This historical drama is more concerned with showing tawdry sex, convoluted conspiracies and surprisingly violent killings than it is with telling the real story.
Shekhar Kapur is not a native of Great Britain but was raised in India, who admittedly knew little about Elizabeth when assigned this film.
| Original Score: C+
With style, passion, and intelligence, Elizabeth answers the question lurking silently amid mounting slag heaps of cheesy Princess Di memorabilia: What is this thing we have about royalty?
| Original Score: 4.5/5
...a masterful exploration of the rich and fascinating world of Elizabethan England.
| Original Score: 4/4
This is a fine piece of filmmaking that gives you history but still contains the right elements of sex, intrigue and suspense to keep it from being starched.
Kapur certainly throws a lot her way, but such is Blanchett's ability that she carries it all off.
Kapur draws the best from an outstanding cast and delivers both an atmospheric romance and a mature exploration of a big theme - the dark duplicity, betrayal, and grubby ambition that runs through Britain's bloodthirsty history.
| Original Score: 4/5
Not only makes the traditionally stuffy and aloof British costume drama accessible, but entertaining and exciting as well.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
I ended up liking it, even though I kept wishing it was over.
It's almost guaranteed to get a couple of Oscar nominations in the technical categories, and I think Blanchett deserves one, too.
A decent period suspense thriller and an inaccurate history lesson that could have been a masterpiece
| Original Score: B-
| Original Score: 1.5/5
| Original Score: 3/4
| Original Score: 3.5/5