A Royal Affair
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"For all its incident, A Royal Affair is slow and picturesquely framed - more of a languorously animated coffee-table book than a gripping drama."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Perhaps there's only so much to be done with a costume drama about illicit affairs and would-be coups."
‑ Michael Nordine, L.A. Weekly
"A well-crafted drama about three flawed individuals who changed the course of history in Denmark."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Denmark's Oscar nominee is a fact-inspired historical melodrama, but it's intriguing, elegantly shot, and well acted by the actors forming the romantic triangle."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A sumptuous slice of period drama and real-life palace intrigue."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"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."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"What a piece of work is this historical drama."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Out of some dry lines, Shakespearean allusions, and its playing with statecraft as stagecraft, this slowly emerges as more than just some ruffle-collared, frilly-cuffed throne-porn-there's a sharp quill and glinting eye behind the gilt-edged curtain."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The heady mix of power, politics, ideology, romance and corsets is a rare, royal feast."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"...a splendid demonstration of the old adage that political films are really not about the time they are set in, but the time in which they are made."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A Royal Affair covers plenty of stately ground, all in good time."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The performances are powerful and the set pieces are exquisite, but the conclusion will leave you feeling enormously agitated thanks to what seems like the encouragement of thickheadedness."
‑ Chris Sawin, Examiner.com
"It's all high-drama and in the hands of director Arcel, every little knot in this detailed needlepoint is handled to period perfection."
‑ Katherine Monk, Canada.com
"Gorgeously photographed if familiarly constructed, it's more or less catnip for urban foreign film aficionados and the NPR set, breathing life into period piece lust and intrigue."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
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