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This British-made historical drama depicts the rise of young Elizabeth Tudor to Queen of England, a reign of intrigue and betrayals. In 1554, Queen Mary I (Kathy Burke) tries to restore Catholicism as England's single faith. With no heir to the crown, she maneuvers to keep her Protestant half-sister Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) from succeeding her, but her efforts fail. With Mary dead, Elizabeth is proclaimed Queen of England in November 1558. Elizabeth relishes the return from exile of her childhood sweetheart, Lord Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes). Chief adviser Sir William Cecil (Richard… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"Without [Blanchett], Kapur's extravagant history lesson (written by Michael Hirst) blurs into dark doings among men in tights."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"It's almost guaranteed to get a couple of Oscar nominations in the technical categories, and I think Blanchett deserves one, too."
‑ Paul Tatara, CNN.com
"More often than not, it's a watchable and thought-provoking history lesson rather than the captivating, revealing, intimate portrait it wants to be."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Blanchett is the shining jewel in an otherwise dull and tarnished crown."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"A well-done drama about power politics and the cult of personality."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
""Elizabeth" is superior historical soap opera that shrewdly sidesteps all the cliches of British costume drama with its bold, often modern approach."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"Cate Blanchett gives a bravura performance in this dark and lurid account, which is done from a contemporary standoint as a conspiracy thriller, emphasizing the violent actions"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Drama of the ascendancy of England's most powerful queen brims with great acting, brilliant direction."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"É como um livro de História - mas sem a didática que tornou admiráveis outros exemplares afins produzidos pelo Cinema."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"An excellent film, it does not warrant a higher rating because it assumes the audience is very familiar with Elizabeth I's rise to the throne."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Kapur cunningly confuses gender roles, equates sex with death, and rattles through dark, stony passions with some considerable panache."
‑ , Time Out
"Dank interior castle settings create a claustrophobic intensity that underscores the growing sense of paranoia and people's sinister machinations in this battle for England."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Historians will take issue with some of the filmmakers' choices, but fans of juicy historical drama will just hunker down for the feast."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Blanchett never curtsies to caricature. Her interpretation is complex, restrained, warmly sensual."
‑ Alicia Potter, Boston Phoenix
"Junkyard filth masquerading as an important history lesson."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
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