(2006)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 37 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
The Queen is a spellbinding story of opposed passions -- of Elizabeth's icy resolve to keep the royal family separate and aloof from the death of the divorced Diana, who was legally no longer a royal, and of Blair's correct reading of the public mood.
100
An absolute delight, combining the cheap thrills of a biopic with the gentler, but more lasting, pleasures of a brilliant character study.
100
The Queen is the kind of thought-provoking, well-written and savvy film that discerning filmgoers long for but rarely get.
100
Philadelphia Inquirer
Piercingly funny and unexpectedly moving account of that odd couple, Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) and HRH Elizabeth II (majestic Helen Mirren) and their back-channels affair.
100
New York Post
All hail the great Helen Mirren, who after her triumph in HBO's "Elizabeth," delivers the performance of a lifetime as that monarch's frumpy, 20th century namesake in Stephen Frear's witty, touching and engrossing The Queen.
100
A subtle, often very funny, ultimately touching tragedy of royal manners and meaning.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Helen Mirren's allure lies not in finding what's regal in every woman she plays, but in finding what's womanly in every royal.
90
Wall Street Journal
Marvelously smart, funny and entertaining film.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
A fascinating mix of high-minded gossip and historical perspective, examines the clash of values -- of ritual and traditions versus media savvy and political ambition -- that leads to a crisis for the British monarchy.
88
One of the best and liveliest movies of the year - funny and touching in ways you can't predict.
88
New York Daily News
In some ways, The Queen is a comedy of manners - bad, good and archaic. The formal bowing and scraping surrounding Her Majesty is as hilarious as it is (apparently) accurate.

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