The Queen
The Queen (2006)

This is the story of the death of Princess Diana of Wales and the relationship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the British Royal Family upon hearing of her death.

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 24, 2007
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97%
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76%



Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Full of wit, humor, and pathos, Stephen Frears' moving portrait of the British royals during the period after Princess Diana's death features not one but two remarkable performances, that of Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II and Michael Sheen as the newly-ordained Prime Minister Tony Blair. They embody their characters and lay bare the motivations behind these prominent people, giving viewers a glimpse into the inner workings of the British monarchy.

Bob Mondello
NPR.org

A lesser director might make all of this deadly earnest, but Frears treats it as what you might call a tragi-comedy of manners, perfectly serious but human foibles everywhere.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

In good times and bad, for good or ill, she is the public face of her nation. Mirren, Frears and Morgan let us see just how much a burden that mask has been.

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Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com

The Queen will knock your socks off.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Both [Michael Sheen and Helen Mirren] understand the prickly push-and-pull that defines the fight -- the Gray Monarch v. the Great Modernizer -- and give quiet gravitas to the polite but firm standoffs.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Allows us to understand just how heavy the crown really sits.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Stuffed with stinging truths about swiftly turning winds of public opinion, Stephen Frears' film is a tough, fair-minded and, at times, morbidly satirical depiction of the extraordinary circumstance of leading in grief as well as government.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

With its lavish imagery and elegant writing, The Queen is a majestic film, and Mirren is the heir apparent to be crowned best actress of the year.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

We see not only the inner corridors of power, but also sense the inner workings of the royal mind. Stephen Frears' deft direction also gives the film insight and even humor.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Trenchantly stages its climax around the passing of an era

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer D
While it was good acting, casting, etc, I found the story to be biased in several ways. First of all, the fact that it was set during a very specific time. Less… More
Apeneck Fletcher
The sudden death of Princess Di, the worldwide outpouring of public grief, and a vicious intruding media force the British Royal Family to kowtow to public… More
Jens S.
Biopics about people who are still alive and very well known to everyone can be a very tricky thing. This movie is less a biopic than a glimpse at a dire… More
Thomas Bowler
Incredible performance by Mirren with a great supporting cast and fantastic script. Full review later
Dan Schultz
A well-done, handsomely constructed look at The Royal Family and how they dealt with the death of Princess Diana, all while newly elected Prime Minister Tony… More
Jim Careter
A wonderful and touching film that breaks boundaries of acting. The plot is based on real life events and I think it was really interesting and had a very deep… More

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