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May 7, 2015
Shekhar Kapur gets particularly good work out of Blanchett, who invests Elizabeth with a disparate mix of naive vulnerability, tart wit and steadfast resolve, sometimes all within a single scene.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Without [Blanchett], Kapur's extravagant history lesson (written by Michael Hirst) blurs into dark doings among men in tights.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
January 11, 2011
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
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Rooney
July 31, 2008
"Elizabeth" is superior historical soap opera that shrewdly sidesteps all the cliches of British costume drama with its bold, often modern approach.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 12, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 83/100
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Kapur cunningly confuses gender roles, equates sex with death, and rattles through dark, stony passions with some considerable panache.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
More often than not, it's a watchable and thought-provoking history lesson rather than the captivating, revealing, intimate portrait it wants to be.
Read More | Original Score: B
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Drama of the ascendancy of England's most powerful queen brims with great acting, brilliant direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Historians will take issue with some of the filmmakers' choices, but fans of juicy historical drama will just hunker down for the feast.
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Blanchett is the shining jewel in an otherwise dull and tarnished crown.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
É como um livro de História - mas sem a didática que tornou admiráveis outros exemplares afins produzidos pelo Cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Blanchett never curtsies to caricature. Her interpretation is complex, restrained, warmly sensual.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
A well-done drama about power politics and the cult of personality.
October 24, 2001
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.
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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
April 20, 2001
Junkyard filth masquerading as an important history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Carlo Cavagna
January 1, 2000
A decent period suspense thriller and an inaccurate history lesson that could have been a masterpiece
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
As Elizabeth, Cate Blanchett has a fierceness about her, an intensity that won't quit.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
A powerful, arty production, with a strong cast (with a couple of exceptions), perfoming well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
This is Blanchett at her best, responding to Kapur's lucid and firm direction, as he raises the film well above standard 'costumer' levels to an intricate, intelligent human and historical drama.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The film cries out for a one-word review: Confusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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