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January 30, 2015
Helen Mirren's performance is matched by the fantastic screenplay and the cast around her. Full review later.
December 27, 2014
More like "vehicle to make Tony Blair look sympathetic" but watchable and interesting.
½ October 8, 2014
The Queen: "A good walk and fresh air sorts everything out".

The film takes place after the death of Princess Diana. The Queen of England refuses to make a supportive statement about the Princess, while Prince Charles and Tony Blair try to diffuse the situation and bring royalty back to popularity.

Stephen Frears the director of this movie did a remarkable job bleeding in the footage and the reaction of this dreadful event, because you can feel what these people are going through and even the Queen herself went through a lot things in this crisis. Helen Mirren as the Queen, and am being honest about this but she gives the best performances that I've ever seen in her career. She played the part so well and so brilliant that through out the film I wasn't watching Helen Mirrern trying to be the Queen, I was watching the Queen herself on the the big screen, that's how outstanding she was. Michael Sheen, James Cromwell and the rest of the cast did a great jobs in they roles. The directing and the story in the film is simply spellbinding with every single detail added.
½ September 24, 2014
Helen Mirren gives a refined, sophisticated and controlling performance in the titular role which, though some would say that it really is all there is to offer, actually is all The Queen needs to be a good movie.
½ September 22, 2014
You will feel sympathetic to the queen.
September 14, 2014
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Helen Mirren won at least 29 major awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, She was nominated for at least 3 more. In most of her acceptance speeches, she expressed her admiration for the real Queen, and dedicated both her Golden Globe and her Oscar to Elizabeth II.



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Before the film was released, critics praised both Stephen Frears and Peter Morgan, who later received Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay. Michael Sheen's performance as Tony Blair earned him particular acclaim. Helen Mirren's portrayal garnered her acclaim from critics around the world. Her portrayal made her a favourite for the Academy Award for Best Actress well before the film was released in theatres. After its showing at the Venice Film Festival, Mirren received a five-minute-long standing ovation. Roger Ebert came out of recovery from surgery to give the film a review. He called it "spellbinding" and gave it four out of four stars. The Queen was the most critically acclaimed film of 2006 with Mirren being the most critically acclaimed actress of the year. The Queen has 97% positive reviews on the film-critics aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.

Amongst the few negative reviews, Slant Magazine's Nick Schager criticised the insider portraiture of the film as "somewhat less than revelatory, in part because Morgan's script succumbs to cutie-pie jokiness [...] and broad caricature", mentioning particularly "James Cromwell's Prince Philip, who envisions the crowned heads as exiled victims and the gathering crowds as encroaching 'Zulus'".




The film exceeded box-office expectations; with a budget of $15 million the film earned $56.4 million in the United States and Canada



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Historical accuracy

Some aspects of the characters are known to be true to their real-life counterparts. Cherie Blair's hostility to the monarchy has been widely reported, including her refusal to curtsey.[16] According to Morgan, "cabbage" is an actual term of endearment Philip uses for his wife (Ğmon chouğ - "my cabbage" - is a standard affectionate nickname in French).

Other elements represent characteristics associated with people depicted. The electric guitar seen behind Blair in his personal office is a reference to his past membership in the band Ugly Rumours while a student. The Newcastle United football jersey he wears to a family breakfast is a reference to his support of that team. The film also shows Alastair Campbell coining the term 'the people's princess', but in 2007 he revealed that it was Tony Blair who came up with it.

A notable inaccuracy is that Robin Janvrin is represented as the Queen's private secretary during the aftermath of Diana's death. In fact, that position was then occupied by Janvrin's predecessor, Sir Robert Fellowes, a brother-in-law of Diana, Princess of Wales; Janvrin was the deputy private secretary until 1999. However, the film is accurate in depicting Janvrin as the person who delivered the news of Diana's accident to the Queen at Balmoral during the night


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September 2, 2014
Takes you deep into the lives of the royal family, the prime-minister, and most importantly the Queen herself, played so precisely by Helen Mirren that you forget it's a performance. That's a cliche, I know, but Mirren's acting isn't.
August 24, 2014
Maybe British people are the ones giving this movie such high ratings. It was really boring.
½ August 7, 2014
A phenomenal depiction of the beloved and long-reigning monarch, 'The Queen' paints a picture of Elizabeth II that allows viewers to catch a glimpse of her personality. The time covered in this movie is the rise of popularity of Diana, Princess of Wales and then her tragic death, which captured the attention of people around the world. 'The Queen' is all about how Elizabeth II reacted to Diana's personality and death. Elizabeth II is depicted as disdaining what she sees as improper behavior by Diana. She does not fully understand why people seem to love her and this carries over to her death. Helen Mirren puts on one of those rare and remarkable performances as the monarch, displaying all the necessary sternness, unwavering nature, sense of duty, and commitment to tradition. Mirren's ability to portray the battle between tradition and modernity is truly phenomenal. Mirren deservedly ran away with the Best Actress Oscar. Then there is Michael Sheen, who could make a career by playing famous figures. As Tony Blair he is completely convincing. He has the look and the famous calm voice that is required. Seeing him battle the Queen and try to get her to feel what the people are in response to Diana's death is something to behold. At 1 hour and 43 minutes, director Stephen Frears tells a story with great pace, with every moment seeming important. Mirren and Blair nail the dramatic moments with emotion and wit. An excellent portrait of one of the most recognizable faces in the world, 'The Queen' has plenty of poignant drama and historical awareness to spare.
August 5, 2014
The queen sucks and I'm glad she's dead.
Super Reviewer
½ July 29, 2014
Uses real news footage of Diana and the British people's reactions following her death. When Helen Mirren or Michael Sheen are on screen their performances hold your attention fairly well. The dichotomy between the common people and the royal family is illustrated well. The plot plods along through many of the events of the summer of '97 though.
July 28, 2014
James Cromwell is a highlight.
July 1, 2014
Do they get any better than this? I don't think so. A superb movie and Helen Mirren is at her best.
June 13, 2014
A riveting, powerful drama that captures your attention in an iron grip and never lets go.
June 7, 2014
My favorite genre is easily comedy, however, The Queen is one of my favorite four movies of all time. The performance by Helen Mirren is incredible, I cannot tell you how much this movie impacted me. After watching it, it gives you goosebumps the rest of the night. It was astonishing.
½ June 6, 2014
Very interesting view of the family
½ May 25, 2014
The writing seemed impeccable thanks to Frears' direction and the performances of the cast especially Helen Mirren's. She creates a person that we have no option but to sympathize with and one that is hard to hate.
May 19, 2014
Helen Mirren is the spotlight of this spectacle.
April 6, 2014
A great look behind the scenes of the royal family.
½ March 29, 2014
A perfect refection of days we live in and with a Helen Mirren who accomplishes the impossible."The Queen" is a deep human drama with a tabloid sensibility. A tradition that's lasted over a thousand years shaken by a world who demands public spectacle. "Humbleness or humiliation?" asks Queen Elizabeth to her Prime Minister. ;) A must see!
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