The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

This film concerns the tempestuous relationship between the middle-aged Queen Elizabeth I and the ambitious Earl of Essex. At one point, the Queen intends to marry Essex and relinquish her throne, until she realizes that his plans for… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 19, 2005
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

It's a war of minds and wills, but where it stands is at a point where Michael Curtiz still could direct ably, but the material wouldn't give way toward something better.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Lavish, star-studded, but ultimately rather dull

Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Davis seizes every possible opportunity to make herself into a mad spectacle.

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Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

This strange film--a romantic fable, wholly fictitious yet rooted in historically accurate minutiae--is a pleasure

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Hadn't seen this until now and I was really surprised and pleased at the outcome. Being a story based around romance with much slow burning dialog I was… More
Kevin M. Williams
ms."i'm-a-big-hotsie-totsie-hollywood-actress" (and she was!) davis scorned poor swashbucklilng senor mister flynn as he was only a lowly boy… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A film that basically relies on exchanges of fine dialogue. The war scenes are now naturally dated and the final act is very weak, with the main characters… More
Aj V
Another average historical drama with an all star cast. Worth watching, but not always very interesting.