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Victoria & Abdul (2017)



Critic Consensus: Victoria & Abdul reunites Dame Judi Dench with the role of Queen Victoria -- which is all this period drama needs to overcome its imbalanced narrative.

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The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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Judi Dench
as Queen Victoria
Ali Fazal
as Abdul Karim
Eddie Izzard
as Bertie, Prince of Wales
Adeel Akhtar
as Mohammed
Tim Pigott-Smith
as Sir Henry Ponsonby
Olivia Williams
as Baroness Churchill
Fenella Woolgar
as Miss Phipps
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Critic Reviews for Victoria & Abdul

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (53)

Victoria & Abdul may capture the ugly side of Britain's colonial past, but its demeaning portrait of Abdul reinforces the Orientalism it purports to lampoon.

October 13, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's hard not to like Victoria & Abdul-but it's all shiny surfaces. I can't help but to wonder how much deeper Frears might've dug into this rich material had he directed it 20 years ago.

October 5, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There's not a whole lot to Victoria & Abdul, but fans of stories about the royals should find their thirsts satisfied.

October 5, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Dench is, of course, magnificent.

September 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film's attempt to portray the Queen as more politically enlightened than her courtiers is kindly but unconvincing, and many of the actors bark and behave as if participating in a spoof.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Victoria & Abdul is worth seeing for Dench's magisterial performance and for Frears's light but sure directorial touch. Just don't mistake it for actual history.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Victoria & Abdul

There is nothing like a pathetic period drama that romanticizes the platonic relationship between a condescending white queen and a submissive Muslim who is loyal to her like a puppy; but then again, all is fine when you show that Muslims oppress their women too, right? Yeah.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

It's a cute which I enjoy. Quite heart breaking really!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

With Dench and Gambon how can you go wrong and you don't in this amazingly true story of how a queen discovers joy and humanity from a lowly Muslim servant. The make-up and costumes are top-notch. Fazal, a Bollywood star, brings just the right nuance to the role of Abdul. (9-29-17)

John C
John C

Super Reviewer

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