The King's Speech

The King's Speech

The King's Speech

The big winner at the 2011 Academy Awards (Best Film, Actor, Director and Screenplay), The King's Speech stars Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth, Colin Firth as King George VI, and also starring Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce and Michael Gambon.

Tells the story of King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be King, he engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Rush). Through his friendship with Logue, George finds his voice and confidence, and leads Britain into World War II.

Winner of Best Film, Director, Actor (Colin Firth) and Screenplay at the 2011 Academy Awards. Winner of 7 BAFTA Awards 2011 including Best Film, Best Actor (Firth), Best Supporting Actress (Bonham Carter), Best Supporting Actor (Rush) and Best Screenplay. Winner for Best Actor, Drama (Firth) at the 2011 Golden Globes. Audience Award winner at Toronto Film Festival 2010.
2010Rating: M, for some language118 minsUK, Australia
DramaHistorical
73%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

While far from easy, both roles provide a delightful opportunity for Firth and Rush to poke a bit of fun at their profession.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

If The King’s Speech doesn’t bring him the Oscar he just missed for that role, it’ll be a royal scandal.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

That film does have its attractions, notably in its two solid leads and standout support from Mr. Pearce.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This handsome movie about the abdication crisis and George VI's stammer is a clever anti-Pygmalion

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

What we have here is a superior historical drama and a powerful personal one.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

The piano refrain that opens The King’s Speech tells you to expect a film that prizes respectability above all else. And yet almost imperceptibly, something shifts in Tom Hooper’s period comedy.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It perhaps started with "The Queen," continued with "Young Victoria" and now achieves the most intimate glimpse inside the royal camp to date with The King's Speech.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Think the blazing joys of "Chariots Of Fire" where the race is to the end of a sentence. Can it be that the British are coming?

5.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The King's Speech wins out with vivid dialogue and great cast

4.0
0

The genuine struggle was superb. Geoffrey rush was STELLAR, as was the exception late-Mr Darcy. Throw Helena Bonham Carter into the mix and a decent script and very acurate portrayal of the times and you have a decent movie! I AM ANGRY that Geoffrey Rush didn't get any recognition in the Academy Awards for this :( Prepare to hold your breath alongside...

5.0
0

In really enjoyed this movie and the cast was superb! You really felt Colin Firth's pain as the stuttering King

4.0
0

Colin Firth is exceptional in this movie. The script is perfect, the cast is great, the acting is superb and the cinematography is spot on. Nothing more to say.

5.0
0

Those who expected some kind of action thriller completely missed the point. This movie is about characters and relationships and personal courage. Spot-on period sets, costumes and make-up, give it authenticity, and the wonderful acting (Colin Firth is magnificent), take your breath away. A deeply satisfying film of great integrity, I'd happily watch it...

5.0
0

The King's Speech is better than average, and so perhaps deserves 4 stars, but I think this would be a misleading score. Nothing in this film was unexpected. For example: did anyone not guess the speech therapist was going to use unorthodox methods? Is there any doubt at all about the final outcome? Or any part of the plot for that matter? There are...

3.0
0

An enjoyable movie for pretty much any generation, it's actually just a classic reluctant-hero-overcoming-adversity story, with great acting from the whole cast, fantastic writing, set design and costuming as well. Colin Firth's Oscar was well-deserved!

4.0
0

Colin Firth at his best! A great story, beautifully done. I think this is a movie that will appeal to all ages.

0

I enjoyed it but a bit slow so I subsequently fell asleep. Actors are awesome and I was pleased when it ended!

3.0
0

This is a quiet understated film and story but the acting was convincing from the leads Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush and Guy Pierce (didn't recognize him at first). Portrayal of Mrs Simpson and King Edward 8th was unflattering. Edward came across as a bully towards his stutter prone brother. The developing relationship and unlikely...

4.0
0

A great movie that encourages you in life to overcome obstacles and fears whether imagined or real. Yes you can with God on your side go forward.

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

While far from easy, both roles provide a delightful opportunity for Firth and Rush to poke a bit of fun at their profession.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

If The King’s Speech doesn’t bring him the Oscar he just missed for that role, it’ll be a royal scandal.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

That film does have its attractions, notably in its two solid leads and standout support from Mr. Pearce.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This handsome movie about the abdication crisis and George VI's stammer is a clever anti-Pygmalion

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

What we have here is a superior historical drama and a powerful personal one.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

The piano refrain that opens The King’s Speech tells you to expect a film that prizes respectability above all else. And yet almost imperceptibly, something shifts in Tom Hooper’s period comedy.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It perhaps started with "The Queen," continued with "Young Victoria" and now achieves the most intimate glimpse inside the royal camp to date with The King's Speech.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Think the blazing joys of "Chariots Of Fire" where the race is to the end of a sentence. Can it be that the British are coming?

5.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The King's Speech wins out with vivid dialogue and great cast

4.0
0

The genuine struggle was superb. Geoffrey rush was STELLAR, as was the exception late-Mr Darcy. Throw Helena Bonham Carter into the mix and a decent script and very acurate portrayal of the times and you have a decent movie! I AM ANGRY that Geoffrey Rush didn't get any recognition in the Academy Awards for this :( Prepare to hold your breath alongside...

5.0
0

In really enjoyed this movie and the cast was superb! You really felt Colin Firth's pain as the stuttering King

4.0
0

Colin Firth is exceptional in this movie. The script is perfect, the cast is great, the acting is superb and the cinematography is spot on. Nothing more to say.

5.0
0

Those who expected some kind of action thriller completely missed the point. This movie is about characters and relationships and personal courage. Spot-on period sets, costumes and make-up, give it authenticity, and the wonderful acting (Colin Firth is magnificent), take your breath away. A deeply satisfying film of great integrity, I'd happily watch...

5.0
0

The King's Speech is better than average, and so perhaps deserves 4 stars, but I think this would be a misleading score. Nothing in this film was unexpected. For example: did anyone not guess the speech therapist was going to use unorthodox methods? Is there any doubt at all about the final outcome? Or any part of the plot for that matter? There are...

3.0
0

An enjoyable movie for pretty much any generation, it's actually just a classic reluctant-hero-overcoming-adversity story, with great acting from the whole cast, fantastic writing, set design and costuming as well. Colin Firth's Oscar was well-deserved!

4.0
0

Colin Firth at his best! A great story, beautifully done. I think this is a movie that will appeal to all ages.

0

I enjoyed it but a bit slow so I subsequently fell asleep. Actors are awesome and I was pleased when it ended!

3.0
0

This is a quiet understated film and story but the acting was convincing from the leads Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush and Guy Pierce (didn't recognize him at first). Portrayal of Mrs Simpson and King Edward 8th was unflattering. Edward came across as a bully towards his stutter prone brother. The developing relationship and unlikely...

4.0
0

A great movie that encourages you in life to overcome obstacles and fears whether imagined or real. Yes you can with God on your side go forward.

5.0
0