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Victoria and Abdul

  • Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Adeel Akhtar, Eddie Izzard
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 112 min.

When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

"Judi Dench can do no wrong, and playing Queen Victoria for the second time in the richly satisfying Victoria and Abdul is an acting lesson par excellence that proves how rapturous it is to watch this great artist do everything right."
- Rex Reed, The New York Observer
"Start to finish, it’s a bloody delightful romp. "
- Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"A film of solid craftsmanship led by another royally magnificent performance by Judi Dench."
- Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It's up to historians to assess how accurate this funny, charming film is to the details of Queen Victoria's last years, but its use of poetic license is impeccable."
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The story told in Victoria and Abdul is so far-fetched that it really helps to know that it is, in its broad outlines, true. "
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"This funny, touching adap of Shrabani Basu’s 2010 biography has its own chemistry, withering wit and unsentimental message of acceptance. A royal treat. "
- Jamie Graham, Total Film
"Frears hasn't just made an historical recreation; he has made a movie containing a message with universal implications for all places and times when racism rears its head."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The two leads are superb. And the idea that two people -- separated by class, a creed, a continent and half a century - could still share such a perfect bond of innocent friendship seems like an awfully important one."
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The sizable constituency that turns out for glossy period drama of this kind will embrace the sumptuously appointed Victoria & Abdul as a moving account of an isolated old woman finding joy and lightness in her final years."
- David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter