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The Queen Reviews

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.
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
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
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
October 27, 2006
Allows us to understand just how heavy the crown really sits.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 26, 2006
That's Mirren's magic: She makes us care, no matter how shallow our curtsies.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
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
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-
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
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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
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
October 11, 2006
The Queen is not difficult, [but] it is sufficiently and, yes, marvelously artistic...
October 6, 2006
An immensely entertaining and seemingly acute chronicle of the week Diana died.
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
October 6, 2006
A subtle, often very funny, ultimately touching tragedy of royal manners and meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
October 5, 2006
Marvelously smart, funny and entertaining.
October 5, 2006
A crackling dramatic story that's intelligent, thoughtful and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 5, 2006
Politically shrewd, unexpectedly funny yet immaculately tasteful.
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.
October 2, 2006
It's beautifully written and the acting is just pinpoint perfect.
October 2, 2006
How could Frears and his cast rise above the sins of the miniseries? One answer is the force of that cast.
September 29, 2006
The Queen tears off the royal robe and suggests that, despite what Johnny Rotten said, she is a human being.
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
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
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-
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
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
September 28, 2006
A sheer delight to sit through and leaves you with a whole evening's worth of impassioned conversation.
September 26, 2006
Whether or not Tony Blair actually saved the British monarchy, Frears has made it seem so and even worth doing.
September 25, 2006
All hail Helen Mirren, who delivers a master class in acting in The Queen.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
September 23, 2006
It's a film of delicious performances and great wit.
September 16, 2006
Tradition and informality collide -- and mutually benefit -- in the deliciously written and expertly played The Queen.
September 4, 2006
A behind-the-scenes docudrama that humanizes rather than lampoons the British royal family.