• R, 2 hr. 4 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Shekhar Kapur
    In Theaters:
    Nov 6, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 25, 1999
  • Gramercy
  • Elizabeth
    2 minutes 40 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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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
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
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
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

August 21, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

June 18, 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

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 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.

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October 24, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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| Original Score: 3.5/5

May 11, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

February 27, 2001
Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 14, 2001
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
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Eugene Novikov
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May 22, 2003
Jeffrey Huston
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Matt Prigge
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January 1, 2000
Ray Pride
Newcity
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