Queen Christina
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If Queen Christina is not the best of Greta Garbo's films (as many Garbo fanatics insist), it is certainly the most luxuriously romantic of her talkie features. The star is cast as 17th-century Swedish queen Christina, who feels that she can best function in a male-dominated world by adopting men's clothes and attitudes (this cross-dressing element adds a subliminally gay subtext which curiously makes the subsequent events all the more poignant). Fiercely devoted to her country and the welfare of her people, Christina has long since abandoned all thoughts of pursuing any kind of a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Chief fault with Christina is its lethargy. It is slow and ofttimes stilted."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The sheer presence of Garbo in this startlingly profound performance it completely and utterly mesmerizing, and an experience that can't really be done justice on the small screen."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"This is one of the few Garbo performances that hasn't dated badly."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"We are left to regard Garbo's beauty and guess at her thoughts as she sails to a destiny only she can see."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"If anyone needs convincing of Garbo's mysterious, magical talent, her role as the 17th-century Swedish Queen Christina is a persuasive argument for her genius."
‑ , Film4
"[Garbo] turns her character into a living entity, extracts real emotion from the script's purple clumps, and glides through Mamoulian's winding camera movements with grace, wit and beauty."
‑ Geoff Brown, Time Out
"Not a pacey film, but, overall, almost as beautiful as Garbo herself, who, in the end, makes the picture."
‑ Peter Freedman, Radio Times
"Rueben Mamoulian may have taken great liberty to change the historical facts to fit his film but it's a very entertaining one especially because Garbo is in every scene."
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
"Unfortunately, once the film turns into a romance, the movie degenerates into a snoozy Catholic vs. Protestant melodrama as Christina is wooed by a Spanish noble."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Probably the best film the legendary Greta Garbo ever made."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A skillful blend of history and fiction in which the Nordic star, looking as alluring as ever, gives a performance which merits nothing but the highest praise. She appears every inch a queen."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"Decades later, Queen Christina remains one of Garbo's most poignant, touching, and enjoyable films, showing the Divine in all her glory."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Worth it for pairing of Garbo and Gilbert alone."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"The whole is less than the sum of its parts, but it is of interest for four great scenes, one great closeup, and a homosexual subtext that was daring for its time."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Greta Garbo so overpowers Queen Christina that it seems like there was no director involved at all."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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