Victoria & Abdul

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Victoria & Abdul reunites Dame Judi Dench with the role of Queen Victoria -- which is all this period drama needs to overcome its imbalanced narrative.

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Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.

Cast & Crew

Judi Dench
Queen Victoria
Ali Fazal
Abdul Karim
Michael Gambon
Lord Salisbury
Olivia Williams
Lady Churchill
Eddie Izzard
Bertie, Prince of Wales
Simon Callow
Mr. Puccini
Tim Pigott-Smith
Sir Henry Ponsonby
Fenella Woolgar
Miss Phipps
Julian Wadham
Alick Yorke
Lee Hall
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Tim Bevan
Producer
Lee Hall
Executive Producer
Amelia Granger
Executive Producer
Liza Chasin
Executive Producer
Christine Langan
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Critic Reviews for Victoria & Abdul

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  • Victoria & Abdul may capture the ugly side of Britain's colonial past, but its demeaning portrait of Abdul reinforces the Orientalism it purports to lampoon.

    October 13, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's hard not to like Victoria & Abdul-but it's all shiny surfaces. I can't help but to wonder how much deeper Frears might've dug into this rich material had he directed it 20 years ago.

    October 5, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There's not a whole lot to Victoria & Abdul, but fans of stories about the royals should find their thirsts satisfied.

    October 5, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film's attempt to portray the Queen as more politically enlightened than her courtiers is kindly but unconvincing, and many of the actors bark and behave as if participating in a spoof.

    September 29, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Victoria & Abdul is worth seeing for Dench's magisterial performance and for Frears's light but sure directorial touch. Just don't mistake it for actual history.

    September 29, 2017 | Full Review…
  • This film - which is, we're told, "based on real events - mostly" - tells of how the elderly queen got her groove back, so to speak.

    September 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Victoria & Abdul

  • Mar 15, 2018
    There is nothing like a pathetic period drama that romanticizes the platonic relationship between a condescending white queen and a submissive Muslim who is loyal to her like a puppy; but then again, all is fine when you show that Muslims oppress their women too, right? Yeah.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2018
    It's a cute which I enjoy. Quite heart breaking really!
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2017
    With Dench and Gambon how can you go wrong and you don't in this amazingly true story of how a queen discovers joy and humanity from a lowly Muslim servant. The make-up and costumes are top-notch. Fazal, a Bollywood star, brings just the right nuance to the role of Abdul. (9-29-17)
    John C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2017
    This movie certainly has its flaws, but nevertheless it's amazing, refreshing, heartfelt, and benefits from an abundance of chemistry between its two leads. I loved it :D
    Serge E Super Reviewer

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