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The King's Speech

The King's Speech

2010
Drama
History
1h 58m
Tom Hooper directs this drama based on the true story of Britain's King George VI (Colin Firth), a man who for years struggled with a nervous disposition and an embarrassing stutter -- until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Logue's pioneering treatment and unlikely friendship give the royal leader a sense of confidence that serves him and his country well during the dark days of World War II.
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The King's Speech

2010
Drama
History
1h 58m
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Rated 28 Dec 2010
3
32nd
A bland (not to mention unfunny) British drama about nothing, despite its heroic attempts, through its visuals and acting, to appear more important than it really is. Truthfully, I can only imagine this appealing to elderly people who want to reminisce about some long-since forgotten moments of their youth. It has this irritating air of self-importance but lacking any justification for being so. In other words, it'll win at least a couple Oscars.
Rated 27 Feb 2011
6
55th
Cleanliness might be next to Godliness in some areas of life, but in art and cinema it rarely seems the case. Hooper never gets up close and gritty as in his provocative biopic "Longford", but instead hovers around in feel-good drama land. Predictability reigns supreme as we are seldom challenged to infer actions, feelings or consequences. It's by no means a bad movie. It's just the very definition of annoyingly fine-tuned and safe as only Hollywood can make them.
Rated 27 Sep 2010
80
86th
A history lesson about a king with a speech impediment might not sound terribly exciting... Well, it is! Not dry in the least, it's a charming - almost irresistible - piece of expertly crafted filmmaking that will please both crowds and critics. Firth and Rush are at the top of their games (cue safe Oscar-predictions en masse). The scene where "Bertie" forces out a spree of swear-words was hysterical.
Rated 28 Feb 2011
67
81st
Rather subdued, but certain aspects of it are admirable. For instance, the set design is wonderful and some visual shots are nice. However, the real reason to see this film is Firth and Rush. Alone, they each deliver nice performances, but their chemistry is just fantastic, with Rush's irreverent wit playing perfectly off of Firth's introspective and formal personality. I would love if the movie were just two hours of their conversations.
Rated 04 Jan 2011
5
42nd
The screenplay was filled with excellent wit which was very refreshing especially when its delivered by the superb cast. Does have a couple of niggles. More insight on the king being tortured as a youth rather than a second and unnecessary conflict between Firth/Rush would have been welcome. Some scenes while entertaining get a stage like feel to them and there is some drag during the second act. Overall you're left with a positive feeling, though you will forget about it.
Rated 17 Jan 2011
75
84th
Such a universally inoffensive movie that it will probably win awards by virtue of no one disliking it. But regardless, it has stellar acting performances and a nice dry sense of humor. The history is interesting too, if you're into that sort of thing.
Rated 16 Apr 2020
95
84th
This was my first time watching it in ten years so I'm reranking it. I think this movie is pretty splendid. Firth and Rush are both fantastic and perfectly cast, and Hooper keeps what may sound like a slow movie at a great pace. At times you may even feel like you're there with the actors. Everything looks and feels very much like the era it takes place in, and the ending is both somber and earned at the same time. Definitely worth your time for the acting alone.
Rated 30 Jan 2011
83
77th
This does have the aura of "Oscar bait" all over it, but it rises above the stigma. Hooper relies too heavily on solemn music and the fisheye lenses get tiresome, and let's face it, this is pretty formulaic stuff with no surprises to be had. But I was charmed by Firth, Rush, and Carter. They craft excellent performances, and their roles are well-written with punchy dialogue. If the beats are familiar, at least they're hit quite well, and I especially enjoyed the humor. Pleasantly surprised.
Rated 29 Jan 2011
4
35th
Well made and everything and a great story but not very engaging and completely unremarkable. The script is dry but luckily the actors give it some life but in the end it's not enough to overcome its own shortcomings. How about some scenes showing us Firth's messed up childhood instead of him t-t-telling us? That's just lazy character development. Possibly the most overrated movie of 2010.
Rated 01 Dec 2010
1
0th
Each scene in The King's Speech is so poorly staged that its ineptitude sometimes borders on the avant-garde.
Rated 17 Feb 2011
69
77th
It got a bit boring for me in some parts, I would like to have seen more interaction between King George and his brother. The reasons why his brother abdicated would make the story more interesting. Perhaps someone should make a film about that. Good story with a brilliant cast elevating it. It is a nice feelgood film, which is executed really well. However I don't think it's going to be thought of as a classic in years to come. Quite the opposite, most people will probably forget all about it.
Rated 29 Jan 2011
67
39th
Fine acting, cinematography, sound and production design - I love the use of light in particular - but the script is insidiously facile, craftily designed from the bottom up to be tidy and polite and unchallenging and reassuring, and mostly to be perfect awards bait. The triumph of the speech in question is not enough; we have an epilogue of the family waving to the masses forced upon us. Yet this epilogue is not enough; we must READ that Lionel and Bertie are friends, forever & ever, amen.
Rated 25 Jan 2011
84
73rd
Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are incredible and carry the film on the undeniable power of their Oscar-worthy performances (Rush would be a shoe-in if not for Christian Bale). Would have liked more back story on Albert's youth and perhaps a little longer ending after the speech to truly reflect upon the dark days that were approaching Europe. The happier, hopeful ending was appropriate for the main subject of the film, but not necessarily from a historical standpoint. Still, a great biopic.
Rated 28 Feb 2011
85
92nd
A genuinely all-around good movie, with stellar acting from Rush and especially Firth, as the demanding title role. For a sober historical drama, it was refreshingly witty and even though it doesn't really tread any new ground, it has enough charm and heart to silence any opposition...
Rated 03 Jan 2011
75
72nd
Utterly predictable and yet totally enjoyable, "The King's Speech" is an accomplished period drama, benefited by a witty, heartfelt script, solid direction, lavish production values and, of course, splendid performances. Firth excels as the stammering king, Rush is delightful as the eccentric sidekick and the all-star supporting cast is also strong. With humor, British flair and emotional resonance, "Speech" rises above most of the films in its genre and is great if unremarkable entertainment.
Rated 19 Jan 2011
82
65th
Well-made w/ brilliant actors, the stakes here still don't amount 2 much. Sure, it culls some emotion from the Firth/Rush friendship& only the most hard-hearted won't feel sympathetic 2 some1 struggling w/ so much shame, but it's still hard 2 care much about a king's inability2 give a speech when, given royal privilege, he can read aloud as haltingly as he pleases & the civilians HAVE 2 like it or lump it; & let's not 4get: it's the politicians actually in charge who the people need 2 hear from.
Rated 16 Jul 2014
50
26th
The praise for this film is ridiculous: it's the Karate Kid with British royalty. The historical backdrop gives it a veneer of sophistication, but the story is not any more complicated than the relationship between Daniel son and Mr.Miyagi. It wasn't as inspiring either. Wax on, wax off.
Rated 27 Jan 2011
90
94th
Beautifully performed by its three leads, and pretty much irresistible if you're an Anglophile or a stutterer (I'm at least one of those). It's about a lot of things: the pressures of public life, loyalty, obligations, good impressions. Mainly, though, it's a funny, gripping, often rousing tale about friendship and perseverance, and how the former often serves to nourish and encourage the latter.
Rated 08 Dec 2010
80
68th
LIke all too many British films of late, this feels like pro-plutocrat propaganda. Nonetheless, this is an entertaining, well-made little story. Fine cast, witty script, loads of very British professionalism... all told, a nice night out at the pictures
Rated 30 Jan 2011
80
80th
A captivating story of an unlikely friendship, set on the backdrop of one man's need to rise to occasion. It is a fascinating irony that the stuttering George VI becomes a reluctant king of a near symbollic monarchy, just as the world faces the rethorical mastermind of Adolf Hitler. A little 'Oscar friendly', a few scenes involving Logue's family and passion for theatre are redundant, and a third act conflict seems rather flat. Other than that: Beautiful, interesting, well acted, well done.
Rated 31 Jan 2011
89
90th
The King's Speech isn't a masterpiece, it falls just short of that due to being admittedly generic in the overall story which is nothing new: person overcomes disability and becomes a hero. With that said the film is far better than that due to an absolutely stellar cast and a script with incredible dialog. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are both superb heading the rest of the cast and it's fun to see some of BBC's Pride and Prejudice cast together again. Definitely worth a watch.
Rated 18 Jan 2011
50
30th
(See Jurispathic's review. Spot on) It's a total Oscar deroute. You can put two men in a room, make one stutter and one charming. It'll win you oscars if you add some classical music and some quite good cinematography. But it is a TRIVIAL story and the most interesting parts are the downplayed ones about the nazi brother or the political implications of a weak king in wartime. This film would've been forgotten at once if it hadn't been for Hollywood's decaying charm and lousy judgement.
Rated 04 Mar 2011
95
82nd
An incredibly pleasant film to watch. The painterly shot composition and witty but subdued dialog lend the film a dignified grace. Firth is excellent (he truly deserved that Oscar) and has great screen chemistry with Rush. The story beats occasionally fall into cliche, but the film exudes such charm and honesty it is easy to forgive. A great film about a great bromance.
Rated 22 Jan 2011
80
88th
A great historic drama beautifully shot and with great performances by Firth (Who finally and well deserved will take home his first Oscar), Rush and Bonham Carter. Its not all about the stammering, but also about how it is to be born into beeing king. David couldnt do it and George was frightened of what his people might think of him. All in all a moving film where you really sympathize with George and innerly hopes that he will conquer his huge problem... And tits...
Rated 20 Jan 2011
90
92nd
shit piss willy tits
Rated 16 Feb 2011
81
76th
On the surface a very by-the-numbers "inspirational" genre film, but the subtext exploring the role of various kinds of leaders in wartime and the excellent performances let it rise above its humble plot.
Rated 07 Feb 2011
80
70th
A great story. So great that it's incredible it hasn't been told on the big screen before. Firth and Rush deliver excellent performances and the great cinematography engages you in the story from the very first scene. A scene that forces the audience to realize just how big a problem stammering can be when you're speaking through a microphone...
Rated 28 Jan 2011
80
78th
Seidler has crafted a compelling account of a historical footnote. Historical dramas are only palatable when the epic scope of the times serves as the background for a more specific conflict - here Hitler's presence is limited to offhand references and a neat observation on the power of rhetoric. But the highlights of the film are clearly the performances: Firth and Rush are both amazing in difficult roles, and Carter did a fine job with what could have been a forgettable one.
Rated 27 Jan 2011
87
75th
Fine performances from Firth and Rush which will almost certainly net Firth the oscar. Didn't have nearly as many oscar-baity scenes as I thought there would be and this turned out to be a very well done drama/period-piece. There's nothing particularily amazing about it, doesn't break any new ground, but it's well-shot, well-acted and well-scored to make for a very enjoyable film.
Rated 24 Feb 2011
83
95th
Even though I was a little bit disappointed (due to extremely high expectations), I have to admit that this is a wonderfully made film. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are amazing, but also the supporting actors (Spall!!! to name just one) make The King's speech a pleasure to watch. It may not be a masterpiece, but it's still very warmly recommended.
Rated 22 May 2019
60
32nd
Pretty nifty that My Fair Lady has now won Best Picture twice.
Rated 12 Aug 2017
50
32nd
Feelgood snooze fest for working class people who indulgently believe that royals just need a low class kick in the pants in order to fix what ails them.
Rated 14 Mar 2011
80
81st
It was a litte slow at times but overall good. Maybe also very funny if you ask the audience I watched it with, if you ask me, there were definitely some scenes that made me laugh but not THAT hard! I don't think I will watch it again very soon. Granted, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter were superb but best picture makes me wonder...
Rated 19 Jan 2011
99
97th
Firth's incredible tour-de-force is the centrepiece of marvellous drama. Supporting cast are all superb, from Rush's irreverent but perceptive speech therapist, to Pearce's weaselly King Edward, to Spall's amusing Churchill and Carter's supportive Queen Mum. All are at service to Firth's extraordinarily empathic rendering of Bertie, and a dynamic screenplay by Seidler, expertly balancing the human story with perceptive observations of the political climate in the 30s. A truly wonderous film.
Rated 28 Dec 2010
81
90th
Excellent performances by Firth and Rush, plus a heartwarming script and tight direction yield one of the most uplifting and entertaining offerings of the year.
Rated 20 Feb 2011
6
34th
Aesthetically murky (a rarity for period pieces), uneventful, a music theme which became tedious and repetitive and lastly, lacking the raw filmmaking grandeur which makes a good movie great. Firth and to a smaller degree Rush, barely save the day, though many actors could've probably pulled this off; Sean Penn will deny it, do not believe him nor stare directly into his eyes !
Rated 24 Jan 2011
85
89th
Tom Hooper is truly someone to watch out for. He seems to have a knack for transforming what could have been predictable and sentimental schlocks (as most historical dramas often are) into witty and compelling pieces of entertainment. He did it with The Damned United. He does it again with The King's Speech. Lots of things shouldn't have worked in this mostly conventional drama but damn nearly everything does thanks in part to another sublime performance from Firth.
Rated 27 Jan 2011
79
57th
Well made technically proficient film with two great performances. If that's enough for you then watch and enjoy, but I couldn't help but be left wanting. I give it credit for being enjoyable and well paced, but it never had me emotionally invested despite many subtle, and not so subtle, efforts. A monarch working against a speech impediment loses its luster when there's more sense of frustration than struggle and very few details are shown to flesh out the character.
Rated 12 Jun 2011
70
79th
Sometimes a bit boring, but Rush and Firth are both pretty amazing.
Rated 02 Jan 2011
95
91st
Not so much about the king's speech on itself, but about the persistence of one man against the elements. I loved it. Funny, witty and instructive. Watch it.
Rated 28 Dec 2010
80
88th
The costumes and set decoration are great and the photography magnificent, but what makes "The King's Speech" special are the splendid performances (especially Geoffrey Rush), some hilariously original lines or scenes and, above all, its sober, balanced take on war, willpower, governments and friendship beyond social backgrounds. On the downside, Helena Bonham Carter's part is too small and unexploited.
Rated 24 Dec 2011
90
63rd
Though a little staid and not terribly daring- it really wasn't the best film of 2010, not by a long shot- it's an engaging enough drama that focuses on some great performances.
Rated 01 Jun 2011
90
94th
Excellent performances, a well crafted screenplay, and cinematography that's not afraid to buck the norm. Surprisingly funny, it somewhat glosses over the true turbulence of its era for a more down to earth take on King George. One of the few films to truly earn best picture.
Rated 13 Mar 2011
6
56th
How this movie managed to steal the Oscar from The Social Network is beyond me. You get half a dozen of those safe, annoyingly made-for-an-award type of movies each year, but you won't get another TSN next season. Anyway, at least they could have put a final one-on-one showdown between George VI and Hitler - that way the power of the human spirit would shine even more... Fuckin morons.
Rated 01 Jan 2011
45
85th
Well acted, well written and very, very funny. However, in all honesty, I can't say there was enough here for me to ever desire a second viewing. A fine film, while it lasted.
Rated 22 Apr 2011
50
33rd
Well made and boringly decent.
Rated 24 Sep 2011
59
36th
Some good acting, but benign to the point of insipidity. Pleasant but dull. The kind of movie old people who liked their food chewed for them would like.
Rated 12 Feb 2011
76
38th
Really enjoyable stuff. I liked the cast very much, especially Carter, and the use of odd angles at times was a fun addition. Doesn't deserve to win Best Picture but probably will EDIT yep
Rated 08 Feb 2011
3
68th
Great movie in all respects. Personally I'd give more screentime to T. Spall as W. Churchill because he was bloody hilarious. But besides british cast and Churchill I cannot recall anything really memorable, which means that eventhough all was great, nothing was outstanding. Also I had had high expectations, since it's goal is hunt for Oscars.
Rated 07 Apr 2013
95
99th
Gentle, compelling, precise, human, honest, magical tour de force.
Rated 18 Mar 2011
78
50th
Why am I not surprised that the clichéd feel-good melodrama once again won Best Picture?
Rated 18 Jan 2011
85
82nd
Great, great acting, it's a joy to feast on the glorious sets, walls, curtains, sofas etc. It's a simple, predictable story but it's not a feel good movie, the resolution comes all too late for that. It's a brilliantly, lovingly crafted gem of a movie.
Rated 08 Feb 2011
87
82nd
Not being exited about watching some king learning how to speak, I went to see this one with some skepticism. But then I really enjoyed it - a surprising amount of comedy, good dialogue and some insane camera angles were enough for me.
Rated 01 Mar 2011
65
40th
Though 'The King's Speech' follows basic screenplay structure pretty tightly, I feel like I was waiting for something significant to happen. It's called 'The King's Speech' for a reason. Most of the film consists of two people standing and talking to each other about talking. It's interesting, yes, but I don't ever feel like there's much at stake. The importance of a strong leader is evident, but never getting outside of the walls of various palaces or apartments never lets me buy into it fully.
Rated 01 Mar 2011
89
91st
Irrespective of the nature of the "protagonists" this is a story about the inner struggle of a man to overcome his "demons" ... his lack of self confidence brought on by his stammer ( or indeed, vice versa ). Anyone who at any time has had such a struggle will find Firths portrayal utterly believeable, utterly brilliant. Not for one second do you doubt he has a speech impediment and not for one moment do you doubt he inhabits a world of turmoil. Quite brilliant... as was Rush and Bonham-Carter
Rated 01 Jan 2011
5
57th
There can be no question that, like The Queen and An Education before it, it's getting the British Accent Bump, wherein critics act like every drama with British accents is a few notches better than it actually is as to appear smart. But it's still a fine film that balances historical drama with moments of warmth and humor, with a trio of powerhouse performances from Firth, Rush, and Bonham Carter (not to mention Michael Gambon in his few minutes of screentime). The titular scene is gripping.
Rated 30 Jan 2011
45
23rd
This film by Hooper/Weinstein wants to be so inspirational that it completely forgets its own core: instead of an insightful look into royalty, it depicts a predictable friendship story between an ordinary man and a flawed king. Well, I guess they should leave that to Pixar, shouldn't they?
Rated 03 Sep 2011
80
84th
On the historical precipice of the second world war the empire faced a serious problem..the King (Bertie to the brood) had a most un-kingly stutter akin to that of the Yank Porky Pig and a bully brother engaged in unbecoming libertine whoremastery with a twice divorced trollop. Enter Lionel Logue esquire, salt o' the earth Aussie speech wizard who doesn't take shit from mouthy muggle kings. There's a warm but conventional story here with solid acting and shot after beautifully composed shot.
Rated 30 Apr 2011
3
45th
Some of the best Oscar bait I've ever seen. Sure it's a little formulaic and predictable, but the acting is superb and it's beautiful to look at. I wasn't expecting as intimate a psychological portrait as it provides, nor did I expect it to be so hilarious.
Rated 10 Mar 2011
75
64th
Better than it seems to be but nos as good as it wants.
Rated 02 Feb 2011
49
6th
Such a conservative film which fails to say anything interesting despite of some promising material. Its lack of guts annoys me. Having said that, the actors do a great job, especially in light of the often horrible dialogue, and in the end that is what saves this film from being downright bad.
Rated 12 Apr 2019
70
26th
"You're the bravest man I know" ...really? a pampered aristocrat who's only stress is to read words at a time when two successive generations of young men endured the hellish tortures of wars created entirely by Bertie's thankfully self-extincting class. Impossible to have sympathy for this plot. Utterly fails to investigate the psychological underpinnings of stammering, despite ample opportunity. The brilliant Firth and Rush could have chosen to do something far more worthwhile with their time.
Rated 13 Jan 2011
80
78th
Firth delivers the finest performance of his career in a beautifully crafted, emotionally engaging and utterly amusing drama that utilizes the standard storytelling conventions with style and grace.
Rated 22 Apr 2011
80
88th
The movie is good in all respects. The movie presents the relationship between King George VI and a speech therapist Lionel Logue. The onscreen chemistry between Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush portrays this very well. The acting, direction and cinematography makes this movie. The length of the movie is perfect. Overall an awesome movie, a must watch for one and all.
Rated 16 Aug 2013
8
85th
Enjoyment: 8/10, Plot: 8/10 Themes: 7/10 Cinematography: 8/10 Direction: 8/10 Acting: 8/10 Writing: 8/10 Score: 10/10 Editing: 8/10 Design: 8/10
Rated 05 Feb 2011
73
79th
Hats off to the writer and the director for creating an intelligent, rhythmic and fascinating drama out of such a paper-thin premise, but it would never have worked without the outstanding performances of Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. Firth in particular is pretty amazing.
Rated 23 Mar 2011
65
59th
Solid work all around. A fine script and superb turns by Firth and Rush help this movie carry out its modest goals.
Rated 06 Feb 2011
88
90th
One of the best biopics ever. The actors totally convinced me that they were indeed the characters they played. Rush and Firth themsleves can carry on a whole film without us getting bored. A true friendship story and a joy to watch the two in action.
Rated 20 Feb 2011
70
88th
Having initially expected little, TKS is a surprisingly engrossing account of George VI's struggle with a stutter and his sudden ascent to the throne. The two hours flies past, ably assisted by a simple script, limited locations and a pitch-perfect cast (Firth and Rush in particular are both excellent). There's nothing spectacular here, and I certainly won't be clamouring to see it again in a hurry, but with so little to complain about it'd be wrong to award it anything but a generous rating.
Rated 27 Jan 2011
66
36th
The performances are all worth seeing, otherwise the movie does a few things right and doesn't take any risks doing anything wrong. In the end it's a nice watch but simply forgettable.
Rated 22 Jan 2011
60
54th
A somewhat unexciting biopic, but Rush, with his incredible wry humour, is excellent as always. The cinematography is pretty, sometimes too pretty, but worthwhile seeing it for.
Rated 29 Jan 2011
94
91st
A riveting story about something so simple: speech. Carter, Rush and Firth give some of the best performances of the year.
Rated 18 Nov 2019
85
63rd
Definitely worthy of the praise it got. It's awards bait material and captured them. It's neither here nor there for me. Entertaining but certainly not as engaging as other historical based films. Firth is likable but not great and Rush is the standout and there is no denying that.
Rated 04 May 2015
50
34th
This winning the Oscar over Inception, Black Swan and The Social Network will go down as one of Academy's greatest fails of all time.
Rated 21 Jan 2011
72
50th
Stuttering Magillicutty delivers a speech sans stutters. Lovely posh proper Britishy royalty shit.
Rated 23 Oct 2012
72
48th
An average movie lifted by it's incredibly talented cast. Firth, Rush, and Carter all excel in their roles, but there's nothing about this movie to set it apart from all the other bland biopics with good casts. It's safe and predictable, but done well enough that it never annoys and keeps you interested throughout.
Rated 14 Feb 2019
38
23rd
Very predictable and very manipulative. This movie tries to make us sympathize with the absolutely horrible royal family. Sure, it's nice and emotional to see a fellow getting over his handicap and managing to deliver a speech, but what speech are we talking about? That of the leader of a country that, while standing against Hitler, was still brutally colonizing 25% of the world. Churchill was himself a bloody warmonger. A lot of history is put under the rug for the purpose. British propaganda.
Rated 07 Jan 2013
92
75th
D.. d... d. deserved all the r... r. recognition it received. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush both put forth stunning performances.
Rated 18 Jan 2011
82
80th
Firth is wonderful, of course, but the chemistry between he and Rush is what truly shines. As funny and heartfelt as these scenes were, it was unfortunate that everything in between came across as a little bland. Any film that wastes Guy Pearce's talent gets docked points- no questions asked. Still, a lovely film that serves as an unorthodox inspiration.
Rated 01 Jan 2011
60
31st
Yes, there's good acting, but I wished the film spent more time with the the King and his speech therapist. It would have been nice to have more revelations and insights into the King and the reasons behind his stuttering.
Rated 31 Aug 2011
66
26th
Rightful Oscar winners: Beethoven, Mozart, Costume Design, Art Direction.
Rated 27 Dec 2010
95
88th
I loved this film. It is beautifully shot and composed with Colin Firth's performance to fascinate, captivate, and amuse. A great movie.
Rated 19 Jan 2011
85
91st
Great cinematography, great art direction, great editing, great script, great acting (especially the brilliant performance of Colin Firth)...you name what it takes to make a great movie...this one has it all...
Rated 17 May 2011
95
89th
Colin Firth gives a masterful performance in The King's Speech, a predictable but stylishly produced and rousing period drama.
Rated 29 Aug 2015
81
18th
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Rated 28 Feb 2011
78
64th
Certainly very good, but worthy of Best Picture? I can't believe it.
Rated 25 Feb 2011
90
96th
A great film. Overall, probably deserves the best picture for 2010.
Rated 19 Jun 2011
78
73rd
I'm pretty sure Logue would never have been that familiar with the royal family, but then the film would have been even more formal and stiff that it already was, so I guess they chose the better option.
Rated 24 Nov 2020
49
22nd
Not an awful film. Just so much of it fails to inspire anything more than feelings of insipity.
Rated 16 Dec 2012
90
87th
It's a real treat to all admirers of the English language. Good script and remarkable acting.
Rated 05 Feb 2011
70
53rd
user "ZayanK" said it for me.
Rated 07 Feb 2011
98
97th
Great history of family problems, friendship, duty and struggle. Awsome performance of Colin and the lead roll interpred by Geoffrey Rush.. Good script and great director! So interesting real story..
Rated 23 Mar 2011
70
67th
I'm not sure this film is worth all the hype it got, but it is very good. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were brilliant. And it was nice to see Helena Bonham Carter in a non-wacky role, for a change. I can't really say it affected me emotionally too much or challenged me, but it was very watchable, if just for the performances alone.
Rated 29 Jul 2011
60
28th
Not bad, not great, just...safe. It's so safe that I feel insulted. Nothing is new. When is the film world going to understand that Zardoz has had Beethoven's 7th on lockdown for nigh-forty years now and that's it's one of the most tired things you could throw in your movie? Every aspect of it is adequate but I don't even care. The standard classical cinematography, the soft piano score, the one performance engineered for an Oscar...bleh.
Rated 30 Jan 2011
80
89th
Despite not liking history much myself, films like this are incredibly enjoyable, because they focus on a single part in time, and don't try to make me learn about the history behind it. They make you feel like you are there, in the time period they are set in, and draw you in. The story is simple, but captivating, the acting is great, and you will care for the characters by the end. The King's Speech was really enjoyable, and most surprisingly, incredibly funny.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
96
95th
I'll take this 'King' over THE QUEEN, any day! ...Better in every department, that's for sure!
Rated 08 Jan 2011
77
40th
A worthy, low-key drama that never gets too saccharine or artificially uplifting. I could watch the back and forth between Firth and Rush all day.
Rated 21 Dec 2023
70
42nd
I really like Geoffrey Rush, hated the photography. The shmaltzy Oscar bait you're expecting.
Rated 18 Jan 2021
90
97th
Well, Geoffrey Rush is unbelievable, as usual. I also discovered an interesting piece of history which i was ignoring the existence. Brilliant writing, has been a joy to watch.
Rated 05 Mar 2011
77
64th
Superbly nuanced performance from the cast. Esp liked Helena Bonham's. But was hoping for more.

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