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Victoria & Abdul (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 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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The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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Judi Dench
as Queen Victoria
Ali Fazal
as Abdul Karim
Eddie Izzard
as Bertie, Prince of Wales
Adeel Akhtar
as Mohammed
Tim Pigott-Smith
as Sir Henry Ponsonby
Olivia Williams
as Baroness Churchill
Fenella Woolgar
as Miss Phipps
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All Critics (139) | Top Critics (34)

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…

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…

It's up to historians to assess how accurate this funny, charming film is to the details of Queen Victoria's last years, but its use of poetic license is impeccable.

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

It's a neatly executed lark but one that eventually becomes ensnared in the colonialism it seeks to expose.

September 29, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Victoria & Abdul

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
John C

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½

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 Elia
Serge Elia

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