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  • Summary: The Queen takes audiences behind the scenes of one of the most shocking public events of recent times -- providing an illuminating, deeply affecting and dramatic glimpse into what happens in the corridors of power when a tragedy strikes. (Miramax)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 37
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 37
  3. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 100
    The Queen is a spellbinding story of opposed passions -- of Elizabeth's icy resolve to keep the royal family separate and aloof from the death of the divorced Diana, who was legally no longer a royal, and of Blair's correct reading of the public mood.
  2. 100
    Mirren brings intellect, humor and romance to the role of Elizabeth II.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    100
    The Queen is the kind of thought-provoking, well-written and savvy film that discerning filmgoers long for but rarely get.
  4. 90
    Helen Mirren's flinty performance as Elizabeth II is getting all the attention, but equally impressive is Peter Morgan's insightful script for this UK drama, which quietly teases out the social, political, and historical implications of the 1997 death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
  5. Reviewed by: Barbara Kantrowitz
    90
    Marvelous, and surprisingly intimate.
  6. In some ways, The Queen is a comedy of manners - bad, good and archaic. The formal bowing and scraping surrounding Her Majesty is as hilarious as it is (apparently) accurate.
  7. 70
    How could Frears and his cast rise above the sins of the miniseries? One answer is the force of that cast...The other thing that rescues and refines The Queen is one of the basic bonuses of moviegoing, more familiar of late from documentaries like "Touching the Void" and "Capturing the Friedmans": you come out arguing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 132
  2. Negative: 24 out of 132
  1. Jul 1, 2013
    10
    Perfect movie. Almost all the motion pictures show the point of view of other people, this one shows how Elizabeth II felt at those moments. And I think Mirrer won that Academy Award for an actual & incredible performance. Expand
  2. Jun 18, 2012
    9
    The great Helen Mirren is certainly the star of this exceptional biography cinematic film. It portrays reverent image of Queen Elizabeth through such irreverently elegant gimmicks and it is this intelligent usage that makes the movie highly distinctive compared to other royal family films. Regarding this strength, The Queen also considered as a powerful one. It allows us to espy the total opposite side of what the English people think of Queen Elizabeth, the old-tradition lady with classic dignity and duties ahead of herself. Not many times that I've seen a great British film and this masterpiece from Stephen Frears is,without a doubt, considered to be one of those. One of The Savviest Films. Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2012
    9
    This is an intelligent film. Helen Mirren really took you inside the thoughts and emotions of the queen. Very well made and was quite a history lesson. Intriguing to see everyone's sides to the story. Expand
  4. Jan 27, 2012
    8
    Dame Helen Mirren is simply amazing in her portrayal of Queen of England and Commonwealth of Nations, Elizabeth II in the film, "The Queen". This movie begins with the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana in 1997 and details her majesty's relationship with the current Prime Minister Tony Blair as they both attempt to make sense of angry public sentiment concerning the popular Princess. Although this flick is not quite as good as another recent British royalty feature, "The Kings Speech", it still is quite entertaining. Expand
  5. Sep 13, 2010
    7
    Events based on the aftermath of the death of Diana:Princess of Wales.
    Great performances from Helen Mirren, the wonderful Michael Sheen &
    Mark Bazeley as Alastair Campbell.
    Moves along at a decent pace & enjoyed it more than I expected.
    The one thing they did get wrong is that Cherie Blair is quite sexy in it.
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  6. Oct 8, 2012
    6
    Helen Mirren's performance is amazing, but you can expect that if she wins an Oscar for it. The rest of the movie is still nice, but just nothing against her acting. Tony Blair is shown excessively kind and the royal family is also overacted. Still it's a sophisticated history story, but you are also not missing that much, if you ignore this film (except Mirren's brilliant performance, keep that in mind!) Expand
  7. Jan 18, 2011
    4
    You can't argue that Hellen Mirren performance wasn't top notch but the film was dull and never really caught my interest. Didn't care about Diana's death then (sad she died but I would be sad if anyone died) and don't care now either. Expand

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