• Released
  • January 18, 2013
  • (Jan 18 NY, Feb 1 LA)
  • R , 2 hr 18 min
  • Drama
    Romance
  • 94 Fan Ratings
90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
With its sumptuous settings, urgent romance and intellectual substance, A Royal Affair is a mind-opener crossed with a bodice-ripper.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Historical drama of the highest order - teeming with big ideas, and anchored by the nicely nuanced performances of Vikander and Mikkelsen.
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88

Charlotte Observer

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.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

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.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Takes a fascinating chapter in Danish history, little-known to general audiences, and presents it engagingly.
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85

NPR

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.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Mikkelsen's unconventional features and intense talent lend a compelling edge to this expansive period piece.
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75

Boston Globe

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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

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.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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