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  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Takes a fascinating chapter in Danish history, little-known to general audiences, and presents it engagingly. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    With its sumptuous settings, urgent romance and intellectual substance, A Royal Affair is a mind-opener crossed with a bodice-ripper. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Historical drama of the highest order - teeming with big ideas, and anchored by the nicely nuanced performances of Vikander and Mikkelsen. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Mikkelsen's unconventional features and intense talent lend a compelling edge to this expansive period piece. show more

  • 85
    Ella Taylor NPR

    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, along with great acting, is the appetite of director Nikolaj Arcel and his boisterous co-writer Rasmus Heisterberg ("I want a fun queen!" wails Christian) for the queasy workings of political gamesmanship both above and below board. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A big budget historical drama that carries Denmark's hopes into the Oscar season. It provides still more exposure for the rising Danish star Mads Mikkelsen, the latest male sex symbol of the art house crowd. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Writers Rasmus Heisterberg and Nicolaj Arcel are known in America for the original version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." This film is the exact opposite: stately instead of propulsive, emotionally warm instead of chilly, lit by candles and sun instead of flashlights and neon. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Although the brazen lovers, bellicose ministers and backstabbing handmaidens are familiar elements, the film is so handsomely mounted that we happily endure the ride until the turning of the screws in the tragic last act. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    It digs deep into the heart and soul of its lovers, who are idealistic, intelligent and passionate - and yet still risk everything they might gain for stolen moments together. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    But even appreciated simply as a little-known chapter of European history, it proves consistently engrossing, edifying and affecting. show more

  • December 14, 2012 yp00000000133913
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    Predictable.

  • December 02, 2012 dianalandau
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    Historic period nicely done. Very well acted.

  • November 25, 2012 anitajk842
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    I wonder if Leo Tolstoy's Anna can beat, A Royal Affair.

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