Victoria & Abdul Reviews

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October 13, 2017
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 11, 2017
For the most part Victoria and Abdul is an Anglophile's delight.
September 29, 2017
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
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
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
It's a neatly executed lark but one that eventually becomes ensnared in the colonialism it seeks to expose.
September 29, 2017
Whether "Victoria & Abdul" holds up to historical scrutiny is up for debate - the prologue says the film is "based on true events... mostly" - but Dench, as always, is the real deal.
September 29, 2017
Frears hasn't just made an historical recreation; he has made a movie containing a message with universal implications for all places and times when racism rears its head.
September 28, 2017
What to make of such a remarkable bit of history? Alas, for director Stephen Frears, the answer is "not much" (though what is there is certainly splendid to look upon).
September 28, 2017
"Victoria and Abdul" is hampered by the restrictions of a Hollywood period piece: It's glossy and sentimental, with a feel-good message about racial prejudice.
September 28, 2017
A film of solid craftsmanship led by another royally magnificent performance by Judi Dench.
September 28, 2017
In Victoria & Abdul, the Empress of India comes off honest, loving and decent. That seems deaf as well as stupid.
September 28, 2017
Frears rightfully showcases Dench, and she is, simply, great. But he and writer Lee Hall shortchange Abdul, making him not a caricature, but more an outline of a character.
September 28, 2017
Is there a more monarchial actress alive than Dench? She could play Victoria in her sleep.
September 28, 2017
The tale of Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim ... is one that's good and true and worth telling. But the way that "Victoria and Abdul" slops it around is - mostly - hogwash.
September 27, 2017
The movie ultimately all comes down to Dench, and the film becomes a frame of her performance. It's a great performance.
September 26, 2017
Victoria & Abdul is Dench's show.
September 25, 2017
The chief - though hardly the only - problem with Victoria & Abdul is that too much political correctness proves to be as bad for drama as too little.
Top Critic
September 23, 2017
Judi Dench can do no wrong, and playing Queen Victoria for the second time in the richly satisfying Victoria and Abdul is an acting lesson par excellence that proves how rapturous it is to watch this great artist do everything right.
September 23, 2017
Uneven but endearing, a tempest in a Mad Hatter teacup.
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