The King's Speech is simultaneously cozy and majestic.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Too ingratiating to resonate deeply.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
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.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Complacent middlebrow tosh engineered for maximum awards bling and catering to a nostalgia for the royalty we've never actually had to live with.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
A picnic for Anglophiles, not to mention a prospective Oscar bonanza for the brothers Weinstein, The King's Speech is a well-wrought, enjoyably amusing inspirational drama that successfully humanizes, even as it pokes fun at, the House of Windsor.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
One of the many remarkable things about The King's Speech is how this subtle film's central relationship speaks to the divisions between people.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The King's Speech is one of the most pleasurable movies to come along in years.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
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.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
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.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
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.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
... as a genteel middlebrow entertainment, [this] is largely very well-played indeed, and thus deserves to do well.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
There is a kernel to this movie which feels harder and more stubborn than the pleasing, period fluff that enfolds it.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
If the British monarchy is good for nothing else, it's superb at producing the subjects of films.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
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.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
As the speechmaker and his speech teacher, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush elevate each other's game to the stratosphere and beyond.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Classic, rousing entertainment loaded with both humor and poignancy.
Tom Long - Detroit News
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.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The King's Speech has left me speechless.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
A stirring, handsomely mounted tale of unlikely friendship starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.
Peter Debruge - Variety
The King's Speech is the rare work of art that's also an immense crowdpleaser.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's the odds-on favourite to win Best Picture at the next Academy Awards in February, and deservedly so.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A film like this arrives on the scene and restores my faith, not only in movies but in humankind itself.
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
Tom Hooper turns history into formula. Can poor Bertie gather the nerves to address his people when duty calls? Take a wild guess.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
The King's Speech is a lively burst of populist rhetoric, superbly performed and guaranteed to please even discriminating crowds.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Colin Firth excels as England's shy, repressed, stammering monarch, George VI (aka "Bertie"), in a performance that's deftly matched, syllable for syllable, by Geoffrey Rush.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
It's a warm, richly funny and highly enjoyable human story that takes an intriguing sideways glance at a crucial period in 20th-century history.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
A fully satisfying and uplifting period piece that achieves its dramatic potential without sacrificing historical accuracy.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The King's Speech has been crafted to serve as an actors' showcase first and foremost and Firth and Rush don't disappoint.
Ethan Alter - Hollywood Reporter
A riveting, intimate account at how a British king triumphed over a speech impediment with the help of an unorthodox speech coach.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
If you can get past the nagging sensation that what you're watching is a cynical calculation to appeal to the Academy, well, you'll be delighted, because the The King's Speech is undeniably charming.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The King's Speech adheres to every rule in the Oscar playbook.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The King's Speech -- a crowning achievement powered by a dream cast -- digs vibrant human drama out of the dry dust of history.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
By now we almost take Firth's brilliance for granted. Almost. He's magnificent here, as are Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Both actors completely inhabit their absorbing roles, relishing the opportunity their exchanges provide and adding unlooked-for layers to a complicated human relationship.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Firth masterfully conveys the ego of royalty undercut so sharply by the humility of Albert's predicament.
John Serba - MLive.com
The King's Speech is the kind of history lesson you wish you had gotten in school, an inspiring private story behind a public person that layers high-minded ideals and occasionally lowbrow humor.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The film is richly rooted, with splendid trappings, including pea-soup fogs. For all the pomp and protocol, it's an intimate story about a scared man who must find his voice if he is to rise, in regal stature, above his epaulets.
This year's likable Brit period piece that will most likely win over both awards voters and older audiences looking for something to see that's not in 3-D.
This is prestige-moviemaking at a high level.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
Rush is enormously entertaining as the free-spirited Lionel (at one point he plunks himself down on the throne, rendering the king horror-struck). He also makes his character's sadder shades felt.
Anita Katz - San Francisco Examiner
The surprise may be that for all the attention on Firth -- who's certainly good -- Rush actually proves more impressive.
Scott Renshaw - Salt Lake City Weekly
Here's how you know Colin Firth's performance in this movie is among the year's very finest: He plays a figure born into almost unimaginable wealth, privilege and power and succeeds at making you feel sorry for him.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
Tom Hooper's movie, from 73-year-old David Seidler's script, is more than the sum of its words, preserving two ham-on-wry performances in a pig-headed reversal of Pygmalion.
Movies love odd couples, and The King's Speech offers up a regal one in the voiceless monarch and his insistent teacher and confidant, Lionel, who wins a place in the abject Bertie's heart that few in his family are seen to have done.
The handsomely made and deeply moving King's Speech is one of 2010's best and most heartwarming films, and it should clean up mightily come awards season.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
Everyone loves the story of an underdog, and everyone will love The King's Speech, a rare movie for grown-ups.
It's an uplifting audience pleaser that also showcases film-making arts and crafts at an exalted level.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph
Watching Firth agonisingly stammer his way through the closing speech at the Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium in 1925 is a masterclass in acting.
- Daily Star
All in all, The King's Speech is perfectly pleasant and completely unremarkable. As far as end-of-the-year Oscar bait goes, you could do a lot worse.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
A thoroughly satisfying drama about how history casts the most unlikely actors for its plum parts.
The King's Speech is a joy, and I adore it.
Exceptional performances? To be sure. Exceptional movie? Not quite.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
A superior historical drama and a sincerely inspiring movie experience.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
It's beautifully shot, wonderfully acted and built around a moment of suspense Hitchcock would have been proud of.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth [give] two greedily captivating but seemingly effortlessly rendered performances that fill out screenwriter David Seidler's characterisations with the charisma and commanding presence of two actors at the top of their game.
Luke Buckmaster - Crikey
Call it a glossy inspirational inversion of Pygmalion, or a sports flick for those who prefer royals to athletes, but there's no denying the universal appeal of director Tom Hooper's tastefully wrapped package.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
Chris Knight - National Post
The King's Speech features a fantastic, awards courting performance by Firth and is also brilliantly written, resulting in a surprisingly tense and very entertaining watch.
Will Chadwick - We Got This Covered
Hooper...has become something of a specialist in exhuming British history from the mothballs of Masterpiece Theatre.
Scott Foundas - Film Comment Magazine
An inspiring story about one man's quest to overcome a speech impediment to lead his nation.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
Tom Hooper delves beneath the pomp and circumstance to root out the essence of his characters, while also making them immensely relatable.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
A powerful back story does not necessarily improve a movie, but The King's Speech has a pretty irresistible one. It might even end with a dramatic night at the Oscars in February.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
In The King's Speech, Colin Firth once again reminds us of what a great actor he is.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Polished, thoughtful and touching.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Inspiring, funny, touching, and delivered with craftsmanship and artistry.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's refreshing to see a historical drama avoid grand gestures and sweeping melodrama in favor of smaller more intimate stories.
Matthew Odam - Austin American-Statesman
The King's Speech is admirably free of easy answers and simple, happy endings; it's a skewed, awards-ready version of history, but one polished to a fine, satisfying shine.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
It is a wonderful entertainment, a fascinating history lesson and a showcase for several delightful performances.
Jay Stone - Canada.com
A polite, occasionally rousing, and more often than not, boring affair.
Christopher Kelly - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
A charming, personal period drama.
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
See it, then say it for yourself: The King's Speech is the best movie of 2010.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
The King's Speech is an entertainingly crafted movie that doesn't linger too long in the mind.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out Chicago
It's a fine, absorbing work, built with brilliance and without excessive showiness or flash. It feels, in fact, like a classic virtually upon its arrival.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
The relationship between a commoner teacher and regal student provides for enough drama, and the obstacle overcome is both inspiring and unique.
Josh Jackson - Paste Magazine
A feel-good movie with a hearty dose of history and a hint of edge, a most-deserving Oscar winner
Despite the obvious movie structure that gets forced onto historical events, The King's Speech is a terrific film with great performances and an inspiring story.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
It's not quite the world-beating effort the British film press might have you thinking it is, but it's a perfectly functional, frequently enjoyable biopic that knows the right buttons to push and has all the right people pushing them.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
It's a wonderfully delightful film filled with great performances, particularly from Firth and Rush. This is one of the best films of the year and should not be missed.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Every quality amounts to a big so what? for me.
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
( ... ) a British film where the swearing isn't a bolted-on means of trying to appeal to the cloth-eared.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
The story is consistently fascinating (though it certainly plays rather fast and loose with historical facts) whilst Hooper manages to wring dramatic tension out of some of the most seemingly mundane incidents.y.
Laurence Boyce - The Baltic Times
Firth is simply magnificent ...
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
A humorous look at an oft-ignored section of British history.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
This is a film worth talking about.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
It is a rare movie indeed that successfully uses empathy rather than sympathy. We feel what the character feels, instead of feeling for them.
Burl Burlingame - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
This movie took me by surprise -- I had no idea that it that would be the most satisfying, affecting buddy movie of the recent past.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
A British production featuring meticulous period detail, outstanding performances from Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter, and inventive staging and visuals
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
Movies like this allow you to fall in love with a historical family you probably wouldn't want to be friends with otherwise.
Dave White - Movies.com
Why did Edward abdicate again? What am I, a history professor?
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
Can't be defined by its 'R' rating or by the 'period piece' label. It may be about a king, but it speaks to the royalty in all of us.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
The threat of world war looms outside the door, but the movie is really about one man, at war with himself, and the people close to him who helped him find peace.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Witty script, quirky performances, flawless casting and wonderfully inventive cinematography. Golf claps all round.
Marc Fennell - Triple j
If it might typically be hard to feel too terribly sorry for one of the most privileged human beings ever to walk the planet... Firth more than makes up for that with what is one of the great performances not just of this year but in cinema history.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Like similar films with populist appeal, it both embraces its feel-good intentions and wears them on its sleeve. And it executes its model to near perfection.
Kenneth R. Morefield - Christianity Today
The tone shifts, lamentably, from one buoyed by awkward comedy and very British charm to one that is more concerned with decorum and duty. What was a remarkably entertaining costume drama soon becomes a remarkable slog.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Such is the power in Rush and Firth's performances that you can't wait until they're on-screen next.
Matt Neal - The Standard
A compelling and gripping declaration of the impact of words and the power it can build in and around a kingdom...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Apesar de adoravel, e um grande filme? Uma obra que mereca, por exemplo, entrar no restritissimo clube das producoes indicadas a 12 Oscars ou mais? A resposta, temo, e um inequivoco "nao".
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Hooper has teased out of the brilliant script and Oscar-worthy central performances an electric crowd-pleaser that borrows the best of Brit period cinema...while eliding the very worst.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
An utterly absorbing relationship study between a Royal and a commoner ... shining gem in British cinema's crown jewels, full of wit and decorum.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
A crowning achievement that's sure to be the talk of this awards season.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
designed to be a feel-good history lesson, one that reminds us in no uncertain terms that royals are people too, while not dismissing the wealth of privilege they call home
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The King's Speech is the epitome of prestige cinema, an impeccably crafted and emotionally compelling drama that deserves the many laurels it surely will receive.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Wonderful entertainment, anchored by two brilliant actors acting brilliantly together.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
(...) Una pelicula riquisima, inteligente, excelentemente interpretada y que nos permite descubrir un capitulo poco conocido de la historia real britanica.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
A scantily used Rorschach device typifies the wasted potential here.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
This is an actor's movie and the three leads are absolutely brilliant.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
It's the sort of thing we do awf'ly well.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
This excellent buddy flick is an easily accessible and very satisfying comedy-drama... An intelligent, feel-good hit.
Andrew Hedley - Flicks.co.nz
Wonderful performances, a bit of history and an absorbing character study make 'The King's Speech' one of the best movies of the year.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
A tender contemplation on duty and the crippling weight of expectancy.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
Not for the action crowd but for those who like their movies deep and inspiring this is one of the best ever.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A smart historical pic.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The King's Speech is hand's down 2010's best movie and will - in the end - leave you speechless.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
"The King's Speech" is a finely crafted period piece that mixes drama, some social comedy and sumptuous movie making into an entertaining and inspirational cinematic experience.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
I'm sure I could find a fault somewhere in this film if I really tried, but it wouldn't be significant enough to matter. The King's Speech is perfect.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
Although he plays up the odd-couple comedy, Hooper knows how to bring out the anguish behind the humour.
Philip Kemp - Sight and Sound
A touching, impeccably made drama with wonderful characters and some of the year's most memorable dialogue.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
A well crafted piece of entertainment built around a couple of flashy but engaging performances from Firth and Geoffrey Rush...
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Overall the film is a major achievement, with Firth presenting us with a great profile in courage, a portrait of that recurrent figure, the stammerer as hero.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The relationship between teacher and monarch is what really makes the film worth seeing.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
It's got plenty to admire but when the credits roll and the lights come up, it's difficult not to feel used.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
It all adds up to a very special film with a near-perfect mix of pathos, humour and well-observed period detail.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The King's Speech is an impeccably crafted chapter from recent British history that charts a remarkable and unlikely friendship between two men from opposite sides of the class divide.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
This is a stunning piece of cinema and a perfect, feel-good start to the New Year.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
The King's Speech is the kind of well-acted, handsomely mounted, British period piece that seems more meaningful while you're watching it than it actually is. That, however, doesn't make it any less entertaining.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
The King's Speech is all about layers, and (director Tom) Hooper keeps it humming on several at once.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
The true-life story of a king's efforts to overcome his stammer in order to face his public, constructed like a contemporary makeover narrative.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
The rumours are completely true. The superlatives are completely justified. Colin Firth really does give the performance of his life as the Queen's father, George VI.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Not just one of the most entertaining British films in years, but one of the most intriguing, too.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
Top-drawer performances and a script spun from an intriguing episode in the British blueblood annals, this is a solid, slick but undeniably conventional crowd-pleaser.
Sophie Ivan - Film4
Very funny in some places, full of tension in others and terribly moving at times, The King's Speech is brilliantly written and performed.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
By the film's end I was in tears: a pathetic critic-thing whimpering in the half-dark, knocked into resistlessness by the power of storytelling.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
A fascinating insight into an untold piece of history, The King's Speech is warm-hearted and funny when it could have been frightfully dull.
Alastair Roy - The Skinny
It certainly has the whiff of Oscar bait about it. But when it's executed this superbly you can't help but concede it's good enough to warrant it.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
A rich and warm study of the royal family of England. This is one of the best-written films of the year.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
The players are as good as you'd expect and while this is clearly positioned as high-end heritage drama, it shows a keen wit.
Michael Bonner - Uncut Magazine [UK]
A stuffy melodrama tailored for the therapist acting-a-thon. A tragic combo.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Colin Firth's made an amazing film by being a stuttering, upper-class English gent? Hugh Grant must be bloody kicking himself.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
As you get into the film you realize it's...quite an extraordinary framework in which Colin Firth can deliver this performance.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
The problem isn't the performers, but the waste of potentially interesting aspects
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
At its best when highlighting the delightful badinage between Colin Firth as the recently-crowned King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as his not so humble servant, a charming rogue if there ever was one.
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
Think the blazing joys of Chariots Of Fire where the race is to the end of a sentence. Can it be that the British are coming?
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
This is actually one of the year's best films, featuring two great performances by two great actors.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Gains its mileage from likable characters being played by fine actors, and ends up as another example of formula polished to a bright shine.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Two great performances, neither marked by that 'look at me!' showiness all too often found in those genteel, award-grubbing, British period pieces that always come out this time of year. Instead they seem, well, very human.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Hooper shoots much of the action with Terry Gilliam-esque 'fisheye' lenses, to suggest that Bertie feels alienated from his environment and to add a funhouse aspect to a story that might have been played entirely straight...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Firth and Rush are the best on-screen duo of the year.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
The film everybody's talking about is, quite fittingly, a film about talking. And a great one, certainly as far as A-grade performance showcases go.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
Hooper keeps us focused on what's best about "The King's Speech": the sort of complicated, unusual relationship that is an ideal subject for a movie.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
In a 24-hour news cycle, it's hard to believe a man with the elocution of a Pet Rock could be crowned King of the World. But at a time when the phonograph was high-tech and British figureheads weren't doing karaoke with Elton John, it could happen.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Lots of people will consider The King's Speech the best movie of the year; for me it's simply one of the best-made movies of the year.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The King's Speech is the kind of production that makes you ask: why can't every film be made this way?
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
he King's Speech brings a country's amorphous fear of war and a sudden king's dread of his hesitant supremacy into perfect, uncommon focus.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Straight from the school of Inspirational Tales from History, what it lacks in novelty it makes up for in executing this type of movie-making about as well as it can be done.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The King's Speech is anything but a stiff-upper-lip drama as constrained as a corseted queen. It is, however, perfect film fodder for discerning audiences starved for literate entertainment.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
"The King's Speech" is old-fashioned filmmaking at its best: a good story, elegantly told, and a joy to watch.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Rush gives a singular performance...
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A stylish historical drama that suffers from self-importance.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
A warm and compelling drama filled with humanity and the happy knack for being moving and funny at the same time.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
This cinematic royal gem should take its rightful place as king of the mountain right alongside "The Queen," "Elizabeth" and "Shakespeare in Love." This movie is my choice to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
Forget the Ashes, this is the history making Australia vs. England match you need to be watching come Boxing Day.
Alice Tynan - The Vine
The film is beautifully put together, bouncing back and forth between comedic highpoints and tear-inducing moments of triumph ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Against the odds, The King's Speech is a triumph, a laugh-until-you-cry, cry-until-you-laugh emotional roller coaster.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
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.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Although far from a traditional end-of-year monarchical film, The King's Speech is an entertaining sidebar to history and, unlike the King's actual speech, is a joy to sit through.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
In an era of broheim nonsense, where the idea of male companionship means watching louts suck down tall boys and grunt about their grim sex life, it's refreshing to find a film observe a union of intelligence and vulnerability.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The true story of a man who had to literally and metaphorically find his voice, with in a very real sense the fate of the world depending on it.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
An enormously entertaining picture that proves you can make an enormously entertaining picture out of familiar elements.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The power of The King's Speech comes from its performances. Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter have been perfectly cast.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
With the calendar almost closed, the best mature drama of 2010 arrives. Firth and Rush are majestic, as is Hooper's handling of touching history.
Ben McEachen - Empire Magazine Australasia
It's hard to imagine a much better film being made from this material.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
Through this often tumultuous friendship is where The King's Speech finds its heartbeat, Rush contemplating Firth's reserve with a spirited turn full of soul and humour, yet never over the top in that awards reel sort of way.
Matthew Pejkovic - Trespass
A playful comic drama that treats serious matters of state as a sitcom-level inconvenience for three perfectly delightful characters played by three talented actors at peak blitheness.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The King Speech ... is practically the definition of Oscar bait. It's a veritable trifle of sumptuous delights for members of the Academy to nosh on. The King's Speech is Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory to the voters' Augustus Gloop.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
It is uncommon to find a film which can make you cry and cheer with equal measure. Such in the power that this King embodies.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
The film begins to crackle with life the moment Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth first appear on screen together. Their playful banter offsets the story's gloomy backdrop.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A thrilling,right Royal tale of friendship, duty and diction
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
Cinematically told and firmly rooted in its characters, this is an absolute crowd pleaser.
Annette Basile - FILMINK (Australia)
Firth catches all this in a performance that runs from anguish to a deadpan acceptance of the absurdities that are part of his predicament.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
The movie's main accomplishment is that it takes Grade A Oscar fodder and makes it not only tolerable, but enjoyable.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
The film is made by Firth and Rush smartly delivering the clever lines of David Seidler's script.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Few films this year have had as well-rounded a mix of acting, direction, sound and picture, but The King's Speech is in every respect a beautiful film, beautifully played by its principal and supporting cast.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
Brilliantly observed, thoughtful, intellifent.
Boo Allen - Cedar Hill Sentinel (TX)
A fantastic, crowd-pleaser of a movie that's my pick for best film of 2010. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
This is a film bursting with words; much of it elegant dialogue, some of it energetic bursts of profanity. But Lionel and Bertie's close relationship is built soundly upon them, and it's a believable bond.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
There are certain films which you know immediately are destined for many accolades and awards. "The King's Speech" is one of those.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
The MPAA saw fit to saddle "The King's Speech" with an "R" rating because of an occasional naughty word. That's truly a shame because this film is a genuine treasure.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Viewers expecting the stiff royal drama that the dull title implies will be as surprised.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
The King's Speech is a good film that's been inflated by some viewers to great even if it doesn't quite deserve the throne.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
The King's Speech contains brilliant cinematography, acting and direction. The flick was as exciting as 3D action-adventure! Give Firth the Oscar!
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
So refreshingly entertaining and touching that you want everyone you know to see it twice.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A beautifully crafted, sturdily constructed, sublimely written story shimmering with robust humanity and impish wit.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Strip it down to its barest form, and what you have is a been-there-done-that sports movie with a speech standing in for 'the big game'.
"The King's Speech" is irresistibly entertaining, wonderfully acted and funny thanks to Rush's comic brilliance and straight-man Firth's amazing performance
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Tom Hooper has managed to take a predictable story fit for a TV movie and turn it into one of the year's best films.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
This plush, evocative slice of British royal history is also an irresistible portrait of an unlikely friendship and a rousing tale of triumph over adversity.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
There is no suspense in this, but there is much to enjoy in the performances. Rush is one of our best character actors, and Firth is perfect for this.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Most people will enjoy The King's Speech, and many will forget it immediately afterwards.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
A rich comedy of class reconciliation, the humanity of regality, and the healing power of vocal exercises.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The sheer audacity of the story is its best part
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Geoffrey Rush is bloody marvellous
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
The Madness of King George (1994) is a lot more substantive than this precious bid for kneejerk Oscars.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
David Seidler writes in a way that Aaron Sorkin of The Social Network couldn't; he successfully balances truth and entertainment, injecting a keen sense of humour without costing the film its humanity or credibility.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
This is a real actor's piece and Geoffrey Rush, who was one of the executive producers, and Colin Firth are really superb in these roles; Helena Bonham Carter too.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
The heart of this film is the relationship between Bertie and Lionel and it works superbly because of those performances.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
If the thought of watching a film about the Duke of York overcoming his speech impediment already has you clicking elsewhere, then director Tom Hooper's masterfully-crafted biopic may not be for you. You'll be missing out.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
...both hilarious and heartfelt, a genial and genuine experience made even more startling by the brilliant acting involved.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
[Director] Tom Hooper proves...that he has a firm understanding of the filmmaking process and elicits award worthy performances from his stars.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The King's Speech is one of the best movies you'll see all year.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Firth makes us feel his alienation, his self-loathing and his sense of privilege. He gives the film its full-bodied voice, one that's perfect in tone, perfect in pitch.
Randy Myers - San Jose Mercury News
...a touching tribute to a man who has been ignored by history ...enlivened by the performances of Rush and Firth aided by a fine performance by Carter.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
It's good to be the king. Unless you are Prince Albert. Deserves a nomination for Best Picture and Best Actor for Firth.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Rush is delightful as the failed theatrical actor from Perth.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The King's Speech offers a much-needed dose of wit. It's a clever and engaging motion picture. The dialogue has snap, panache, and charm. Ah, speech that matters. What a concept.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Altogether satisfying, compelling true story of King George VI's speech impediment and the unconventional therapist who treated him. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush give two of 2010's outstanding performances.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Superb drama about overcoming fears is fine for teens.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Director Tom Hooper...could here be said to cross up underdog-biopic expectations in what amounts to a high-toned, elegantly upholstered buddy flick.
Bob Mondello - NPR
The prince is patrician and revered, but he's also public property, and suffers accordingly in this genteel film.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
It's not a typical Oscar-bait picture, but nominations, at least, seem likely in the near future.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
The King's Speech is that rare classy period piece that isn't like eating spinach; it's a treat from beginning to end.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
What The King's Speech represents is a smart and memorable character piece with real historical significance, and it's a pleasure to watch.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
We're prone to thinking it's an insult to compare a film to an HBO movie. It isn't. 'King's Speech' is clever & well-acted, but occasionally left me yearning for more depth.
Dan Fienberg - HitFix
Colin Firth is extraordinary and Geoffrey Rush is electrifying in this engrossing, fact-based historical drama - one of the 10 Best of 2010.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
The writing and the actors alone provide a happy and satisfying emotional connection.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
There are many reasons why this film is so winning: not the least of which is the auspicious timing of its release.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
The picture achieves the improbable feat of drawing out a king's humanity and minimizing the pomp and circumstance that so often negates it.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
A direct and heartfelt piece of work.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
You wouldn't guess a radio-address could be as rousing and nail-biting as a climactic boxing match or a karate competition, but beneath all the manners and monarchs, Speech is a classic -- and expertly crafted -- underdog.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
Firth and Rush are geniuses who raise each other's game
Tim Appelo - Thompson on Hollywood
It doesn't matter if watching a movie about the British royal family sounds like fun or homework -- The King's Speech is hard to resist.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Honestly, the thought of George VI flubbing his big moment pales in the larger picture. Via some closing text, we learn that he inspired the nation to strength. But politics is about more than being in fine voice.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Each scene in The King's Speech is so poorly staged that its ineptitude sometimes borders on the avant-garde.
Armond White - New York Press
...a film too timid for its own good.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Coming on the heels of "The Damned United," Tom Hooper displays a similar deftness here at examining the gears of British human behavior turning under enormous social responsibility.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The sense of period is strong and made especially real in scenes in which royalty find themselves incongruously in small, distinctly non-palatial homes.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
A year after his acclaimed performance in Tom Ford's A Single Man, Colin Firth delivers the finest of his career - as a stammering George VI.
Tom Teodorczuk - This is London
The moving and elegantly staged The King's Speech will be a strong contender with awards season looming, driven by wonderful performances by Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.
Mark Adams - Screen International
It's a prizewinning combination, terribly English and totally Hollywood, and Firth is, once more, uncanny: He evokes, in mid-stammer, existential dread.
It will make you laugh more than you imagine - and touch you more deeply than you expect.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The King's Speech remains a decorous bit of middlebrow mush.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
An enthralling and heart affecting biodrama about an unusual friendship that transforms the life and soul of King George VI of England.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
I think it would be more effective on the stage, sans score and with only the implications of greater world events in the background.
Luke Y. Thompson - Geekweek
British royal history doesn't get more interesting than this.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Besides being hugely entertaining, the film also gives Colin Firth yet another meaty role to dive into.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Stylishly directed, brilliantly written and featuring terrific performances from Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, this is a hugely enjoyable, emotionally engaging drama that's almost certain to be leading the charge come Oscar time.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Tom Hooper's richly enjoyable and handsomely produced movie about George VI's struggle to cure his stammer is a massively confident crowd-pleaser.
Like The Queen, Hooper's film is a classy, handsomely mounted, vastly entertaining drama, featuring Oscar caliber performances by Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
With first rate performances from an A-list cast, the handsome period piece The King's Speech is one of the most accessibly entertaining films of its kind in years.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
This is a fine picture all around.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
Inspiring, and wholly entertaining, THE KING'S SPEECH is an example of the type of film that isn't made enough anymore.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium