The King's Speech Reviews

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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.
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.
December 17, 2010
Go! Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 16, 2010
If the British monarchy is good for nothing else, it's superb at producing the subjects of films.
December 10, 2010
The King's Speech is a lively burst of populist rhetoric, superbly performed and guaranteed to please even discriminating crowds.
December 9, 2010
It's the odds-on favourite to win Best Picture at the next Academy Awards in February, and deservedly so.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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