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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
EmanuelLevy.Com
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
Variety
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.
| 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.
| Original Score: B
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
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.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
| Original Score: 3.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Jeffrey Huston
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Matt Prigge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Ray Pride
Newcity
January 1, 2000
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