Victoria & Abdul


Stephen Frears
Run Time: 
112 mins
Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard, Michael Gambon

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), 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.

"Start to finish, it’s a bloody delightful romp." - Movie Nation

"This funny, touching adap of Shrabani Basu’s 2010 biography has its own chemistry, withering wit and unsentimental message of acceptance. A royal treat." - Total Film

"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." - San Francisco Chronicle

"'Victoria & Abdul' is Dench’s show. She wrings dignity and humanity (and a good deal of comedy) from Lee Hall’s broadly drawn scenario, much as she did in this movie’s cross-cultural bookend, 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.'" - Philadelphia Daily News

"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." - Empire

"Frears isn’t just telling a pleasant story about an unusual friendship; he’s asking us to take a look at whether we have advanced as far in 120 years as we believe we have. The question lingers after the movie is over." - ReelViews

"'Victoria & Abdul' is a small tale well told, a modest historical biopic allowing Dench a remarkable encore." - Tampa Bay Times