Victoria & Abdul

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, 66% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 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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    Max WeissBaltimore Magazine
    It's hard not to like Victoria & Abdul-but it's all shiny surfaces. I can't help but to wonder how much deeper Frears might've dug into this rich material had he directed it 20 years ago.
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    Marjorie BaumgartenAustin Chronicle
    There's not a whole lot to Victoria & Abdul, but fans of stories about the royals should find their thirsts satisfied.
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    Larushka Ivan-ZadehMetro Newspaper (UK)
    Dench is, of course, magnificent.
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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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    Richard CrouseRichard Crouse
    If the recent film mother! was an attempt, as one writer suggested, "to shock its audiences out of complacency," Victoria & Abdul is an attempt to lull its audience into complacency.
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    Leigh MonsonSubstream Magazine
    Victoria and Abdul exposes itself as being just as shallow as the bigots it derides; the only difference is the purity of its intentions.
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    Saibal ChatterjeeNDTV
    It doesn't eventually ring true at all because the complexities of history and colonial oppression are beyond Victoria & Abdul.
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    Matt CipollaFilm Monthly
    [I]t's clear that the film doesn't paint [Abdul] as a fleshed-out person. He's just a queen's cultural boy toy.
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