Victoria & Abdul

critic Reviews

66% Fresh Tomatometer Score66%
  • Victoria & Abdul reunites Dame Judi Dench with the role of Queen Victoria -- which is all this period drama needs to overcome its imbalanced narrative.
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    Andrea GronvallChicago Reader
    Victoria & Abdul may capture the ugly side of Britain's colonial past, but its demeaning portrait of Abdul reinforces the Orientalism it purports to lampoon.
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    Anthony LaneNew Yorker
    The film's attempt to portray the Queen as more politically enlightened than her courtiers is kindly but unconvincing, and many of the actors bark and behave as if participating in a spoof.
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    Christopher OrrThe Atlantic
    Victoria & Abdul is worth seeing for Dench's magisterial performance and for Frears's light but sure directorial touch. Just don't mistake it for actual history.
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    Moira MacDonaldSeattle Times
    This film - which is, we're told, "based on real events - mostly" - tells of how the elderly queen got her groove back, so to speak.
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    Kate TaylorGlobe and Mail
    It's a neatly executed lark but one that eventually becomes ensnared in the colonialism it seeks to expose.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    Whether "Victoria & Abdul" holds up to historical scrutiny is up for debate - the prologue says the film is "based on true events... mostly" - but Dench, as always, is the real deal.
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    Yasser MedinaCinemaficionados
    Dench's performance shows that she was born to play the most popular monarchs in the history of the UK, as his second performance as Queen Victoria is a wonderful thing. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Steven ProkopyThird Coast Review
    I'll give director Frears credit for understanding that there are few things more engaging than listening to and watching Dench simply speak, and when he concentrates on that, the film in infinitely better.
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    Sarah Knight AdamsonSarah's Backstage Pass
    Judi Dench is fabulous as Queen Victoria. She's the reason to see this film.
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    Kate RodgerNewshub (NZ)
    Judi Dench is a force like no other on the big screen.
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