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The King's Speech2010

The King's Speech (2010)



Critic Consensus: Colin Firth gives a masterful performance in The King's Speech, a predictable but stylishly produced and rousing period drama.

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After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle. Based on the true story of King George VI, THE KING'S SPEECH follows the Royal Monarch's quest to find his voice. -- (C) Weinstein

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Colin Firth
as King George 'Bertie' VI
Helena Bonham Carter
as Queen Elizabeth
Geoffrey Rush
as Lionel Logue
Derek Jacobi
as Archbishop Cosmo Lang
Guy Pearce
as King Edward VIII
Timothy Spall
as Winston Churchill
Jennifer Ehle
as Myrtle Logue
Anthony Andrews
as Stanley Baldwin
Claire Bloom
as Queen Mary
Eve Best
as Wallis Simpson
Michael Gambon
as King George V
Richard M. Dixon
as Private Secretary
Paul Trussell
as Chauffeur
Adrian Scarborough
as BBC Radio Announcer
Andrew Havill
as Robert Wood
Charles Armstrong
as BBC Technician
Roger Hammond
as Dr. Blandine-Bentham
Calum Gittins
as Laurie Logue
Dominic Applewhite
as Valentine Logue
Ben Wimsett
as Anthony Logue
Freya Wilson
as Princess Elizabeth
Ramona Marquez
as Princess Margaret
David Bamber
as Theatre Director
Patrick Ryecart
as Lord Wigram
Simon Chandler
as Lord Dawson
Orlando Wells
as Duke of Kent
Tim Downie
as Duke of Gloucester
Dick Ward
as Butler
Danny Emes
as Boy in Regent's Park
John Warnaby
as Steward
Roger Parrott
as Neville Chamberlain
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Critic Reviews for The King's Speech

All Critics (299) | Top Critics (77)

Travel without prejudice and you will enjoy a moving, impeccably acted and surprisingly funny slice of comfort food. There are worse ways of starting an unpromising looking year.

February 19, 2019 | Full Review…

It's an uplifting audience pleaser that also showcases film-making arts and crafts at an exalted level.

February 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The King's Speech is a joy, and I adore it.

February 20, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

February 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Hooper...has become something of a specialist in exhuming British history from the mothballs of Masterpiece Theatre.

November 7, 2013 | Full Review…

A polite, occasionally rousing, and more often than not, boring affair.

February 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The King's Speech

A fascinating period drama that will probably please everyone (and find few detractors), with great dialogue and exquisite performances by Firth and Rush, who shine in their scenes together and sell us the natural relationship that grows between the two characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


The Duke Of York hires an unconventional speech therapist when faced with Royal duties in the burgeoning media age to help him with a stammer that prevents his public speaking. The premise behind The King's Speech is a rather dry one and the trailers themselves make it seem to be a cross between The Madness Of King George and Pygmalion, but thanks to some winning performances and an interesting script portraying a behind the scenes window onto recent history it transcends the traditional comedy of manners formula that nearly all British films seem obliged to follow. Colin Firth's portrayal of a man thrust into the public eye by events beyond his control is sublime and it's fascinating to see a snapshot of the man behind a public face completely controlled by propriety and social convention. There's a real warmth in his unlikely friendship with a brewer's son from Australia and the gentle humour and subtle direction makes a very refreshing change from the ADHD firework displays that seem to make up the vast majority of modern cinema. Maybe not the masterpiece its multi-award winning reputation suggests, but a quality cast and sensitive storytelling make for a fine lightly comic and insightful historical character study.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

The story of the stuttering king of England is a story of friendship. To behold how Geoffrey Rush slowly teaches Colin Firth to talk without fear and stutters while they are bonding, is a pleasure. Every scene between those two acting giants is pure gold. The rest of the cast is just as excellent. While the camera work is very unusual and odd at times, in the end it works in favor of the film, emphasizing the characters. The witty and smart screenplay takes a somewhat boring sounding premise and turns it into one of the most pleasing films of the year. Makes you happy.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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