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The King's Speech

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United Kingdom, United States, Australia · 2010
Rated R · 1h 58m
Director Tom Hooper
Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce
Genre Drama, History

England, 1936. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie seeks out the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Together they must resurrect George's voice, so that he can confidently lead England through perilous times.

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What are people saying?

Elsa Bauerdick Profile picture for Elsa Bauerdick

This movie is a poignant look at family, duty, and the pressure of presentability. Even though it revolves around British royalty, much of the content is relatable to anyone who has ever struggled with public perception or family. In the end, this is a movie about a man and the family that has ruled is life ever since he was born.

What are critics saying?


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

It's a warm, richly funny and highly enjoyable human story that takes an intriguing sideways glance at a crucial period in 20th-century history.


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

The barbs of wit, delivered throughout, are like the retractable daggers used in stage productions of "Macbeth" or "Julius Caesar": they gleam enticingly, they plunge home to the hilt, but they leave no trace of a wound.


NPR by Bob Mondello

It's the relationship between the two men that makes the film work: Geoffrey Rush's teacher cracking the quip, and Colin Firth so persuasive as the panicky king that by the time he gets to his crucial speech about going to war, you'll be panicking right along with him.


USA Today by Claudia Puig

Let's say it without equivocation: Colin Firth deserves an Oscar for his lead role in The King's Speech as the stammering King George VI.


The Hollywood Reporter by Kirk Honeycutt

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.

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