Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

"The Golden Age" finds Queen Elizabeth I facing bloodlust for her throne and familial betrayal. Growing keenly aware of the changing religious and political tides of late 16th century Europe, Elizabeth finds her rule openly… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 12, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This sequel is full of lavish costumes and elaborate sets, but lacks the heart and creativity of the original Elizabeth

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

A pedigreed romance, an excuse for Blanchett to bind herself in satin and channel Kate Hepburn.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age, from a screenplay by William Nicholson and Michael Hirst, turned out to be more rousingly entertaining than many of its less-than-lukewarm reviews had led me to anticipate.

Joshua Starnes

As an historical reenactment it suffers from a great deal of simplification in order to make complex events quickly and easily understandable, and as a drama it suffers from a great deal of build that never really pays on it's promise.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

Making soap of statecraft, the film has plenty of juicy moments, but offers an inconsistent rather than complex view of Elizabeth.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I can almost recommend this film as a great-looking, bombastic guilty pleasure. But the soundtrack is unbearable, the soap opera love triangle -- laughable.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

While the performances keep the film afloat, Kapur's over indulgent direction and his inadequate interpretation of history comes dangerously close to running it aground.

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Jonathan F. Richards

This is romantic fantasy, not history, and much of the time you fully expect Kapur, here making his third post-Bollywood feature, to turn his cast loose in song and dance.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Despite its title, Shekhar Kapur's new film resembles tarnished copper.

Fernando F. Croce


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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Overly dramatic and cheesy like a soap-opera, this stupid costume drama made to dazzle us with its sumptuous production design seems like two stories in one and… More
Chris Weber
This is the sequel to the film that made Cate Blanchett's career, and, while it does have it's moments, it doesn't quite live up to the level set… More
Jens S.
This unofficial sequel to Shekhar Kapur's first film about Queen Elisabeth the First manages to reunite the fantastic Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush,… More
Curtis Lilly
Not quite as good as the first one, but still pretty interesting.
Alex roy
Phenomenal sequel to Elizabeth, Cate Blanchett delivers a stunning performance in the title role. Though the film has gotten some flack for its romantic… More
xGary Xx
"Based upon" the life of Elizabeth I, The Golden Age is the kind of film that causes the words "sumptuous" and "lavish" to be… More