Queen Christina
Queen Christina (1933)

Greta Garbo stars as the title character, a 17th-century Swedish monarch whose life is chronicled from her rise to the throne, to the moment she gave it up for the love of a Spanish ambassador.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 26, 1933
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Chief fault with Christina is its lethargy. It is slow and ofttimes stilted.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is one of the few Garbo performances that hasn't dated badly.

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Geoff Brown
Time Out

[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.

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Peter Freedman
Radio Times

Not a pacey film, but, overall, almost as beautiful as Garbo herself, who, in the end, makes the picture.

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Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International

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.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

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.

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Emanuel Levy

Decades later, Queen Christina remains one of Garbo's most poignant, touching, and enjoyable films, showing the Divine in all her glory.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Worth it for pairing of Garbo and Gilbert alone.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Cindy I
This is one of Greta Garbo's better roles, playing the title role of Queen of Sweden Christina. She decides to go out alone -- dressed as a young man -- to… More
jay nixon
Entertaining fiction of the life of Swenden's queen. The last shoot is truly amazing.
Randy Tippy
Epic, tragic and ripe with pre-code innuendo. Garbo is such a terrific star, not because she elevates her characters but because she makes them so damn… More
Red Lats
Interesting to see a 75 year old movie. The part where Christina is memorizing the room where she first experienced love struck me - then I read that this… More
Jennifer Xu
I am not a fan. There's a kind of simplicity to old movies you never get in modern times anymore, and sometimes it's a downfall. It was like The… More
John Ballantine
Very entertaining film from Garbo. I loved the way it was played out.