A United Kingdom
A United Kingdom (2017)

A UNITED KINGDOM is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 10, 2017
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2017
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well-acted, solidly crafted, and all-around worthy, A United Kingdom presents an absorbing look at a singular true-life love story.

Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

Screenwriter Guy Hibbert and Asante pull off a precision balancing act, illuminating the intensity of the love the couple shared and never once allowing their romance to take a back seat to the issues.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Oyelowo and Pike make for a convincing couple, even if the romance is the love-at-first-sight variety that requires a certain leap of faith.

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Abby Olcese
Sojourners

Unfortunately, the film does its subjects little credit, suffering from directing and writing choices that keep it from achieving its potential.

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Johanna Schneller
Globe and Mail

Director Amma Asante is carving a niche for herself, making gorgeous-looking cinema from untold histories. Her best asset here is Oyelowo.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It makes no bones about attempting to turn a story of cross-cultural romance and international politics into a solid crowd-pleaser. But it doesn't strike that irresistible spark.

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Sr. Rose Pacatte
St. Anthony Messenger

This politically charged love story is beautifully told even as the timeline of events is rearranged and compressed for a two-hour film.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Noble but stuffy, "A United Kingdom's" good intentions suffer from its dull, predictable beats.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Oyelowo captures Seretse's quiet dignity while also hinting at the limits of his patience. And Pike is compelling as a woman who rises to the occasion regardless of the circumstances.

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José Martín
El antepenúltimo mohicano

The results are more correct than brilliant, since its director has opted for a classic narration. [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Despite its great performances and the relevance of the story it wants to tell, A United Kingdom is perhaps a bit too conventional to be memorable. Full review… More
K Nife Churchkey
One of my biggest pet peeves is a film that says it is "based on a true story", especially when they take a true story and completely embellish it to… More
Daniel Parsons
A universally appealing, timely, and ultimately crowd pleasing true story told with control, conviction and warmth. Great performances from the leads and larger… More