Nicholas and Alexandra
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

Nicholas and Alexandra covers the rise and fall of the last of the Russian Romanovs. We first meet Czar Nicholas (Michael Jayston) and his German bride Alexandra (Janet Suzman) at their 1894 wedding. Though Nicholas is devoted to Alexandra,… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 13, 1971
DVD Release Date: August 24, 1999
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Sam Spiegel comes up with a rarity: the intimate epic, in telling the fascinating story of the downfall of the Romanovs.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The problem with Nicholas and Alexandra is that it considers the Russian Revolution from, in some ways, the least interesting perspective.

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TV Guide

While it remains a treat for the eyes, Nicholas and Alexandra suffers from the filmmakers' attempts to tell too much.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Old-fashioned, overlong costume epic.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

When James Goldman's script hits one of its frequent dead spots, Schaffner's camera is there to take up most of the slack with elegantly designed wide-screen compositions.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A lengthy, visually impressive period piece with little in the way of new material or fresh spins on history to distinguish it.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

One can be more or less hypnotized by the spectacle of their downfall, but it's difficult to be really moved by it.

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Phil Hall

Opulent and well-acted, although fidelity to history is occasionally frayed.

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Emanuel Levy

This lavish but a bit stale and overlong epic about the tragic fate of Ruusia's last czar and his wife (well acted by Janet Suzman) was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Approrpriately stately, visually beautiful but pondrous version of the tragic story of the doomed Russian royal family. The acting for the most part is fine but… More
John Ballantine
Although terribly mad and unsympathetic in actions, you can't help but feel some concerns with how Nicky and Alexandra are treated by the communist… More
Cameron Johnson
Forget Bertolucci, this is the first "Last Emperor", only with more Russian romance, or at least until the Bolsheviks came in and messed up Russian… More