Anne of the Thousand Days
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Anne of the Thousand Days
Anne of the Thousand Days is the belated film adaptation of Maxwell Anderson's 1948 stage play. The story concentrates on the romance between Britain's King Henry VIII (Richard Burton) and his ill-fated second wife Anne Boleyn (Genevieve Bujold). After holding out for marriage rather than an illegitimate union, Anne marries Henry after he sheds himself of Katherine of Aragon -- causing a rift between the Crown and the Church in the process. Anne's inability to produce a male heir leads Henry to look about for other suitable mates. Henry's sinister right-hand man Cromwell (John… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is a story fit for the second Elizabeth, though it has perhaps one minor fault: the first two hours."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"One of those almost unbearably classy movies, like A Man for All Seasons and Becket, that have a way of elevating the reputations of moviemakers without doing much for the art."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Some plucky performance don't manage to embue this historical drama with the regal spectacle the source material deserves."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Anne of the Thousand Days is a stunning-acted, sumptuous, grand-scale widescreen drama of the royal bed chamber and political intrigues that created the Church of England."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's about what you'd expect -- slow, dry, fleetingly intelligent."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The performances (by Burton and Bujold in the leads) are decent but the film is dull, overly long, and overwrought--the kind of Royalty picture that impresses Oscar voters."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Interminable plod through the story of Henry the Eighth and Anne Boleyn."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"A superbly acted costume drama."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Bujold gives a sweet and creditable performance, though, and Burton adds some humanity to a character often portrayed simply as a monster. Yet they cannot salvage this sprawling mess."
‑ , Film4
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