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Victoria & Abdul (PG)

Biography, Drama, History

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
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The critical consensus

What a peculiarly dodgy, conservative film this is – a lazy salute to a good queen and her faithful Indian servant. It’s a film about the Raj era that looks as if it was made back then, too.

**(*)(*)(*)Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 03/09/2017

A sorta-sequel to Mrs Brown deals effectively with another of Queen Victoria’s unconventional friendships and reprises Judi Dench’s powerful and unparalleled portrayal.

****(*)Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 11/09/2017

It's surprisingly effective.

****(*)James Mottram, The List, 11/09/2017

Laughs and melancholy aplenty but the relationship between Victoria and Abdul is over romanticised.

Katherine McLaughlin, Little White Lies, 11/09/2017

Whatever liberties Frears and co may have taken with historical fact, [Dench's] performance feels utterly authentic.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 13/09/2017

Judi Dench’s poignant performance injects heart and soul into this strangely flippant, superficial affair.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 15/09/2017

Judi Dench inhabits the role of Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears’s latest revisionist offering.

***(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 17/09/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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