A Royal Affair
A Royal Affair (2012)

A ROYAL AFFAIR is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen's heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII, the royal physician who is a man… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 9, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Royal Affair is a lavish and sumptuous costume drama with a juicy story to back it up.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

For all its incident, A Royal Affair is slow and picturesquely framed - more of a languorously animated coffee-table book than a gripping drama.

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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly

Perhaps there's only so much to be done with a costume drama about illicit affairs and would-be coups.

Jan Moir
Daily Mail (UK)

Overall, another darkly brooding slice of rich drama from Scandinavia.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

The film ends not on a happy note, naturally, but on a moment of hope. Love may not conquer all, but it has a power all its own.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

What a piece of work is this historical drama.

Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

Sex, power and politics drive Danish film-maker Nikolaj Arcel's intelligent and soundly crafted historical drama.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Although the brazen lovers, bellicose ministers and backstabbing handmaidens are familiar elements, the film is so handsomely mounted that we happily endure the ride until the turning of the screws in the tragic last act.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

A Royal Affair covers plenty of stately ground, all in good time.

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Lewis Beale
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

The volatile mix of sex and politics is at the core of the sumptuously produced Danish film A Royal Affair, which, by underplaying its combustible material, fails to do full justice to it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Boasting huge sets, elaborate period costuming, and intricate historical accuracy, this Danish production tells a love story between a repressed queen and a… More
Christian C
Beautiful and enthralling.
Cynthia S.
A very compelling drama based on the true story of King Christian VII, and his influential personal physician. Excellent acting, and a good story which is… More
Luke Baldock
What could have been a sentimental and pompous period drama, turns out to be an engaging character study, which seamlessly merges politics, social commentary,… More
Jim Hunter
Danish King Christian VII's personal physician has an affair with the queen. A lush, with beautiful costumes and exquisite set design, and sprawling epic,… More
Carlos Magalhães
A sumptuous period drama with elegant dialogue and a deliberate pace that makes it always fluid and absorbing. More important, the three main characters are not… More