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A Royal Affair

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Nikolaj Arcel

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About the Movie

A Royal Affair is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen’s heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen) and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilde (Alicia Vikander), A Royal Affair is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in the pursuit of freedom for their people, and of the passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 103
  • Fresh: 92
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The storytelling ... is kind of amazing. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Nov 14, 2012

Fresh: A Royal Affair covers plenty of stately ground, all in good time. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Nov 29, 2012

Fresh: "A Royal Affair" is an engaging and entertaining film, one that might have been great, if only the history were different. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 15, 2012

Fresh: A crowned-heads soap opera that balances effectively between pomp and melodramatic circumstance. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 21, 2012

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Customer Reviews

A masterpiece!

A beautifully exquisite film. The greatest since "Elizabeth". Possibly even better. I am stunned at the incredible cast, the screenwriting, the cinematography... A true masterpiece!!

No words to describe this film

It is just so afjsdkljdmfnskfnjdfndjfnejfnefjnscnkndbdhvogskyshkfcjhfhkbfuihgghghhvgjkjhvdhfjvkvnfnvjvkfndbskfkhkhkfnenfkhkkhjfhegsibkfbshdjgkfjfbdjgkhkhgshfkgkhln,bmfnfkbkfbdjblfnflb,vnckbmfjfkhkfmfmfkfjfn. This movie is amazing. I personally love everything historical and I love drama. This film really tells you a lot about the enlightenment in Denmark. This is one of a kind. I just do not know what to say about it! I really like how these historical figures were portrayed. This movie was quite intriguing and is on top of my movie list. Yes I am a teenager, but who said teenagers can't like historical films based off of reality? Anyone would love this film. I recommend A Royal Affair for everyone. Especially those historians and historian wannabes and history geeks, such as myself would like this film. I guarantee it.


This movie really brought you into what it was really like in the royal courts, it wasn't every girls fantasy were the king and queen fall in love, or the servant meets the lonely queen were they run off into the sunset and have many kids; this was a true story about the hardships of prearranged marriage, a mad king and a Enlightenment physician, the people of Denmark and dangerous love. It made me cry and feel for the people. I loved it.

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