Victoria and Abdul

Victoria and Abdul

Victoria and Abdul

Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk in this period drama from the director of The Queen.

When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal, Furious 7), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

2017Rating: PG, Mild themes and coarse language111 minsUSA, UK
Drama

Streaming (2 Providers)

Victoria and Abdul / Reviews

Flicks, Alex Casey

Flicks, Alex Casey

Look, I’m all for an unlikely friendship story. A budgie and a lion cub? Sign me up. The Hound and Arya Stark? Absolutely love it. A reigning ancient monarch who forces a young Indian servant to hang out with her all the time because she’s a bit bored? Hmm, sounds troubling. Even if loosely based on a true story, these very dodgy foundations of Victoria and Abdul continue to wobble all the way to the end.

Full review
Variety

Variety

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

Full review
Time Out

Time Out

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

Full review
The Guardian

The Guardian

What a peculiarly dodgy, conservative film this is - a lazy salute to a good queen and her faithful Indian servant.

Full review
Stuff

Stuff

Fun to watch, but there is a gratifying amount of shade and jaggedness among all the expected pageantry and japes as well. Recommended.

Full review
Newsroom

Newsroom

It's a prestige picture, make no mistake, but its target audience is looking to be placated rather than challenged.

Full review
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Full review
FilmInk

FilmInk

...a satisfyingly sweet confection which will find, and please, its audience.

Full review
BBC

BBC

Stephen Frears knows how to keep the culture-clash comedy bright and sprightly, and Lee Hall has written a script which can be charming fun while having a few digs at racism and snobbery along the way.

Full review