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  • Summary: Set in 1953, Her Majesty is a widely appealing coming of age story about a young girl in New Zealand who realizes her lifelong dream when Queen Elizabeth comes to visit her small hometown. (Panorama Entertainment)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Despite its faltering touch with the story's darker, more melodramatic threads, Her Majesty nonetheless proves winning overall thanks to a predominant emphasis on nostalgia, whimsy (heroine's royal audience fantasies include one full-on production number) and droll-to-broad humor.
  2. 63
    Her Majesty is the kind of movie where you start out smiling, and then smile more broadly, and then really smile, and then realize with a sinking heart that the filmmakers are losing it.
  3. To earnest for its own good. Sincere and heartfelt, it's the kind of family film that might be at home on cable.
  4. 40
    It's as if Gordon feared his film's none-too-subtle suggestion that kids should ask questions and decided to provide answers instead, tying up his story with a phony happy ending.
  5. 38
    Unimaginative, exasperating film, hopefully but fruitlessly recycled after the success of 2002's ebullient Whale Rider.
  6. Against "Whale Rider's" well-acted, intimate story, Gordon's film feels like an endless spiral of sub-par soap-opera acting, mired in trite, predictable dialogue.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. PeterS.
    Sep 30, 2006
    Exceptional. And certainly better than 95% of the so called family films put out by the major studios. HER MAJESTY is a story that actually has some "meat on the bones". A great choice if you're looking for something to watch with the whole family. Expand
  2. May 11, 2012
    It is 1953 and 13 year old Elizabeth Wakefield is consumed by a desire to meet the new Queen, Elizabeth II. However she is stuck in a provincial North Island town of New Zealand, trying to deal with typical "coming-of-age" challenges such as parents who don't understand, a cruel brother, unfaithful friends, a handsome teacher and dozens of unanswered letters she has sent to the Queen. Then it happens - the Queen is going to visit the town during her New Zealand tour. This family film, that probably will appeal more to pre and early teen girls, is a bit rough around the edges, but not bad for a first time director who has done a good job at designing a mid-20th century small town New Zealand atmosphere. Expand