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
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5