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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
Tim Pigott-Smith
as King Charles III
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Critic Reviews for Victoria & Abdul

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (6)

Victoria And Abdul fails to make much of a case for its characters' friendship apart from the fact that it seems pretty nice.

September 18, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The film is called "Victoria & Abdul" but it only ever lives up to one half of its title.

September 5, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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This is kid-gloves historical storytelling. It's sometimes amusing, and occasionally touching, but there's nothing here to scare the horses.

September 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The sizable constituency that turns out for glossy period drama of this kind will embrace the sumptuously appointed Victoria & Abdul as a moving account of an isolated old woman finding joy and lightness in her final years.

September 3, 2017 | Full Review…

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" served with mango chutney.

September 3, 2017 | Full Review…

There's not much to Victoria & Abdul, but as a delivery system for Judi Dench, it serves its purpose. Otherwise, it's just Buckingham Palace fetishism cranked up to peak mumsy.

September 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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