• R, 2 hr. 4 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Shekhar Kapur
    In Theaters:
    Nov 6, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 25, 1999
  • Gramercy

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Elizabeth Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Without [Blanchett], Kapur's extravagant history lesson (written by Michael Hirst) blurs into dark doings among men in tights.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 7, 2011
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Cate Blanchett gives a bravura performance in this dark and lurid account, which is done from a contemporary standoint as a conspiracy thriller, emphasizing the violent actions

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

January 11, 2011
David Rooney
Variety
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"Elizabeth" is superior historical soap opera that shrewdly sidesteps all the cliches of British costume drama with its bold, often modern approach.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 31, 2008
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Dank interior castle settings create a claustrophobic intensity that underscores the growing sense of paranoia and people's sinister machinations in this battle for England.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 83/100

September 12, 2007

Time Out
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Kapur cunningly confuses gender roles, equates sex with death, and rattles through dark, stony passions with some considerable panache.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

More often than not, it's a watchable and thought-provoking history lesson rather than the captivating, revealing, intimate portrait it wants to be.

| Original Score: B

December 6, 2004
James Rocchi
Netflix

Drama of the ascendancy of England's most powerful queen brims with great acting, brilliant direction.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Historians will take issue with some of the filmmakers' choices, but fans of juicy historical drama will just hunker down for the feast.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

October 15, 2002
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

Blanchett is the shining jewel in an otherwise dull and tarnished crown.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

June 5, 2002
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

É como um livro de História - mas sem a didática que tornou admiráveis outros exemplares afins produzidos pelo Cinema.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 3/5

May 31, 2002
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix

Blanchett never curtsies to caricature. Her interpretation is complex, restrained, warmly sensual.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

March 24, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A well-done drama about power politics and the cult of personality.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 3, 2002

An excellent film, it does not warrant a higher rating because it assumes the audience is very familiar with Elizabeth I's rise to the throne.

Full Review

October 24, 2001
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Junkyard filth masquerading as an important history lesson.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: short

April 20, 2001
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner

"Elizabeth" is history rendered with enough brains and imagination to more than make up for its fewstumbles.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

...a grand visual delight and liberating sixteenth century costume tale.

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

This is Blanchett at her best, responding to Kapur's lucid and firm direction, as he raises the film well above standard 'costumer' levels to an intricate, intelligent human and historical drama.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 1, 2000
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

A powerful, arty production, with a strong cast (with a couple of exceptions), perfoming well.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper

As Elizabeth, Cate Blanchett has a fierceness about her, an intensity that won't quit.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The film cries out for a one-word review: Confusing.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
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