Victoria & Abdul

Victoria & Abdul

By Stephen Frears

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2017-09-15
  • Advisory Rating: 12
  • Runtime: 1h 51min
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Production Company: Working Title Films
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: GBP 7.99
From 389 Ratings


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 favour 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.



  • Tone deaf.

    By Jak Luke Sharp
    Stephen Frears Victoria and Abdul has a poisonous beauty surrounding it. A jolted juxtaposition from beautiful cinematography and the dire tragic events of colonialism and war which is breezed over with a slight jab of the events with an uncomical quote. The biggest and quite staunch issue in Frears film is the underlying theme of patriotic racism and ignorance in very indecent terms. Swimming in very shallow waters in a sea of insincerity. The film is Completely tone deaf. Incredibly problematic and impolitic, how many times can one listen to ”But he's a Muslim?” before it grates to the point of utter desolation. The central relationship between Victoria and Abdul is satisfying to a point as it feels both repetitive and dragged, although it is layered with emotional depth, unfortunately feels inorganic and inanimate. The storm of cameos from famed British oligarchs from cinema doesn't help matters but Dench does save this whole entire venture with a fabulous performance.
  • Great movie!

    By billyh20thebesthaha
    I absolutely loved it , what great background
  • Very Good Movie

    By AnnieCYa
    A very good movie, well worth the couple of quid costs to watch. Beautiful art direction, cinematography, very well acted! An excellent portrait of a household in turmoil. I would also advise watching a documentary of this story - all very interesting!
  • My favourite film ♡

    By A Big Crybaby
    Such a touching story with a great message inside. I have watched this 5 times already, I love how it is telling you to respect everyone & everything, no matter if the are black, white, Muslim or any other religions. It truly is an amazing story I rate 10/10 if you haven’t watched it yet I highly recommend this film.
  • Mrs Brown

    By brawapps
    Dame Judy Dench does not disappoint in this “sequel” to Mrs Brown in which she played alongside Billy Connely. I did not know that Abdul’s journal had been found in 2010. This and the filming on location at Osborne House adds to the realism and poignancy of the production. Much to ponder here. Perhaps we should have a followup on Queen Victoria and the Kaiser?
  • Excellent

    By David muk
    Entertaining and fascinating insight into a relationship which was ‘hushed up’ at the time. Really enjoyed the story - and as ever Dame Judi Dench excels in her role.
  • Really amazing film

    By 2kool2btrue
    Excellent story. Really amazing.
  • Amazing

    By Raza_1409
    Great story great film!!