Elizabeth
Elizabeth (1998)

London, 1554. England is rife with intrigue. Elizabeth, born of royal lineage (the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn), imprisoned by her half- sister Mary, when she is 16, is swept onto the throne and crowned Queen of England at… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 25, 1999
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81%
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87%



Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: No mere historical drama, Elizabeth is a rich, suspenseful journey into the heart of British Royal politics, and features a typically outstanding performance from Cate Blanchett.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Without [Blanchett], Kapur's extravagant history lesson (written by Michael Hirst) blurs into dark doings among men in tights.

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Paul Tatara
CNN.com

It's almost guaranteed to get a couple of Oscar nominations in the technical categories, and I think Blanchett deserves one, too.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

More often than not, it's a watchable and thought-provoking history lesson rather than the captivating, revealing, intimate portrait it wants to be.

David Rooney
Variety

"Elizabeth" is superior historical soap opera that shrewdly sidesteps all the cliches of British costume drama with its bold, often modern approach.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

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James Rocchi
Netflix

Drama of the ascendancy of England's most powerful queen brims with great acting, brilliant direction.

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Time Out

Kapur cunningly confuses gender roles, equates sex with death, and rattles through dark, stony passions with some considerable panache.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

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.

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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Historians will take issue with some of the filmmakers' choices, but fans of juicy historical drama will just hunker down for the feast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Emile Tremblay
Clumsy filmmaking that doesn't always succeed in doing justice to the amazing screenplay, Cate Blanchett still manages to shine in a memorable peformance,… More
Jens S.
This excellent historical drama turned newcomer Cate Blanchett into a star thanks to a brilliant performance as the young queen Elisabeth the First. The rest of… More
Film Crazy
Its an interesting Biopic, not intirely sure i completely understand everything that was going on in this movie, but the acting was superb, the costume designs… More
Sanjay Rema
This film is boring and forgettable. The one thing it does well is develop the Elizabeth character from a light hearted gal into a cold-blooded queen. However,… More
xGary Xx
Elizabeth chronicles the life of Elizabeth I from innocent young girl to one of the shrewdest and most politically savvy monarchs in England's history.… More
Matthew Slaven
Trying to be both a cut-throat political thriller and a character study of the independent Queen Elizabeth I, this film is forced to take shortcuts and lie in… More

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