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A United Kingdom

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Amma Asante

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About the Movie

David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) star in this inspiring true story of the forbidden love between the King of Botswana and a white English woman in the 1940s. When they decided to marry just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa, it caused an international uproar. But their passionate romance triumphed over every obstacle and changed the course of African history.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 144
  • Fresh: 120
  • Rotten: 24
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: "A United Kingdom" features committed performances and illuminates events that are, in themselves, worthy of note. It's not a bad film, just, strangely, not a good one. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 15, 2017

Fresh: Vividly depicted by Oyelowo and Pike, the noble pair show that sometimes love and determination can make a difference. – Peter Keough, Boston Globe, Feb 16, 2017

Fresh: Asante resorts to a few corny cliches (spinning newspaper headlines to denote time, place and issues of the day), but she has a charming way with the actors and her leads are truly irresistible. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Feb 16, 2017

Fresh: Although the relationship lacks a certain fire, the acting is superb. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Feb 16, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Great acting, but horrible film

This seemed like a rushed student film that simply wasnt ready for production

Very inspiring and wonderful story

I truly enjoyed this movie. It takes a great deal of character and emotional stamina to deal with these social stigmas. I felt the movie had great character roles and was beautifully written. It also presented me with a reminder that there is still much too be done when it comes to racism. Where for this reason, I will speak up when necessary. As should we all. Humanity should be our goal. Not the color of our skin. Great film!

Excellent movie

Excellent movie, very touching and well produced!

A United Kingdom
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2017

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