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A Royal Affair

09royal_span-thumbstandard In 18th-century Denmark, the unstable King Christian IV neglects his young queen, Mathilde, who falls in love with his German physician, Struensee, an intellectual whose advocation of reform transforms the country but brings about his own downfall.
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A dramatic account, directed by Nikolaj Arcel, of the affair between the 18th-century physician Johann Friedrich Struensee and the Danish queen Caroline Mathilda. Read the review
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For all its incident, A Royal Affair is slow and picturesquely framed - more of a languorously animated coffee-table book than a gripping drama.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail  full review
 
The film ends not on a happy note, naturally, but on a moment of hope. Love may not conquer all, but it has a power all its own.
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald  full review
 
What a piece of work is this historical drama.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
 
A Royal Affair covers plenty of stately ground, all in good time.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
 
A fascinating, stately thriller.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
A crowned-heads soap opera that balances effectively between pomp and melodramatic circumstance.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
 
A tragic love story, beautifully told.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times  full review
 
Even appreciated simply as a little-known chapter of European history, it proves consistently engrossing, edifying and affecting.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
 
"A Royal Affair" is an engaging and entertaining film, one that might have been great, if only the history were different.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
The film moves along crisply, looks great and stimulates the brain (I am a sucker for torrid romances propelled by quotes from Rousseau and Voltaire.)
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
A Royal Affair is historical drama of the highest order - teeming with big ideas, and anchored by the nicely nuanced performances of Vikander and Mikkelsen.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
Director Nikolaj Arcel gets outstanding performances from all three of the principals, which enlivens the whole affair considerably.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
 
The film tells an intimate story with an enormous amount of grace.
John Anderson, Newsday  full review
 
The storytelling ... is kind of amazing.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
'Affair' is disappointingly conventional, much too decorous and, at two hours-plus, sometimes just plain dull.
Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies  full review
 
It does a fine job of dramatizing the pure power of ideas and the attraction of like minds. And what happens when those ideas, and that attraction, runs counter to the pleasures of the most powerful man in the land.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
 
"A Royal Affair" is basically a good-looking set of historical Cliffs Notes.
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post  full review
 
This highly polished costume drama is exceptionally well-made and a model of intelligent restraint, but it is also unapologetically earnest and a bit on the bloodless side.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  full review
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