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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    M. FaustThe Public (Buffalo)
    For the most part Victoria and Abdul is an Anglophile's delight.
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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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    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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    Matthew LucasFrom the Front Row
    Oversimplification of geopolitical issues aside, Victoria & Abdul is a light, charming entertainment that features yet another stunning performance by Dench.
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    Cate MarquisWe Are Movie Geeks
    As gorgeous as the film is, it is still Dench's performance that really rivets.
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