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The Young Victoria (2009)

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76

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 145
Fresh: 110 | Rotten: 35

Emily Blunt shines as Victoria in this romantic but plodding royal portrait.

72

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 9

Emily Blunt shines as Victoria in this romantic but plodding royal portrait.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Director Jean-Marc Vallée takes the helm for this look at the turbulent early years of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt), who was crowned at the age of 18, and whose ill-fated marriage to Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) would later prompt her into a life of mournful seclusion. Graham King and Martin Scorsese produce a film penned by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

PG,

Drama

Apr 20, 2010

$10.9M

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All Critics (146) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (110) | Rotten (35) | DVD (2)

This Victoria is not particularly Victorian, but then she is young; and everyone wants a piece of her, politically speaking. Emily Blunt is lovely and strong-minded as the Young Vic.

January 15, 2010 Full Review
Film.com
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This may be the perfect shared entertainment for daughters just growing out of their princess phase and mothers with their own challenges balancing love and work.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The way this story is told is just basically by people reading letters in voiceover while you look at beautiful furniture.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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I wonder: Was the director of The Young Victoria wearing a corset right alongside Emily Blunt? This is one tightly constricted period drama.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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It's a muddled but plush experience overall, and if you're a royalist completist or a historical romantic, you'll probably have a decent time. As much as Blunt may have wanted the role, though, I'm not sure it suits her.

December 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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An intimate, small-scale story of a young woman's struggle to be independent of her scheming relations and to find equality in a very unequal marriage.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Emily Blunt joins the ranks of great screen monarchs.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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Talky and stately, but it has a degree of humanization making it far more enjoyable and relatable than others of its kind.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

The Young Victoria is an attractive film. While many period pieces overwhelm with flashy production design in order to get attention, the stellar art direction found here is luscious yet never vulgarly so.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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April 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Quite a bit dry, even for a historical drama.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Blunt's performance, restrained and fiery, holds together the personal and the political threads of this handsomely mounted drama.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Consistently engaging, with an appealing sense of relevance for today's audiences.

February 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

A veddy proper film that wouldn't presume to misbehave with an ounce of unnecessary melodrama and abandon. We are amused and entertained but not terribly so.

February 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Es el típico producto de calidad que se aprecia más que nada por sus valores de producción (y aquí son realmente excepcionales) y por un elenco, en este caso británico, donde se luce especialmente la estupenda Emily Blunt.

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Rich in personal drama, political intrigue and royal pageantry but also satisfyingly compact.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The life of a princess isn't necessarily a fairy tale.

January 14, 2010 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

This is Blunt's chance to follow in the footsteps of Gwenyth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley in becoming a leading lady in a period piece.

January 12, 2010 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

A passable depiction of what looks to be a rather unspectacular slice of history.

January 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

...worth seeing for Emily Blunt's radiant performance as Victoria and for the eye-popping recreations of life and ritual at the English court.

January 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

Plush, plodding stroll through the dowager queen's early years

January 10, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (2)
CinePassion

A full package period romance, from the performances to the costumes to the lush setting and the rich score.

January 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

If Molly Ringwold had taken a shot at 'respectability' in a Merchant Ivory Oscar-bait film, this might have been the perfect screenplay.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

"The Young Victoria" is a sumptuous character study that takes its time charting the transformation of a young girl born to rule into a queen ready to rule.

January 8, 2010 Full Review
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for The Young Victoria

History-lite for the sophomore high school set, albeit done with almost the best that money can buy. Blunt and Friend do as well as the passable script allows conveying the times and political infighting of court life. Only Mark Strong impressed me though as daring to press the limitations of the preset direction.
February 20, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Victoria led a very controlled and protected life as heir to the throne. Everyone wanted to manipulate her. The movie covers the early years of her reign and her romance with Albert. Good movie and good cast.
January 30, 2011
thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Besides the creepy syntax that was Princess Victoria's upbringing, there was a veil over the true politics that brought about the royals reforms later on in their reign. The uproar that was England only came to a stead in accordance with Victoria's life. Of course, this film was far more providential of a love story. The ease with which Blunt and Friend bandied about their emotions, their chemistry, the sovereigns' devotion, was palpable to a deep passion unlike any. Beautiful film.
January 3, 2011
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Thomas Kretschmann, Mark Strong, Jesper Christensen, Harriet Walter, Julian Glover

Director: Jean-Marc Vallee

Summary: Eighteen-year-old British royal Victoria (Emily Blunt) ascends to the throne and is romanced by future husband Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) in this lush period film that chronicles the early years of the British monarch's larger-than-life reign.

My Thoughts: "Whether the film is true to Queen Victoria's life is unknown to me. But I did enjoy the story none the less. It's a great romance story. I loved the scenery and the costumes. The acting was quite good by Emily Blunt. She is an actress who will go far because she can play anything. She was strong, vulnerable, feisty, and loving. I like her acting very much. There is a great supporting cast as well. I particularly liked when Prince Albert put Lord Melbourne in his place ever so politely. I found the relationships in this film to be more interesting then the political take it also had. Very well done film I am really starting to like period pieces. Well, when there this well made."
December 18, 2010
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    1. Prince Albert: Good morning, wife.
    2. Queen Victoria: Good morning.
    – Submitted by Ayu F (2 years ago)
    1. Queen Victoria: I don't mind Shubert.
    – Submitted by Harriette M (3 years ago)
    1. Queen Adelaide: You are confusing stubbornness with strength, my dear. And I warn you, the people will not like you for it.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Queen Victoria: Oh, and if you think that I will ever forget that you stood by silent and watched him treat me thus, you are dreaming!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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