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Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 165
Fresh: 58 | Rotten: 107

This sequel is full of lavish costumes and elaborate sets, but lacks the heart and creativity of the original Elizabeth


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 32

This sequel is full of lavish costumes and elaborate sets, but lacks the heart and creativity of the original Elizabeth



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"The Golden Age" finds Queen Elizabeth I facing bloodlust for her throne and familial betrayal. Growing keenly aware of the changing religious and political tides of late 16th century Europe, Elizabeth finds her rule openly challenged by the Spanish King Philip II--with his powerful army and sea-dominating armada--determined to restore England to Catholicism. Preparing to go to war to defend her empire, Elizabeth struggles to balance ancient royal duties with an unexpected vulnerability in her


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

William Nicholson, Michael Hirst

Feb 5, 2008


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All Critics (170) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (107) | DVD (16)

Making soap of statecraft, the film has plenty of juicy moments, but offers an inconsistent rather than complex view of Elizabeth.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This is romantic fantasy, not history, and much of the time you fully expect Kapur, here making his third post-Bollywood feature, to turn his cast loose in song and dance.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source:
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Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age, from a screenplay by William Nicholson and Michael Hirst, turned out to be more rousingly entertaining than many of its less-than-lukewarm reviews had led me to anticipate.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comment (1)
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I can almost recommend this film as a great-looking, bombastic guilty pleasure. But the soundtrack is unbearable, the soap opera love triangle -- laughable.

October 15, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Despite its title, Shekhar Kapur's new film resembles tarnished copper.

October 12, 2007
Miami Herald
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Bogus history can make a crackling good adventure yarn, and Kapur piles on the treachery and romance.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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As an historical reenactment it suffers from a great deal of simplification in order to make complex events quickly and easily understandable, and as a drama it suffers from a great deal of build that never really pays on it's promise.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source:

While the performances keep the film afloat, Kapur's over indulgent direction and his inadequate interpretation of history comes dangerously close to running it aground.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

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July 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

Every shot, every costume is decadent with color, and every single twitch of Blanchett's face is imbued with meaning as she negotiates her way through her warring roles of being a woman and being a queen.

August 23, 2008 Full Review Source:

But saddled with this dopey script, [Blanchett] is stuck pulling a series of poses and wearing one ornate gown after another.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC

Blanchett is again director Shekhar Kapur's greatest asset. His weakness is his tendency to fall back on silly, melodramatic contrivance better suited to popcorn fare than to a believable meditation on Elizabethan England.

April 10, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

Betrayal, war, love triangles and most importantly, Cate Blanchett proves to be able to capture strength, anger and sadness better...

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
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This is an epic, to be sure, but it is also a melodrama, a soap opera of titanic scale and bluster.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

A pedigreed romance, an excuse for Blanchett to bind herself in satin and channel Kate Hepburn.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Figurinos, direção de arte e fotografia são exuberantes, mas fica até difícil apreciar a performance de Cate Blanchett em meio a um roteiro tão estúpido e à direção "olhem-pra-mim-sou-Cecil-B.-DeMille!" de Shekhar Kapur.

February 18, 2008
Cinema em Cena

A sequel, a costume fantasy, a romantic melodrama, a CGI war spectacular, a puzzling celebration of beauty over substance.

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: SpoutBlog

Menos interesante y más rutinaria que la primera Elizabeth (de 1998), esta segunda parte vale la pena más que nada por otra brillante composición de Cate Blanchett.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

a muddle that subsumes [its] premise in a mighty attempt to be several things all at once, with an uneven delivery

December 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

... fearsome and passionate with its visual flair, but incredibly confused as to how it wants to address Elizabeth's life beyond what has already been realized.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source:

"Elizabeth: The Golden Age" is a worthy sequel to "Elizabeth". Cate Blanchett delivers the same performance that earned her so much praise the first time around. The epic feel harkens back to Hollywood's Golden Age.

November 19, 2007

Blanchett and the film powerfully embody the range of Elizabeth's mind and the force of her intellect, along with the necessary balance between moral scruple and realpolitik.

November 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The elaborate costumes and set decoration provide the only interest.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It may have been a gamble for director Shekhar Kapur to pick up the threads of his acclaimed film Elizabeth from nine years earlier but the result is overtly satisfying

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Unreliable as history and misguided as a contemporary allegory, Golden Age finally fails because it is a half-hearted spectacle, not even filmed in a widescreen format.

November 7, 2007 Full Review | Comment (1)
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for Elizabeth: The Golden Age

This unofficial sequel to Shekhar Kapur's first film about Queen Elisabeth the First manages to reunite the fantastic Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush, reprising their roles and keeping the visual style about the queen's first years of reign. This is the story of her flirt with Sir Walter Raleigh and the threat of the Spanish armada. Even if the film is a tad slow at times, the mix of intrigues, politics and personal issues works great again. Several factors raise this film high above an interesting but dry history lesson: wonderful costumes, the really unique camera work, Cate Blanchett giving another truly outstanding performance, Clive Owen and his charming charisma, an all around great cast and a very powerful finale with the prettiest sailing ship battles you have ever seen (although admittedly, after the amazing trailer you could have hoped for even more of those). Very good and worth seeing for everyone even remotely interested in the genre.
April 2, 2012

Super Reviewer

Phenomenal sequel to Elizabeth, Cate Blanchett delivers a stunning performance in the title role. Though the film has gotten some flack for its romantic storyline, it's also part of history. I thought that this film was just as strong as the first, and that Blanchett delivered yet again. The film is a great looking piece of cinema, and the story, though slow at times is well plotted, and the pacing is just right for the great climax of the film. There are enough good things going for this film to forgive its slight imperfections. The performances alone make this a strong, flawless and powerful film. As far as sequels are concerned, Elizabeth: The Golden Age belongs on the short list of films that are just as good as or better than the original. Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a great film with a strong story and great performances. The film is just as good as the original, and despite its flaws, there are enough good things about this film to really enjoy it. The film is entertaining, and slow, but for a film like this, the pacing is just perfect. Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a great film, and along with the first film is a solid piece of cinema that should appeal to history fans. If you can forgive the love story, you'll enjoy this. A brilliant film with great performances make this a must see. A very enjoyable film that is a splendid period piece. A must see.
October 29, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

This is the sequel to the film that made Cate Blanchett's career, and, while it does have it's moments, it doesn't quite live up to the level set by its predecessor.

The story this time out focuses on a few things: the schemings of Mary Queen of Scots, the campaign against the Spanish Armada, and a possible romance between Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh. It's all some good stuff, but there's not quite as much subtext present this time around.

The cosumes and sets are wonderful yes, but the film seems to favor them more over having a stronger story with more historical accuracy and more development. Also, the film is rather slow and plodding, and feels far longer than it is. On the other hand though, there's great cinematography, the battle at the end is well done and provides some sort of pay off, and the performances are pretty good. Blanchett once again shows why she was born to play this part, Rush is once again good as Sir Francis Walsingham (though not quite as scary/badass as before), and Clive Owen is quite good as Sir Walter Raleigh, really owning the screen everytime he shows up.

This isn't a terrible film, but it was kind of disappointing. I still kinda liked it, or at least some parts more than others, but I say stick with the first one instead, and maybe only see this if you feel you need to be a completist.
October 3, 2011
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Not quite as good as the first one, but still pretty interesting.
February 17, 2011
Curtis Lilly

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    1. King Philip II of Spain: Elizabeth is darkness, I am the light.
    – Submitted by Scott S (2 years ago)
    1. Francis Throckmorton: You cannot save England now.. the Enterprise has begun.
    – Submitted by Scott S (2 years ago)
    1. Queen Elizabeth I: I've become almost enthusiastic.
    – Submitted by Scott S (2 years ago)
    1. Sir Amyas Paulet: The Queen orders these measures for your protection.
    2. Mary Stuart: The Queen? I am a Queen.
    – Submitted by Scott S (2 years ago)
    1. Queen Elizabeth I: My loving people! We see the sails of the enemy approaching. We hear the Spanish guns over the water. Soon now, we will meet them, face to face. I am resolved in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all! While we stand together no invader shall pass! Let them come with the armies of hell, they will not pass! And when this day of battle is ended, we meet again in heaven... or on the field of victory.
    – Submitted by Scott S (2 years ago)
    1. Sir Walter Raleigh: I've just returned from the New World majesty. I have claimed the fertile coast in your name and called it.. Virginia, in honour of our Virgin Queen.
    2. Queen Elizabeth I: Virginia? And when I marry will change the name to conjugia?
    – Submitted by Scott S (2 years ago)
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