The Duke

critic Reviews

, 97% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A sweet swan song for director Roger Michell, The Duke offers a well-acted and engaging dramatization of an entertainingly improbable true story.
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    The Duke may superficially seem like old hat, but in its comfortable ways there’s still a strong message.
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    Rex ReedObserver
    A charming, understated and completely enjoyable frolic about how ordinary people can do extraordinary things that seems doubly startling because, while seeming implausible, it also happens to be absolutely true.
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    Ty BurrTy Burr's Watch List
    It’s a daft, lovely story, and it opens up like a flower – the final half hour is deeply and unexpectedly moving.
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    Dmitry SamarovChicago Reader
    [The Duke] sometimes gets overly sentimental and rose-colored about its “simpler” early 60s milieu, but Broadbent more than carries this homage to the triumph of a little man.
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    Chris HewittMinneapolis Star Tribune
    This messing around with chronology could feel manipulative if the stakes of "The Duke" were higher but, instead, it's like each revelation is a little gift.
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    Mark FeeneyBoston Globe
    The Duke is appealing and wayward, too, if also given to both slickness (split screens? really?) and more than a dollop of sentimentality.
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    Sarah WardConcrete Playground
    Little is too shaken or stirred, but it all goes down smoothly and delightfully — and with some bite.
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    Michael WardShould I See It
    ...easy to overlook, but a lot of fun for those who invest their time.
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    Catherine BrayFilm of the Week
    It’s an old-school British caper in the Ealing Studios tradition, modestly but glowingly crafted and beautifully acted by old pros — and you leave it both buoyant and a little sad. Making that feel easy is hard.
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    Sean P. MeansThe Movie Cricket
    There are strains of the old Ealing Studios comedies — whimsical tales of plucky Brits taking on the system — running through “The Duke,” a based-on-a-true-story tale that’s enlivened by the pairing of Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren.
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