The Madness of King George
The Madness of King George (1994)

Based on Alan Bennett's acclaimed play The Madness of George III, The Madness of King George takes a dark-humored look at the mental decline of King George III of England. The film's story begins nearly three decades into… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 28, 1994
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks largely to stellar all-around performances from a talented cast, The Madness of King George is a funny, entertaining, and immensely likable adaptation of the eponymous stage production.

Emanuel Levy

Hytner's version of Bennett's comic-tragic drama of the tormented king who almost lost his mind confirms that power games, family scandals, and personal intrigues have always been integral to the British Crown, an institution both revered and reviled.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The thrill of Hawthorne's astounding performance is not something you want to miss.

David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Visually sumptuous, energetic and classy, The Madness of King George is British film theatre at its most seductive.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

In its own shambling, elliptical way it's an entertaining, memorable movie whose 2 1/2 hours go by without strain.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

For those who, like myself, were disappointed in the play, the film contains pleasant surprises, all of them resulting from differences between the two arts.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's Hawthorne's engaging performance that makes this drama both fun and moving.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Hawthorne is by turn outrageous and pathetic and imperious and poignant and very funny.

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James Berardinelli

Without exception, the acting is top-notch.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Vastly entertaining, with more bite than you expect from a costume drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
This film has a top-notch cast and a fascinating true story. The costumes and locations are perfect. I felt as though I had traveled back in time to events in… More
Randy Tippy
"I'm here, here, but I'm not all there." Originally titled <i>The Madness of King George III</i> but the "III" was… More
Bathsheba Monk
I saw this on DVD. Interesting look at monarchy. It raises questions about WHY monarchy of course. It was produced in 1994 and I think there were a lot of… More
Jeremy Smith
Adapted from a play, the historical authenticity of the this film seems questionable. If the audience is to believe everything they see in this film about King… More
Daniel Mumby
It's been nearly a year since the film-going community was whipped up into a frenzy, falling over themselves to praise The King's Speech. People who… More
Devon Bott
Sometimes the movie is a little obvious, in much the same way other movies from this time period were (in much the same way Robin Williams' "Dead… More

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