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3.3
1,979 Ratings

The Queen

Directed by Stephen Frears
United Kingdom, 2006
Drama

Synopsis

In an Oscar- and BAFTA-winning portrayal, Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II in the days following the tragic, unexpected death of Princess Diana, as the monarchy struggles to comfort a heartbroken nation.

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The Queen Directed by Stephen Frears

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2006 | 3 wins including: Best Actress

Academy Awards

2007 | Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

2007 | 5 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

The New York Film Festival

2006

Vancouver International Film Festival

2006

What are people saying?

  • Igor Ramos's rating of the film The Queen

    Just saw this again recently. It's a very constraint, yet confident, movie... pretty much like the Queen herself. I guess it could easily have turned her into some sort of heroine/martyr in the midst of everything that was happening to her life after Diana died, but it didn't. The script and Helen Mirren made this a very human and believable Queen. The whole symbolism of the deer was quite clever.

  • Mugino's rating of the film The Queen

    I was worried that this might be an obtuse, populist caricature of the monarchy. Far from it, Frears' level-headed direction and Peter Morgan's delicate screenplay manage to make this a sensitive but unsentimental portrait. Perhaps it helps that my reaction in '97 was that the public had gone bat-crap-crazy over Diana's death and I had to tune out the ridiculous media coverage, so my sympathies are already aligned.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film The Queen

    The deer scene at Balmoral is masterful. Not Frears' best work yet Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, Michael Sheen as Tony Blair, and James Cromwell as Prince Phillip are authentically portrayed.

  • Steve Thompson's rating of the film The Queen

    The week following Princess Diana's death was indeed an extraordinary time for the media, the monarchy and the nation in general but Frear's film doesn't begin to do it justice. Despite competent acting, the insights are shallow, not least in the film's adoption of a moral centre in the virtuous careful diplomacy of Tony Blair (played by Martin Sheen). Ultimately an unconvincing, smug and rather exploitative film.

  • Steve G.'s rating of the film The Queen

    If the Queen really was Helen Mirren and the Duke Of Edinburgh really was James Cromwell, then there would be a lot less anti-monarchists like me around.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film The Queen

    The moment in time the film attempts to address is rather muffed in that the underlying political conivances are far more interesting and telling than trying to crack the reserve of the titular character. The film largely fails on both accounts and instead remains a rather cautious exercise in semi-speculation.

  • Thomas Dods's rating of the film The Queen

    Less about the Queen and more a story about Tony Blair as a new PM capitalising on Diana's death. Good performances all round and solid writing, but ultimately not particularly cinematic. Ironically, it now comes across as a warm up for Peter Morgan's sublime TV series The Crown.

  • Kyle Knapp's rating of the film The Queen

    A slick surface and Mirren's perfection can't hide how sloppy and ham-fisted this sometimes is, falling into the same kind of tabloid fare that it purports to scrutinize. A lot of the dialogue could have been lifted from a made-for-TV BBC royal exploitation flick. Occasionally manage to say something meaningful about tabloid and TV culture, and Michael Sheen and Sylvia Syms are very good, but this is a slight film.