The Madness of King George
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The Madness of King George
Based on Alan Bennett's acclaimed play The Madness of George III, The Madness of King George takes a dark-humored look at the mental decline of King George III of England. The film's story begins nearly three decades into George's reign, in 1788, as the unstable king (Nigel Hawthorne, reprising his stage role) begins to show signs of increasing dementia, from violent fits of foul language to bouts of forgetfulness. This weakness seems like the perfect chance to overthrow the unpopular George, whom many blamed for the loss of the American colonies, in favor of the Prince of Wales… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hytner's version of Bennett's comic-tragic drama of the tormented king who almost lost his mind confirms that power games, family scandals, and personal intrigues have always been integral to the British Crown, an institution both revered and reviled."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"The thrill of Hawthorne's astounding performance is not something you want to miss."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's Hawthorne's engaging performance that makes this drama both fun and moving."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"So slick, so clever and so incredibly lucid that it neither leads to much in the way of thought, discussion or, unfortunately, repeat viewing."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Shows how illness can turn one's world upside down and test one's mettle."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"In its own shambling, elliptical way it's an entertaining, memorable movie whose 2 1/2 hours go by without strain."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Without exception, the acting is top-notch."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Vastly entertaining, with more bite than you expect from a costume drama."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Respectable actors aside, it's no more than a dryasdust history lesson."
‑ Greg Muskewitz,
"Hawthorne is so good it almost hurts to watch."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Hawthorne is by turn outrageous and pathetic and imperious and poignant and very funny."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The battle of wills between these two strong men [George and Willis] is the centerpiece of the movie, and hugely entertaining."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Flawless acting. Hawthorne was robbed of an Oscar. Sorry, but it's true."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Unusually faithful, magnificently performed."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"We emotionally invest in the king, who is not simply a big joke but a vulnerable and somehow loveable fool."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, Apollo Guide
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