Victoria & Abdul
Victoria & Abdul (2017)

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 22, 2017
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Consensus: Victoria & Abdul reunites Dame Judi Dench with the role of Queen Victoria -- which is all this period drama needs to overcome its imbalanced narrative.

Jesse Hassenger
AV Club

Victoria And Abdul fails to make much of a case for its characters' friendship apart from the fact that it seems pretty nice.

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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

The sizable constituency that turns out for glossy period drama of this kind will embrace the sumptuously appointed Victoria & Abdul as a moving account of an isolated old woman finding joy and lightness in her final years.

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

We are somewhat amused. Not a lot. But somewhat.

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Ben Croll

The film is called "Victoria & Abdul" but it only ever lives up to one half of its title.

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Owen Gleiberman

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" served with mango chutney.

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David Crow
Den of Geek

With no desire to explore the political dynamics, the film is prevented from achieving anything more than a slight comedy of manners. But how mannered they look in those impeccable costumes and with the occasional self-effacing wink.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

This is kid-gloves historical storytelling. It's sometimes amusing, and occasionally touching, but there's nothing here to scare the horses.

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Alonso Duralde

There's not much to Victoria & Abdul, but as a delivery system for Judi Dench, it serves its purpose. Otherwise, it's just Buckingham Palace fetishism cranked up to peak mumsy.

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Dwight Brown
National Newspaper Publishers Association

Stephen Frears is a master at telling royal tales and apt at keeping this unrequited love story energized and compelling.

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