The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
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The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
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 advancement would ultimately prove disastrous for England.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Lavish, star-studded, but ultimately rather dull"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Davis seizes every possible opportunity to make herself into a mad spectacle."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"This strange film--a romantic fable, wholly fictitious yet rooted in historically accurate minutiae--is a pleasure"
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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