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The King's Speech Reviews

February 20, 2015
The film is richly rooted, with splendid trappings, including pea-soup fogs. For all the pomp and protocol, it's an intimate story about a scared man who must find his voice if he is to rise, in regal stature, above his epaulets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2013
A polite, occasionally rousing, and more often than not, boring affair.
| Original Score: 3/5
February 16, 2013
A powerful back story does not necessarily improve a movie, but The King's Speech has a pretty irresistible one. It might even end with a dramatic night at the Oscars in February.
February 16, 2013
In The King's Speech, Colin Firth once again reminds us of what a great actor he is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 16, 2013
Classic, rousing entertainment loaded with both humor and poignancy.
February 16, 2013
The King's Speech is the rare work of art that's also an immense crowdpleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 16, 2013
Too ingratiating to resonate deeply.
February 16, 2013
The King's Speech is admirably free of easy answers and simple, happy endings; it's a skewed, awards-ready version of history, but one polished to a fine, satisfying shine.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 7, 2011
The King's Speech is simultaneously cozy and majestic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 31, 2011
The King's Speech is the epitome of prestige cinema, an impeccably crafted and emotionally compelling drama that deserves the many laurels it surely will receive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 25, 2010
It is an intelligent, winning drama fit for a king -- and the rest of us. And this year, there were far too few of those coming from Hollywood.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 24, 2010
OK, sure, "The King's Speech" obviously is feel-good Oscar bait, but who cares? It's also a terrific movie with two fantastic performances at its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 24, 2010
"The King's Speech" is old-fashioned filmmaking at its best: a good story, elegantly told, and a joy to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 24, 2010
Put aside the finery, eloquent dialogue and sublime acting, and you have a marvelous odd couple farce featuring Bertie and Lionel, a timid, tongue-tied king and a casual, self-assured commoner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 23, 2010
Not merely a spot-on period piece; it's also a heartfelt study in the shadings of courage, a film about duty and friendship that's often warmly funny and sometimes painful to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 21, 2010
The King's Speech is a warm, wise film -- the best period movie of the year and one of the year's best movies, period.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 21, 2010
A fully satisfying and uplifting period piece that achieves its dramatic potential without sacrificing historical accuracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2010
Let's say it without equivocation: Colin Firth deserves an Oscar for his lead role in The King's Speech as the stammering King George VI.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 17, 2010
By now we almost take Firth's brilliance for granted. Almost. He's magnificent here, as are Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 17, 2010
Go! Enjoy!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 16, 2010
Although everything can go wrong with a film before it gets to the casting stage, and often does, a couple of marvelous performances can elevate solid, well-carpentered material and make it something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 16, 2010
No holiday season would be complete without a starchy British historical drama, and the Weinstein Company obliges us this year with this pleasant story the Duke of York, who had to overcome a serious stammer.
December 16, 2010
With its rich source material shaped from real-life events, The King's Speech doesn't need to overplay its hand -- especially not with a king waiting in the hole.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 16, 2010
As the speechmaker and his speech teacher, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush elevate each other's game to the stratosphere and beyond.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 16, 2010
Complacent middlebrow tosh engineered for maximum awards bling and catering to a nostalgia for the royalty we've never actually had to live with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2010
If the British monarchy is good for nothing else, it's superb at producing the subjects of films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 10, 2010
The King's Speech is a lively burst of populist rhetoric, superbly performed and guaranteed to please even discriminating crowds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 9, 2010
It's the odds-on favourite to win Best Picture at the next Academy Awards in February, and deservedly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 9, 2010
Firth makes us feel his alienation, his self-loathing and his sense of privilege. He gives the film its full-bodied voice, one that's perfect in tone, perfect in pitch.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 3, 2010
Among many other good things, The King's Speech, directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler, is a meditation on a transitional time when royalty was expected to speak to the nation and not just pose commandingly before it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 2, 2010
Both actors completely inhabit their absorbing roles, relishing the opportunity their exchanges provide and adding unlooked-for layers to a complicated human relationship.
November 30, 2010
A film like this arrives on the scene and restores my faith, not only in movies but in humankind itself.
November 30, 2010
One of the many remarkable things about The King's Speech is how this subtle film's central relationship speaks to the divisions between people.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
November 29, 2010
Director Tom Hooper...could here be said to cross up underdog-biopic expectations in what amounts to a high-toned, elegantly upholstered buddy flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
November 25, 2010
The King's Speech has been crafted to serve as an actors' showcase first and foremost and Firth and Rush don't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 24, 2010
The King's Speech -- a crowning achievement powered by a dream cast -- digs vibrant human drama out of the dry dust of history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 24, 2010
It's a warm, richly funny and highly enjoyable human story that takes an intriguing sideways glance at a crucial period in 20th-century history.
November 24, 2010
Honestly, the thought of George VI flubbing his big moment pales in the larger picture. Via some closing text, we learn that he inspired the nation to strength. But politics is about more than being in fine voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 23, 2010
A picnic for Anglophiles, not to mention a prospective Oscar bonanza for the brothers Weinstein, The King's Speech is a well-wrought, enjoyably amusing inspirational drama that successfully humanizes, even as it pokes fun at, the House of Windsor.
November 23, 2010
... as a genteel middlebrow entertainment, [this] is largely very well-played indeed, and thus deserves to do well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 23, 2010
The King's Speech has left me speechless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 22, 2010
If you can get past the nagging sensation that what you're watching is a cynical calculation to appeal to the Academy, well, you'll be delighted, because the The King's Speech is undeniably charming.
November 22, 2010
There is a kernel to this movie which feels harder and more stubborn than the pleasing, period fluff that enfolds it.
November 22, 2010
The sense of period is strong and made especially real in scenes in which royalty find themselves incongruously in small, distinctly non-palatial homes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 22, 2010
Tom Hooper turns history into formula. Can poor Bertie gather the nerves to address his people when duty calls? Take a wild guess.
November 22, 2010
It's a prizewinning combination, terribly English and totally Hollywood, and Firth is, once more, uncanny: He evokes, in mid-stammer, existential dread.
September 14, 2010
The King's Speech adheres to every rule in the Oscar playbook.
September 14, 2010
Colin Firth excels as England's shy, repressed, stammering monarch, George VI (aka "Bertie"), in a performance that's deftly matched, syllable for syllable, by Geoffrey Rush.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 11, 2010
The King's Speech is one of the most pleasurable movies to come along in years.
September 6, 2010
A riveting, intimate account at how a British king triumphed over a speech impediment with the help of an unorthodox speech coach.
September 5, 2010
A stirring, handsomely mounted tale of unlikely friendship starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.