A Royal Affair Synopsis
A young queen falls in love with her physician, and they start a revolution.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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,...
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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...
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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...
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Excellent Royal Love Triangle

By pedsarq
The setting is the Danish Royal Court during the Age of Enlightenment (early 1700s). The players are The King of Denmark, a German doctor, and an English woman who married the king of Denmark. The...

Royal Subterfuge

By VAmovie_goer
A Royal Affair is an intriguing look into the machinations and scheming that went on in the Danish Royal Court in the 18th century. The cast was very good especially Mads Mikkelsen (who was a Bond...

BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR!

By frann226
Oscar winner for sure. I dragged my macho boyfriend to this movie and he left swearing it would win best film at the oscars. Great performances....

A Royal Affair

By bizrcrutr
A must See!! Excellent movie. Great acting. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen...

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Beautiful!!

By ccnj1982
This movie was SO well done. I have been telling everyone about this film. The acting was brilliant as were the costumes and set design....

A Royal Affair

By cpsiler
Super! And it's real history....

The most beautiful movie!

By pleilani
I absolutely loved this movie! The look, the feeling, the characters. I really hated that it had to end . Subtitled movies are not for everyone but if you go to them or have never been to one, go see...

Both interesting and Educational

By dawesten
Based on true events and historical characters, I found this period film from the woman's point of view interesting, and the view into court life and politics of the late 1,700's educational and...

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Rated R | For Sexual Content and Some Violent Images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Hefty historical drama has some racy, violent moments.
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