“Duty Vs Friendship!”
“Although The Subject Matter, To Many Will Seem A Bore, With All The Correct Elements In Place This Movie Is Enjoyable To Watch.”
“I Have The Right To Be Here, Because I Have A Voice!!”
“A Masterpiece, A Movie Full Of Sorrow, Despair For This Poor Cursed Man, A Fault In Communication Not Just With People But Society, England, A Bond He Must Make. Friendships That Had Grown Through This Indeed Gracious Time.”
“Truly Moving , Uplifting , And Completely Brilliant From Start To A Glorious Finish. Colin Firth And Geoffrey Rush Give The Best Performances Of There Career. Immersible And Stylishly Clever , Kings Speech Will Have You Interested And Loving The Film”
“The King's Speech Effectively Highlights The Impact Of Communication On People And Government, Led By Colin Firth's Finest Performance, But Amid The Methods, Tug-of-wars And Stammering, It Ends On A Formulaic Note Rather Than A Therapeutic One”
“The King's Speech Combines Well-balanced Elements Of Comedy, Tension, Romance, History And Drama And Provides The Best Movie In 2010.”
“Because I Have A Voice!!!”
“If I Am King, Where Is My Power? Can I Declare War? Form A Government? Levy A Tax? No! And Yet I Am The Seat Of All Authority Because They Think That When I Speak, I Speak For Them.”
“The King's Speech Is A Rousing Spectacle, An Underdog Story, And A Finely Tuned Drama About Life And The Obstacles And Challenges We Overcome. Its A Terrific Film That Is Made Even Better By Colin Firth's Oscar Worthy Performance.”
“The Film That Would Be King”
“Listen To Me! Listen To Me! Why Should I Waste My Time Listening To You? Because I Have A Voice! Yes You Do.”
“Therapy Has Never Looked Like So Much Fun...”
“British Royal History Was Never More Interesting.”
The King's Speech is simultaneously cozy and majestic.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Too ingratiating to resonate deeply.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
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 - Guardian [UK]
Tom Hooper's richly enjoyable and handsomely produced movie about George VI's struggle to cure his stammer is a massively confident crowd-pleaser.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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
It's a rare combination of crowd-pleaser and triumphant artistry.
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
It's a prizewinning combination, terribly English and totally Hollywood, and Firth is, once more, uncanny: He evokes, in mid-stammer, existential dread.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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
One of the best films of 2010...
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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
With a backdrop this large, The King's Speech can't help but seem monosyllabic.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out Chicago
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
Inspiring, funny, touching, and delivered with craftsmanship and artistry.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Polished, thoughtful and touching.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
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
A polite, occasionally rousing, and more often than not, boring affair.
Christopher Kelly - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
It is a wonderful entertainment, a fascinating history lesson and a showcase for several delightful performances.
Jay Stone - Canada.com
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
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'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
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
A feel-good movie with a hearty dose of history and a hint of edge, a most-deserving Oscar winner
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
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
A conventional over-hyped picture lifted by unconventional fairly-hyped performances. Truly the m - m - most British movie ever made.
Gareth Simms - Platform
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
Shaun Munro - Obsessed With Film
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
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)
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 tender contemplation on duty and the crippling weight of expectancy.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
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 well crafted piece of entertainment built around a couple of flashy but engaging performances from Firth and Geoffrey Rush...
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
A touching, impeccably made drama with wonderful characters and some of the year's most memorable dialogue.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
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
The King's Speech is all about layers, and (director Tom) Hooper keeps it humming on several at once.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
A very special film indeed, one with a near perfect mix of pathos, humour and well-observed period detail.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
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 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
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)
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
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
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
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]
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
This is the type of thing the British film industry does so well - a bit of history, a bit of social comedy, a few liberties with the truth and a flag-waving finale.
Stella Papamichael - Radio Times
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
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 - Skinny
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
Alastair Roy - The Skinny
Not just one of the most entertaining British films in years, but one of the most intriguing, too.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
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]
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
A stuffy melodrama tailored for the therapist acting-a-thon. A tragic combo.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
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
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
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
Yes, this is middlebrow, crowd-pleasing awards bait; but so well-executed, it's all you can do to resist. It's the crack cast that make it, though.
Philip Kemp - Total Film
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)
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
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)
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
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
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
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
Rush gives a singular performance...
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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 old-fashioned filmmaking at its best: a good story, elegantly told, and a joy to watch.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
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
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
Forget the Ashes, this is the history making Australia vs. England match you need to be watching come Boxing Day.
Alice Tynan - The Vine
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
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
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
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
The film is beautifully put together, bouncing back and forth between comedic highpoints and tear-inducing moments of triumph ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
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)
A stylish historical drama that suffers from self-importance.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
An enormously entertaining picture that proves you can make an enormously entertaining picture out of familiar elements.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
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
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
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
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
It's hard to imagine a much better film being made from this material.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
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 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
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
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)
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)
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
A fantastic, crowd-pleaser of a movie that's my pick for best film of 2010. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
So refreshingly entertaining and touching that you want everyone you know to see it twice.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
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
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
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
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
Viewers expecting the stiff royal drama that the dull title implies will be as surprised.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
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'.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.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
"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
A rich comedy of class reconciliation, the humanity of regality, and the healing power of vocal exercises.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
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
Geoffrey Rush is bloody marvellous
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
The sheer audacity of the story is its best part
Andrew L. Urban - 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 - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
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
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)
...both hilarious and heartfelt, a genial and genuine experience made even more startling by the brilliant acting involved.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
[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
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 - Contra Costa Times
...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
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
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
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
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
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
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 prestige film of enormous likability when it remembers to be a reverse My Fair Lady.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
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
The writing and the actors alone provide a happy and satisfying emotional connection.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Firth and Rush are geniuses who raise each other's game
Tim Appelo - Thompson on Hollywood
A direct and heartfelt piece of work.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
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
...a film too timid for its own good.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
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
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
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
It will make you laugh more than you imagine - and touch you more deeply than you expect.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
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
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
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
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