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A Royal Affair (2012)



Critic Consensus: A Royal Affair is a lavish and sumptuous costume drama with a juicy story to back it up.

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A ROYAL AFFAIR is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen's heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII, the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism Struensee and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda, A ROYAL AFFAIR is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom for their people.(c) Magnolia Pictures

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Mads Mikkelsen
as Johann Friedrich Struensee
Alicia Vikander
as Queen Caroline Mathilde
Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
as King Christian VII
Trine Dyrholm
as Juliane Marie
David Dencik
as Guldberg
David Denick
as Guldberg
Bent Mejding
as J. H. E. Bernstoff
Cyron Bjørn Melville
as Enevold Brandt
Thomas W. Gabrielsson
as Schack Carl Rantzau
Harriet Walter
as Augusta - Princess of Wales
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Critic Reviews for A Royal Affair

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (40)

Although, at times, this is rather coolly aloof in tone, the cast is knock-out, and it is so excellently and expertly done, I'm pretty sure it will float your boat.

August 31, 2018 | Full Review…

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

February 1, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film ends not on a happy note, naturally, but on a moment of hope. Love may not conquer all, but it has a power all its own.

January 18, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Although the brazen lovers, bellicose ministers and backstabbing handmaidens are familiar elements, the film is so handsomely mounted that we happily endure the ride until the turning of the screws in the tragic last act.

January 17, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

What a piece of work is this historical drama.

December 7, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4

It is certainly competent, lovely to look at, but leaves little lasting impression.

December 7, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Royal Affair


Boasting huge sets, elaborate period costuming, and intricate historical accuracy, this Danish production tells a love story between a repressed queen and a revolutionary advisor. After moving from Great Britain and marrying a childish, possibly schizophrenic king, a young woman tries to understand her repression and stave off the advancements of her husband. The manic king is soon met by a local doctor, who acts as his advisor and manipulates him by planting socialist rhetoric in his head. The wealthy landowners on the council seek to overthrow the doctor, which becomes easier once he and the queen begin an affair. There are some truly astounding social issues addressed in this film, and it's a grand indictment against not giving people their basic rights. It's a film about a country's history that eventually saw the equalization of people, through the horrible deaths and desolation of two people who only wanted to find happiness. The last twenty minutes are the most intense, emotionally heartbreaking scenes of the entire film, as their love story starts to unspool. There's blood, violence, and true agony (hitting you right in the heart) making it one of the more tragic and true love stories I've ever seen.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

A very compelling drama based on the true story of King Christian VII, and his influential personal physician. Excellent acting, and a good story which is largely historically accurate, as far as I have read. Mads Mikkelsen is fantastic, as usual...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Danish King Christian VII's personal physician has an affair with the queen. A lush, with beautiful costumes and exquisite set design, and sprawling epic, this film is extraordinary. The three primary characters, portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, and Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, are compelling and interesting. Struensee's commitment to post-Enlightenment ideals and steely eyed romanticism make for a compelling leading man, and he perfectly complemented by Caroline's steadfastness. Christian VII is much like George III, and both make interesting characters. I learned a ton about Denmark and Danish history, and the conflict between religion and progress, faith and science makes for a timeless story. Overall, I enjoyed this film immensely, and all baseball fans will be distracted by how similar Mikkelsen looks compared to Freddy Garcia.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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