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

It is no secret that Bette Davis and Errol Flynn were at each other's throats throughout the filming of The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. Boiled down to essentials: Davis felt that Flynn was unprofessional, while Flynn thought… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 11, 1939
DVD 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
Carlos Magalh„es
A film that basically relies on exchanges of fine dialogue. The war scenes are now dated and the final act is very weak, with the characters saying one thing… 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
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
Aj V
Another average historical drama with an all star cast. Worth watching, but not always very interesting.