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The King's Speech

26king-thumbstandard Britain's King George VI struggles with an embarrassing stutter for years until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue in this biographical drama that chalked up multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
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NYT Review
In “The King’s Speech," Colin Firth portrays a wartime monarch with a stuttering problem. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 95%
Critics' score: 95   Audience score: 93   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

The King's Speech is simultaneously cozy and majestic. full review

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

It is an intelligent, winning drama fit for a king -- and the rest of us. And this year, there were far too few of those coming from Hollywood. full review

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

OK, sure, "The King's Speech" obviously is feel-good Oscar bait, but who cares? It's also a terrific movie with two fantastic performances at its heart. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

Put aside the finery, eloquent dialogue and sublime acting, and you have a marvelous odd couple farce featuring Bertie and Lionel, a timid, tongue-tied king and a casual, self-assured commoner. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Not merely a spot-on period piece; it's also a heartfelt study in the shadings of courage, a film about duty and friendship that's often warmly funny and sometimes painful to watch. full review

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

One of the best films of 2010... full review

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

The King's Speech is a warm, wise film -- the best period movie of the year and one of the year's best movies, period. full review

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle

A fully satisfying and uplifting period piece that achieves its dramatic potential without sacrificing historical accuracy. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Let's say it without equivocation: Colin Firth deserves an Oscar for his lead role in The King's Speech as the stammering King George VI. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

By now we almost take Firth's brilliance for granted. Almost. He's magnificent here, as are Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. full review

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com

Go! Enjoy! full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Although everything can go wrong with a film before it gets to the casting stage, and often does, a couple of marvelous performances can elevate solid, well-carpentered material and make it something special. full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

No holiday season would be complete without a starchy British historical drama, and the Weinstein Company obliges us this year with this pleasant story the Duke of York, who had to overcome a serious stammer. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

With its rich source material shaped from real-life events, The King's Speech doesn't need to overplay its hand -- especially not with a king waiting in the hole. full review

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

As the speechmaker and his speech teacher, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush elevate each other's game to the stratosphere and beyond. full review

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

Complacent middlebrow tosh engineered for maximum awards bling and catering to a nostalgia for the royalty we've never actually had to live with. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

If the British monarchy is good for nothing else, it's superb at producing the subjects of films. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The King's Speech is a lively burst of populist rhetoric, superbly performed and guaranteed to please even discriminating crowds. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

It's the odds-on favourite to win Best Picture at the next Academy Awards in February, and deservedly so. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Among many other good things, The King's Speech, directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler, is a meditation on a transitional time when royalty was expected to speak to the nation and not just pose commandingly before it. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 119 min
  • Available From: Nov 26, 2012
  • Queued by: 3394 people
Directed By
Tom Hooper
Cast
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall, Jennifer Ehle, Derek Jacobi, Anthony Andrews, Eve Best
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