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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 140
Fresh: 59 | Rotten: 81

Critics Consensus: Though it features some extravagant and entertaining moments, The Other Boleyn Girl feels more like a soap opera than historical drama.

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: Though it features some extravagant and entertaining moments, The Other Boleyn Girl feels more like a soap opera than historical drama.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 204,513


Movie Info

Two ferociously ambitious sisters, Mary and Anne Boleyn, are rivals for the bed and heart of the 16th century English king Henry VIII.

PG-13 (for mature thematic elements, sexual content and some violent images)
Drama , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Peter Morgan
In Theaters:
Jun 10, 2008
Box Office:
Sony Pictures/Columbia - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for The Other Boleyn Girl

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (81) | DVD (4)

Why in the name of ermine boleros would anyone make such a dull, coy and, worst of all, pretty film about Anne Boleyn?

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

I think the performances are really good.

March 3, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

[An] oversimplified, overheated mediocre melodrama.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

[A] vulgarized portrayal of the Tudor court.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Overscored and lacking even the faintest realism of period, the movie still bears undeniable trash charms, if nothing near the deep satisfactions of such medieval nonsense as Beckett.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Time Out New York
Top Critic

After covering much of its ground at a stylish canter, The Other Boleyn Girl finishes at a plod.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Irresistibly salacious soap opera, teeming with lust, scheming, backstabbing, and some outrageously overheated plot twists.

Full Review… | August 12, 2012

Apart from the close ups of the lead actresses in 16th century garb, this movie is recommended only to soap opera aficionados and lovers of corsets.

Full Review… | January 19, 2010
Apollo Guide


Full Review… | August 27, 2009

A run-of-the-mill costume drama that made me think more about running home and Wikipedia-ing the characters than investing in the story before me.

Full Review… | September 8, 2008

A very entertaining and involving story of family and sacrifice.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Sin Magazine

The history may have been narratively scrunched, but it's all the true lives of some powerful and unfortunate people. Very lush.

Full Review… | July 17, 2008

Portman confere peso dramático à Ana Bolena, mas Johansson e Bana parecem seguir no piloto automático. Além disso, as liberdades históricas tomadas pelo roteiro são absurdas demais para poderem ser ignoradas.

July 10, 2008
Cinema em Cena

The falling blade is the only element not missing the mark in this film. I wanted to call for the beheading after Act One, and spare the audience instead.

Full Review… | June 21, 2008
Film Threat

The film gets a full 'This is a work of fiction' disclaimer, even noting that any resemblance to any person living or dead is unintentional. That tells you something about how much trust to put in these historical CliffsNotes.

Full Review… | June 9, 2008
Groucho Reviews

An all in the dysfunctional family royal romp with incestuous tendencies, this richly textured, dramatically disciplined, erotically laced and emotionally taut creation makes for weirdly kinky historical analysis, but pretty steamy pre-tabloid melodrama.

Full Review… | June 9, 2008

If only there was some nobility among these royals.

Full Review… | May 28, 2008
Laramie Movie Scope

In an earlier era this would have starred Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins and in its way, The Other Boleyn Girl is just as trashy and enjoyable.

Full Review… | May 22, 2008
Windy City Times

If the late Aaron Spelling had lived long enough to produce Showtime's The Tudors, the result might have been something like The Other Boleyn Girl...

Full Review… | May 1, 2008

With plenty of betrayal, attempted incest and beheadings crammed into this period episode of The Young and the Restless, The Other Boleyn Sister has appeal in an otherwise stiff genre.

Full Review… | April 15, 2008

There are moments when you can see how terrific this film could have been

Full Review… | March 21, 2008
Shadows on the Wall

Such unwieldy mechanisms only draw attention to the movie's narrative contrivances.

Full Review… | March 21, 2008

A rather titillating take on a racy historical novel, this is perhaps too ambitious in intent. More time, or more pruning (perhaps they should just have focused on The Boleyn girl), would have produced a richer and more enjoyable film.

Full Review… | March 20, 2008
Empire Magazine Australasia

It's a fairly uninspired screenplay. And the same can be said for both the Boleyn girls. They are both extremely fetching in their tight bodices but unengaging as characters.

Full Review… | March 19, 2008
At the Movies (Australia)

Hey, wait a minute, is the movie supposed to be this funny?

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
Philadelphia Weekly

Feels like an Oscar-bait title that somehow got its DNA mixed up with a daytime soap opera.

Full Review… | March 16, 2008
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for The Other Boleyn Girl

Excellent cast and based on a true story about two sisters who are pawned by their family into the Kings' court to bed King Henry VIII and produce a heir to the throne. The King breaks with the Catholic church when his wife, the Queen cannot give him an heir, in order to marry Anne Boleyn. She gives him an heir, not a son but a daughter - Elizabeth who ruled for 45 years after Henry's death. I love the costumes and drama. Great cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

I have to say I feared the worst when sitting down to this film, 2 Americans and an Australian playing huge historical English characters sounded like an awful idea. It wasn't so bad though, in fact it was perfectly adequate. Nothing special mind, there was an awful lot of the plot missing, and years skipped by in seconds but thanks to a capable cast and some nice direction (apart from the handful of 'behind a fence/through a curtain' wobbly camera shots) it was pleasantly not horrible.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Excellent period drama that tells a perfect and dead on story of Anne (Natalie Portman) & Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson) as they both seduce King Henry VIII (Eric Bana) in this dramatic & tragic film masterpiece.

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


Stylish and well directed, superb costumes and strong performances, the movie stand out to be truly enjoyable and highly dramatic.

Crash Ek

Super Reviewer

The Other Boleyn Girl Quotes

Katherine of Aragon: How dare you. [man shouts Katherine, Queen of England, come to court] You want me to creep away and become a nun? Well I shall not. You want me to lie before God and admit my first marriage was consummated, well it was not. You want me to retire and give up my daughter's claim as sole rightful hier to the throne, well I shall not. Not in a thousand years. Not if you rack me to within an inch of my life. I am Katherine, Queen of England. The king's one true wife and mother of the heir to the throne. Beloved of the people and beloved of a king, who you have bewitched.
– Submitted by Nhia T (23 months ago)
Lady Elizabeth Boleyn: So, the Boleyn whores, two former ladies of mine. What did I do to upset you, that you should turn against me like this? Anne Boleyn: You fail giving him an hier. Katherine of Aragon: And that upsets you? Anne Boleyn: What upsets the king, upsets me.
– Submitted by Nhia T (23 months ago)

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