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Mary Queen of Scots Reviews

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December 11, 2018
A historical melodrama that lacks emotion, despite the fantastic performances of both lead actresses. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 15, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots will pull you into the muck if you so choose.
December 14, 2018
The film serves more like a powerful vehicle to show off Ronan's dramatic talent and Robbie's new-found range than to enlighten anyone about what actually happened to Mary and her relationship with Elizabeth.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 24, 2018
There's nothing really tying any of the political turmoil together besides the history itself, presenting sequences strung together without any hint of a story.
December 5, 2018
Ronan is excellent and the costumes are lovely, but that's just not enough. You find yourself wanting a whole lot more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 14, 2018
The story is disjointed, but from what I gathered, the life of a Queen, just plain sucks... except maybe for the wig selection.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 11, 2018
Because of how heavy they were laying on the agenda, it made me stop to question, alright, how much of this is accurate.
December 19, 2018
If God can save the Queen, perhaps he can help out Mary Queen of Scots, too
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 14, 2018
Despite an engaging performance from Saoirse Ronan ... first-time director Josie Rourke cannot overcome the dramatic inertia of the increasingly lifeless script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 14, 2019
The paint-by-numbers contemporary empowerment veers at times into distraction, when facts slip away in favour of feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 12, 2018
In Mary Queen of Scots, we don't see a reckoning with the future of a country united across the Scottish-English border. We see queens cry and fret about their hair.
December 13, 2018
The Scottish and English scenery is gorgeous, but one still wonders why bother with action scenes that beget no action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 7, 2018
But I wish the cast, costume director, and hair and makeup team had a better story to work with.
December 6, 2018
Despite attempts at freshening up the material, it comes off stale, another plodding historical drama that is far too familiar to be truly exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 27, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots is a film that will always gild the lily, which proves fatal since it's seemingly set in a garden of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 7, 2018
It's a royal chore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 20, 2018
But apart from title cards that bookend the film, every plot advancement feels rushed-through, truncated or undeveloped.
December 13, 2018
Ronan deserves better. And so do we.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 5, 2018
The film, for all its prestige and edginess, its lofty goals and contemporary messages, is not a particularly engrossing experience.
December 14, 2018
If it's not quite a success, at least it's an ambitious failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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