The Queen Reviews

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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.
December 30, 2006
The tight grey curls, the tilt of the head and the no-nonsense walk with elbows and toes stuck out are the Queen's. The faint hint that this carapace harbours a wicked wit is all down to Mirren.
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.
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.
October 30, 2006
Palace intrigue at its finest.
October 27, 2006
Allows us to understand just how heavy the crown really sits.
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.
October 26, 2006
That's Mirren's magic: She makes us care, no matter how shallow our curtsies.
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.
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.
October 20, 2006
Frears has given us a front-row seat for a backstage drama; the result is provocatively realistic.
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.
October 19, 2006
Smartly relevant and affecting, commenting not only on the isolation of the monarchy but also on a tabloid culture run wild.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 13, 2006
Told in quiet scenes of proper behavior and guarded speech, The Queen is a spellbinding story of opposed passions.
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.
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