The Queen (2006)

The Queen (2006)

The Queen (2006)

'The Queen' depicts the backstage parley between PM Tony Blair, Queenie Elizabeth II and the wacky Royal family leading up to and following the death of Princess Diana. The Queen fields a backlash against her and the whanau, and struggles to comprehend British public grief over the death. But she's finally convinced to cast aside stiff royal protocol by Blair. Actress Helen Mirren, who plays Elizabeth II, says this of the film: "I hope it's a sensitive, humanist look at a very difficult time in a strange family."

Winner of the Best Actress Award (Mirren) at the 2007 Academy Awards. Best Actress (Mirren), Best Screenplay, Golden Globes 2007. Best Actress (Mirren) and Best Original Screenplay, Venice Film Festival 2006. Best Film, BAFTA Awards 2007.
2006Rating: M, Infrequent moderate coarse language97 minsUK, France, Italy
DramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Stephen Frears (Mrs. Henderson Presents, Dirty Pretty Things, High Fidelity, Mary Reilly, Dangerous Liaisons)
Writer:
Peter Morgan
Cast:
Helen MirrenMichael SheenJames CromwellSylvia Syms
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A career performance from Mirren

This is a great performance by Helen Mirren playing Queen Elizabeth II. It kicks off in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death. The whole nation and world is grieving.The royals are accused of not having a heart by not making a public appearance. Tony Blair played by Michael Sheen has just become Prime Minister and he wants to help the Queen regain the...

4.0

boring, stuffy,

Now i know why the republic movement is growing.

2.0

A great TV movie.

Looks and feels like a made-for-TV, true-life movie - but with top-quality acting. I get a funny sort of pleasure from watching an actor do someone famous - like Tony Blair. Funny & interesting.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A sublimely nimble evisceration of that cult of celebrity known as the British royal family...

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

One of the best and liveliest movies of the year - funny and touching in ways you can't predict...

3.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The Queen is a spellbinding story of opposed passions -- of Elizabeth's icy resolve to keep the royal family separate and aloof from the death of the divorced Diana, who was legally no longer a royal, and of Blair's correct reading of the public mood...

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Politically shrewd, unexpectedly funny yet immaculately tasteful docudrama...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A fascinating mix of high-minded gossip and historical perspective, examines the clash of values -- of ritual and traditions versus media savvy and political ambition -- that leads to a crisis for the British monarchy...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Fascinating, funny, wicked and to the point, this is an excellent film about a week every Briton over the age of 15 will remember vividly...

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Morgan's biggest problem is getting inside Her Majesty's head. Cast as a traditionalist adrift in a fast-changing world, her public face remains her private one... The tabloid appeal is obvious, but Morgan's script is tomorrow's chip paper...

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A sublimely nimble evisceration of that cult of celebrity known as the British royal family...

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

One of the best and liveliest movies of the year - funny and touching in ways you can't predict...

3.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The Queen is a spellbinding story of opposed passions -- of Elizabeth's icy resolve to keep the royal family separate and aloof from the death of the divorced Diana, who was legally no longer a royal, and of Blair's correct reading of the public mood...

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Politically shrewd, unexpectedly funny yet immaculately tasteful docudrama...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A fascinating mix of high-minded gossip and historical perspective, examines the clash of values -- of ritual and traditions versus media savvy and political ambition -- that leads to a crisis for the British monarchy...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Fascinating, funny, wicked and to the point, this is an excellent film about a week every Briton over the age of 15 will remember vividly...

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Morgan's biggest problem is getting inside Her Majesty's head. Cast as a traditionalist adrift in a fast-changing world, her public face remains her private one... The tabloid appeal is obvious, but Morgan's script is tomorrow's chip paper...

2.0

A career performance from Mirren

This is a great performance by Helen Mirren playing Queen Elizabeth II. It kicks off in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death. The whole nation and world is grieving.The royals are accused of not having a heart by not making a public appearance. Tony Blair played by Michael Sheen has just become Prime Minister and he wants to help the Queen regain the...

4.0

boring, stuffy,

Now i know why the republic movement is growing.

2.0

A great TV movie.

Looks and feels like a made-for-TV, true-life movie - but with top-quality acting. I get a funny sort of pleasure from watching an actor do someone famous - like Tony Blair. Funny & interesting.

4.0