The King's Speech
The King's Speech (2010)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 19, 2011
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

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

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Classic, rousing entertainment loaded with both humor and poignancy.

David Gritten
Daily Telegraph

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

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Rafer Guzman

A powerful back story does not necessarily improve a movie, but The King's Speech has a pretty irresistible one. It might even end with a dramatic night at the Oscars in February.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

The King's Speech is the rare work of art that's also an immense crowdpleaser.

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Alan Frank
Daily Star

Watching Firth agonisingly stammer his way through the closing speech at the Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium in 1925 is a masterclass in acting.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

In The King's Speech, Colin Firth once again reminds us of what a great actor he is.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Too ingratiating to resonate deeply.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

All in all, The King's Speech is perfectly pleasant and completely unremarkable. As far as end-of-the-year Oscar bait goes, you could do a lot worse.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
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… More
Al S
Movies truly don't get any better than this film that we have here. Colin Firth gives a triumphant and towering performance, just when we thought with his… More
Jens S.
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… More
Christian C
I can't imagine how an actor could play a person with a stutter so perfectly. Colin Firth really is an exceptional actor. Fine performaces all around.… More
Matt Goodman
Overrated and forgettable.
Louis Rogers
Not just the solid, well acted, oscar scented affair we (certainly I) might expect, but urgent, creative and very, very eloquent.