The Special Relationship
The Special Relationship (2010)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 29, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Phillips
At the Movies

Very astute.

Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

[The] glimpse of the real Blair was far more interesting than the clichéd version we saw throughout the film.

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Marc Fennell
Triple J

The most unintentionally homoerotic film of the year. Eventually you start willing them to make out. Solid script. Slightly unconvincing Clinton performance from Quaid.

A.O. Scott
At the Movies

It's smart and believable and very well-acted.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

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Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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.

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Simon Miraudo

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.

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Simon Weaving

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.

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Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

The relationship between Blair and Clinton never seems capable, dramatically speaking, of bearing the weight the film assigns to it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Michael Sheen steals the show, and turns in another excellent performance. The movie itself was a little under whelming for me...decent, but nothing overly… More
Anthony Valletta
Michael Sheen reprises his role as Tony Blair from The Queen. This time we have more insight to Blair as presented through his relationship will US President… More
Panta Oz
If you wander about the name of the movie, it comes from a phrase used to describe the close political, diplomatic, cultural and historical relations between… More
Sunil Jawahir
Could have been better I think but interesting. Wasn't as into Quaid's Clinton as I was the other main three actors - great performaces from them.