A Royal Affair Synopsis
A young queen falls in love with her physician, and they start a revolution.
Read Full Synopsis

Movie Reviews

Critic Ratings

73
SEE ALL CRITIC REVIEWS
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.
Full Review
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...
Full Review
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.
Full Review
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...
Full Review
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...
Full Review
88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Takes a fascinating chapter in Danish history, little-known to general audiences, and presents it engagingly.
Full Review
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,...
Full Review
80

New York Daily News

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

As Foriegn Films Go, This One Is Special.

By Alon Patterson
Reading a film puts a lot of people off. That's understandable in that it's difficult to watch and read at the same time. Still, some films transcend this deficit and this is definitely one of...

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...

Bravo!!!

By ItsJustMelissa
Very nicely done. I laughed, I got angry, I sat at the edge of my seat, I cried...it was well acted, flawlessly written and beautiful. (Mikkelsen is Brilliant!!) I enjoyed every character...The King,...

DELICIOUS DANISH FOREIGH FLIM REVOLVING AROUND A DOOMED ROYAL MARRIAGE AND DISASTEROUS "ROYAL AFFAIR

By Peneflix
Beautifully filmed, exquisitely acted Danish movie revolving around the disastrous marriage of Englishwoman Caroline Mathilde (sister of King George III) to her cousin Danish King Christian VII. 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...

Sad but fascinating moment in Danish history

By 55moviemonster
Beautifully produced historical drama re. the relationship between King Christian VII of Denmark, his wife Caroline Matilda (youngest daughter of Frederick, Prince of Wales) and Johann Stroensee, a...

ENGAGING TALE OF DANISH-ENGLISH HISTORY

By DBee
After seeing this quite interesting piece of Danish monarch history, that takes place in the 2nd half of the 18th century, I was encouraged to verify the accuracy of the tilm. In doing so I was...

Absolutely Sumptuous

By bestdesign
From the exquisite direction and acting to the breathtaking scenery and costumes, this film is in a league above most period films. It doesn't pander in the typical hollywood fashion yet tantalizes...

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...

More Info

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.
Read the Common Sense Media Review
POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF