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 5, 2006
A crackling dramatic story that's intelligent, thoughtful and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
October 5, 2006
Politically shrewd, unexpectedly funny yet immaculately tasteful.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 4, 2006
When I think what sentimental tripe The Queen could have been in the hands of amateurs, I bow in gratitude to all concerned.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 2, 2006
It's beautifully written and the acting is just pinpoint perfect.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 2, 2006
How could Frears and his cast rise above the sins of the miniseries? One answer is the force of that cast.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 29, 2006
The Queen tears off the royal robe and suggests that, despite what Johnny Rotten said, she is a human being.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 29, 2006
The genius of the movie lies in Mirren's work. She captures the complexities of a woman who's often seen as unknowable. Ultimately, it's a tribute to the regal leader rooted in reverence and empathy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 29, 2006
All this might make for a better book than a movie if it weren't for the subtle brilliance of Mirren's performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 29, 2006
Mirren conjures Elizabeth as an identifiable flesh-and-blood wife, mother, grandmother, and woman with a job to do.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 28, 2006
Stephen Frears' sublimely nimble evisceration of the British royal family pries open a window in the House of Windsor around the time of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 28, 2006
It is very rare for a historical drama, especially one made by artists who are not remotely Tory, to express such wide-ranging emotional sympathy for the ruling class.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 28, 2006
A sheer delight to sit through and leaves you with a whole evening's worth of impassioned conversation.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 26, 2006
Whether or not Tony Blair actually saved the British monarchy, Frears has made it seem so and even worth doing.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 25, 2006
All hail Helen Mirren, who delivers a master class in acting in The Queen.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 25, 2006
The Queen is the most reverent irreverent comedy imaginable. Or maybe it's the most irreverent reverent comedy. Either way, it's a small masterpiece.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
September 23, 2006
It's a film of delicious performances and great wit.
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Derek Elley
Variety
September 16, 2006
Tradition and informality collide -- and mutually benefit -- in the deliciously written and expertly played The Queen.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2006
A behind-the-scenes docudrama that humanizes rather than lampoons the British royal family.