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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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Netflix Rating: 3.9
NYT Review
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
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 89%
Critics' score: 89   Audience score: 83   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

For all its incident, A Royal Affair is slow and picturesquely framed - more of a languorously animated coffee-table book than a gripping drama. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

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. full review

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

What a piece of work is this historical drama. full review

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

A Royal Affair covers plenty of stately ground, all in good time. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

A fascinating, stately thriller. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

A crowned-heads soap opera that balances effectively between pomp and melodramatic circumstance. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

A tragic love story, beautifully told. full review

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

Even appreciated simply as a little-known chapter of European history, it proves consistently engrossing, edifying and affecting. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"A Royal Affair" is an engaging and entertaining film, one that might have been great, if only the history were different. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

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.) full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Director Nikolaj Arcel gets outstanding performances from all three of the principals, which enlivens the whole affair considerably. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

The film tells an intimate story with an enormous amount of grace. full review

John Anderson, Newsday

The storytelling ... is kind of amazing. full review

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

'Affair' is disappointingly conventional, much too decorous and, at two hours-plus, sometimes just plain dull. full review

Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies

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. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

"A Royal Affair" is basically a good-looking set of historical Cliffs Notes. full review

Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

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. full review

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

With its sumptuous settings, urgent romance and intellectual substance, A Royal Affair is a mind-opener crossed with a bodice-ripper. full review

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Unfortunately it never fully comes to life. full review

A.O. Scott, New York Times
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