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The King's Speech
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A polite, occasionally rousing, and more often than not, boring affair."
‑ Christopher Kelly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"Classic, rousing entertainment loaded with both humor and poignancy."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Call it a glossy inspirational inversion of Pygmalion, or a sports flick for those who prefer royals to athletes, but there's no denying the universal appeal of director Tom Hooper's tastefully wrapped package."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"Hooper...has become something of a specialist in exhuming British history from the mothballs of Masterpiece Theatre."
‑ Scott Foundas, Film Comment Magazine
"It is a wonderful entertainment, a fascinating history lesson and a showcase for several delightful performances."
‑ Jay Stone,
"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."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"The King's Speech is the rare work of art that's also an immense crowdpleaser."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Surprisingly funny."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"An inspiring story about one man's quest to overcome a speech impediment to lead his nation."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"A charming, personal period drama."
‑ Thelma Adams, Us Weekly
"In The King's Speech, Colin Firth once again reminds us of what a great actor he is."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Too ingratiating to resonate deeply."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"The King's Speech features a fantastic, awards courting performance by Firth and is also brilliantly written, resulting in a surprisingly tense and very entertaining watch."
‑ Will Chadwick, We Got This Covered
"Tom Hooper delves beneath the pomp and circumstance to root out the essence of his characters, while also making them immensely relatable."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"See it, then say it for yourself: The King's Speech is the best movie of 2010."
‑ Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
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