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Well-cast and compellingly directed, The Special Relationship offers an intelligent look into the complex dynamic between two world leaders. Read critic reviews

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British Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) forges a loyal friendship with President Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid).

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Critic Reviews for The Special Relationship

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (5)

  • [Morgan's] formula, which juxtaposes larger-than-life real people at key moments in their careers, strains a little under the weight of the Clinton presidency and its baggage. Yet it's always interesting to catch a glimpse of America as others see us.

    September 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The core of the movie is very strong. The piece is built around three performances that somehow grow from being mere impersonations and become something real and moving.

    September 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's a pat view of history, of course... [But] The Special Relationship works well enough despite having been reduced and shaped. It's a miniature portrait of how political bonds can be created, and tested, and broken.

    September 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • If you don't care about credibility, The Special Relationship is entertaining, thanks in large part to the performances.

    September 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film provides a captivating peek into the meshing of personality and power and how easily even the strongest bonds come unglued.

    September 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • With its well-chosen cast and high production values, "Relationship" is an especially thoughtful, revealing and honest account of power and politics.

    September 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Special Relationship

  • May 07, 2012
    Michael Sheen steals the show, and turns in another excellent performance. The movie itself was a little under whelming for me...decent, but nothing overly exciting.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2011
    Could have been better I think but interesting. Wasn't as into Quaid's Clinton as I was the other main three actors - great performaces from them.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2010
    A well made tv movie on the relationship between Blair and Clinton, Michael Sheen plays Blair for the third time with a well crafted performance, he is firmly in comfortable shoes and Quaid shines in his performance as Clinton too, a worthwhile watch for an I interesting period in history.
    Jon H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2010
    Michael Sheen reprises his role as Tony Blair from The Queen. This time we have more insight to Blair as presented through his relationship will US President Bill Clinton. Dennis Quaid is believable as Clinton, but Hope Davis shines as Hillary. Doesn't shy away from controversy and paints an even picture of Blair as an idealist, but ultimately a politician through and through.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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