Without [Blanchett], Kapur's extravagant history lesson (written by Michael Hirst) blurs into dark doings among men in tights.
| Original Score: B+
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
| Original Score: B-
"Elizabeth" is superior historical soap opera that shrewdly sidesteps all the cliches of British costume drama with its bold, often modern approach.
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.
| Original Score: 83/100
Kapur cunningly confuses gender roles, equates sex with death, and rattles through dark, stony passions with some considerable panache.
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
Drama of the ascendancy of England's most powerful queen brims with great acting, brilliant direction.
| Original Score: 5/5
Historians will take issue with some of the filmmakers' choices, but fans of juicy historical drama will just hunker down for the feast.
Blanchett is the shining jewel in an otherwise dull and tarnished crown.
É como um livro de História - mas sem a didática que tornou admiráveis outros exemplares afins produzidos pelo Cinema.
| Original Score: 3/5
Blanchett never curtsies to caricature. Her interpretation is complex, restrained, warmly sensual.
A well-done drama about power politics and the cult of personality.
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.
Junkyard filth masquerading as an important history lesson.
| Original Score: short
"Elizabeth" is history rendered with enough brains and imagination to more than make up for its fewstumbles.
...a grand visual delight and liberating sixteenth century costume tale.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
A powerful, arty production, with a strong cast (with a couple of exceptions), perfoming well.
As Elizabeth, Cate Blanchett has a fierceness about her, an intensity that won't quit.
The film cries out for a one-word review: Confusing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4