The Queen Reviews

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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.
October 12, 2006
It's a buoyant mixture of deft, lightly impudent high comedy and human-scaled drama.
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.
October 6, 2006
A subtle, often very funny, ultimately touching tragedy of royal manners and meaning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 5, 2006
Marvelously smart, funny and entertaining.
October 5, 2006
A crackling dramatic story that's intelligent, thoughtful and moving.
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 4, 2006
In point of fact, I'd go so far as to claim it perfect, and while that might be a bit too extreme my asserting it as one 2006's best films certainly is not.
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.
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