Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
No screen portrait of a king has ever been more stirring-heartbreaking at first, then stirring. That's partly due to the screenplay, which contains two of the best-written roles in recent memory, and to Mr. Hooper's superb direction.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Under Hooper's deft direction, it packs the suspense of a thriller.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Despite being about a royal family at a critical moment in history, The King's Speech doesn't shout about its many strengths. Rather, it urges you to lean in close, where its intelligence and heart come through loud and clear.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Let's say it without equivocation: Colin Firth deserves an Oscar for his lead role in The King's Speech as the stammering King George VI.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
The King's Speech is a warm, wise film - the best period movie of the year and one of the year's best movies.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
A direct and heartfelt piece of work. It's conventional, maybe, in its sense of filmmaking decorum, but extraordinary in the way it cuts to the core of human frustration and feelings of inadequacy, reminding us how universal those feelings are.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Two men alone create an epic landscape of feeling in one of the very best movies of the year.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Lest the audience miss a cue, Hooper and soundtrack composer Alexandre Desplat count on the ringing grandeur of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony - the famous second movement, no less - to amp the emotions.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
It perhaps started with "The Queen," continued with "Young Victoria" and now achieves the most intimate glimpse inside the royal camp to date with The King's Speech.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie isn't badly done, just overdone - a cozy art-house crowd-pleaser coasting on the expectations of its genre.
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88 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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