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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

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42

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

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

41

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

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

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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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,

Drama, Romance

Peter Morgan

Jun 10, 2008

$26.8M

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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?

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I think the performances are really good.

March 3, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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[An] oversimplified, overheated mediocre melodrama.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
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[A] vulgarized portrayal of the Tudor court.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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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.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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After covering much of its ground at a stylish canter, The Other Boleyn Girl finishes at a plod.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Irresistibly salacious soap opera, teeming with lust, scheming, backstabbing, and some outrageously overheated plot twists.

August 12, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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.

January 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Dreary

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

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.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

A very entertaining and involving story of family and sacrifice.

July 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

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

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

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.

June 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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.

June 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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.

June 9, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

If only there was some nobility among these royals.

May 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
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...

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC | Comment (1)

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.

April 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week

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

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

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

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

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.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
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.

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

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

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly | Comments (2)
Philadelphia Weekly

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

March 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
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.
July 11, 2013
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Candy Rose

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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.
September 12, 2011
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Stylish and well directed, superb costumes and strong performances, the movie stand out to be truly enjoyable and highly dramatic.
May 1, 2011
Crashinkov

Super Reviewer

    1. 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 (22 months ago)
    1. 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?
    2. Anne Boleyn: You fail giving him an hier.
    3. Katherine of Aragon: And that upsets you?
    4. Anne Boleyn: What upsets the king, upsets me.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (22 months ago)
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