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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 328 Ratings

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  1. Aug 25, 2014
    10
    Helen Mirren as the present Queen Elizabeth II is one of the grandest acting experiences of all-time. I use the term "experience" rather than performance because she creates this new atmosphere in the role - which sucks you in immediately. Overall, a brilliant look at Great Britain and the Royal Family during the wake of Princess Diana's death. Bravo to Stephen Frears and Peter Morgan!
  2. Jul 7, 2013
    4
    The movie's shallow depth, uninteresting story and frankly bad editing make for a dull and downright boring film. Helen Mirren's performance was solid but nothing to jump up and down about.
  3. 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.
  4. Jun 2, 2013
    8
    A great modern period piece featuring a virtuoso performance from Helen Mirren. I think I would have liked it even more if I were from the UK, but really good film nonetheless.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. May 29, 2011
    6
    Indeed, the film is almost all of Helen Mirren, perfect in the role of Queen Elizabeth II. The rest stays average. A story already known to the general public, because it is based on real facts well documented at the time. Personally, I really like the director Stephen Frears, but this is not one of his best work. It is worth it to know all about the personality of one of the most famous monarchs of the past decades, sovereign facade of the English monarchy. It really is an odd figure, compassionate through a poor animal slaughtered during a game, but unable to surrender to the greater popularity of the charismatic Princess Diana, all because of the vanity of the royal family, whose still didn't realize that their time changed. Expand
  10. Apr 30, 2011
    9
    Mesmerizing potrait. Beautifully filmed, great script and charismatic performance by its two leads, Hellen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II and electrifying Michael Seen as Tony Blair.
  11. Apr 26, 2011
    6
    A very well crafted film that attempts to humanise those that the public see very little human emotion from - The Royal Family. The film is not a rebuttal from those that support the Royal family because they had already regained the faith of the public by the time of it's 2006 release. It is instead a touching, sensible and sometimes humorous account of what went on behind the scenes during one memorable week. Another point of note is that the popularity of the main protagonist of this film in Blair was on a slide in 2006, marking the relevant public shallowness for their powerful public action figures. The film itself is very well made, with the acting as exquisite as the Royal decor. It paces itself nicely and doesn't run as long as a film with a title as 'The Queen' could have - a credit due to the filmmakers here. By keeping The Queen to just over an hour and a half, Frears and Morgan have saved it from becoming bland and boring - two terms that on this occasion can be separate from the Royal family. Expand
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Aug 27, 2010
    9
    Helen Mirren and James Cromwell bring flooring humanity to their respective roles as Queen Elizabeth II and Tony Blair. It also helps that the dialogue (to me the main draw of the movie aside from the acting) straddles a perfect line between dry wit and earnest fervor.
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 37
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 37
  3. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    80
    Fascinating, funny, wicked and to the point, this is an excellent film about a week every Briton over the age of 15 will remember vividly.
  2. The Queen is the most reverent irreverent comedy imaginable. Or maybe it's the most irreverent reverent comedy. Either way, it's a small masterpiece.
  3. Reviewed by: Barbara Kantrowitz
    90
    Marvelous, and surprisingly intimate.