The Special Relationship
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Screenwriter Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) explores the complex relationship that developed between former American President Bill Clinton and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair as the two progressive statesmen strived to unite their countries toward a common goal. The growing bond between President Clinton and Prime Minister Blair is later solidified by the fact that their wives, Hillary Clinton and Cherie Blair, seem to have just as much in common as their powerful husbands.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Very astute."
‑ Michael Phillips, At the Movies
"[The] glimpse of the real Blair was far more interesting than the clichéd version we saw throughout the film."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"The most unintentionally homoerotic film of the year. Eventually you start willing them to make out. Solid script. Slightly unconvincing Clinton performance from Quaid."
‑ Marc Fennell, Triple J
"The film is immensely entertaining, whether fair or not. Sheen is brilliant, as we have come to expect, but Quaid's Clinton is perhaps the greater surprise because he gets well beyond the charm."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"Lovers of political drama will be transfixed as these two immensely ambitious and powerful men make decisions that will change the world."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"It's smart and believable and very well-acted."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"The third act in the chronicles of Tony Blair features Michael Sheen and scribe Peter Morgan in fine form, but a shaky turn by Dennis Quaid mars The Special Relationship from reaching its full potential."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"As before, Michael Sheen is able to project a kind of toothy sincerity reminiscent of Tony Blair in the early stages of his political incumbency. There's a sweetness there, and at times, almost a naivity."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"The Special Relationship marks a worthy addition to Morgan's ever-expanding body of work as a modern historian of the big screen."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Courier Mail (Australia)
"The Special Relationship almost functions as a strange sort of bromance between two men who heralded the arrival of a new approach to progressive centre-left politics."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"The Special Relationship does indeed focus on a friendship between two (admittedly powerful) dudes, but this is more than a mere episode of Entourage. For one thing, stuff happens."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"A dramatically flat exploration of the friendship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President Bill Clinton, as they navigate the personal and national challenges of high office."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"The relationship between Blair and Clinton never seems capable, dramatically speaking, of bearing the weight the film assigns to it."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"Still, for all its flaws there's a compelling energy in The Special Relationship."
‑ Peter Galvin,
"The Special Relationship doesn't have the emotional impact of The Queen but it's a sharp examination of a brief time when the UK occupied a dynamic place on the world stage."
‑ Nick Dent, Sunday Mail (Australia)
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