• Released
  • January 18, 2013
  • (Jan 18 NY, Feb 1 LA)
  • R , 2 hr 18 min
  • Drama
    Romance
  • 94 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A young queen falls in love with her physician, and they start a revolution.

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Critic Ratings

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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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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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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