A Royal Affair
A Royal Affair

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A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.... (Full plot summary below)

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A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

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Wall Street Journal - 9/10 by Joe Morgenstern With its sumptuous settings, urgent romance and intellectual substance, A Royal Affair is a mind-opener crossed with a bodice-ripper.
NPR - 9/10 by Ella Taylor While it's lavish and lush in all the expected costume-drama ways, A Royal Affair never bogs down in period detail. What drives the film, along with great acting, is the appetite of director Nikolaj Arcel and his boisterous co-writer Rasmus Heisterberg ("I want a fun queen!" wails Christian) for the queasy workings of political gamesmanship both above and below board.
Chicago Sun-Times - 9/10 by Roger Ebert A big budget historical drama that carries Denmark's hopes into the Oscar season. It provides still more exposure for the rising Danish star Mads Mikkelsen, the latest male sex symbol of the art house crowd.
Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/10 by Steven Rea Historical drama of the highest order - teeming with big ideas, and anchored by the nicely nuanced performances of Vikander and Mikkelsen.
USA Today - 9/10 by Claudia Puig Takes a fascinating chapter in Danish history, little-known to general audiences, and presents it engagingly.
Charlotte Observer - 9/10 by Lawrence Toppman Writers Rasmus Heisterberg and Nicolaj Arcel are known in America for the original version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." This film is the exact opposite: stately instead of propulsive, emotionally warm instead of chilly, lit by candles and sun instead of flashlights and neon.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 9/10 by Joe Williams Although the brazen lovers, bellicose ministers and backstabbing handmaidens are familiar elements, the film is so handsomely mounted that we happily endure the ride until the turning of the screws in the tragic last act.
Entertainment Weekly - 8/10 by Lisa Schwarzbaum The storytelling in A Royal Affair is traditional bordering on square. But the historical drama itself - about how an idealistic German doctor influenced a silly king, romanced a queen, and brought the Age of Enlightenment to 18th-century Denmark - is kind of amazing.
Washington Post - 8/10 by Ann Hornaday But even appreciated simply as a little-known chapter of European history, it proves consistently engrossing, edifying and affecting.
Boston Globe - 8/10 by Ty Burr A Royal Affair is tosh but it's ripely entertaining tosh, with emotions as flamboyant as the window treatments. There is nothing like a Dane.
Miami Herald - 8/10 by Connie Ogle It digs deep into the heart and soul of its lovers, who are idealistic, intelligent and passionate - and yet still risk everything they might gain for stolen moments together.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service - 8/10 by Roger Moore A Royal Affair...is a lovely history lesson, but a film without the spark of invention that makes this modern parable feel modern.

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