The Other Boleyn Girl


The Other Boleyn Girl

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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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Two ferociously ambitious sisters, Mary and Anne Boleyn, are rivals for the bed and heart of the 16th century English king Henry VIII.

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Eric Bana
as Henry Tudor
Natalie Portman
as Anne Boleyn
Scarlett Johansson
as Mary Boleyn
Jim Sturgess
as George Boleyn
Mark Rylance
as Sir Thomas Boleyn
David Morrissey
as Thomas Howard
Benedict Cumberbatch
as William Carey
Ana Torrent
as Katherine of Aragon
Oliver Coleman
as Henry Percy
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Lady Elizabeth Boleyn
Eddie Redmayne
as William Stafford
Thom Cox
as Rider
Juno Temple
as Jane Parker
Iain Mitchell
as Thomas Cromwell
Michael Smiley
as Physician
Montserrat Roig de Puig
as Lady in Waiting
Andrew Garfield
as Francis Weston
Corinne Galloway
as Jane Seymour
Tiffany Freisberg
as Mary Talbot
Alfie Allen
as King's Messenger
Joseph Moore
as Young Henry
Tiffany Friesberg
as Mary Talbot
Bill Wallis
as Archbishop Cranmer
Brodie Judge
as Young Catherine
Oscar Negus
as Little Henry
Maisie Smith
as Young Elizabeth
Kizzy Fassett
as Young Mary
Finton Reilly
as Young George
Poppy Hurst
as Little Catherine
Constance Stride
as Mary Tudor
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  • Jun 22, 2013
    A powerful dramatic thriller, The Other Boleyn Girl is a brilliant period piece about a fascinating chapter of history that forever altered the course of England. Based on a novel, the story follows the Boleyn sisters (Anne and Mary) who are tasked with winning the favor of King Henry VIII during a time of political turmoil in the English court. Starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Eric Bana, the cast is quite impressive and delivers excellent performances; especially Portman, who has incredible charisma. The writing is also remarkably good, particularly in building tension and intrigue. Additionally, the costumes are exceptionally well-crafted and are given exquisite detail. The musical score is equally as ambitious, and brings a passion and grandeur to the film. The Other Boleyn Girl is extraordinarily captivating and artfully crafted.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2011
    It's a movie with a drama that feels bad as soap opera, although it has some good performances can not be better.
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2011
    natalie portman pefection <3
    Andreia C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2010
    My first viewing of the trailer told me this was going to be pretty to look at, but a failure. The book is better by far. This adaptation fell far short of its lofty goal of making a costume drama seem racy and mainstream. A fine cast, with fine costuming and locations, its actors and actresses can't overcome a lackluster script, and predictable setups. While it points out some interesting historical vignettes of the two girls' lives, I felt nothing but contempt for the entire family by the end. Maybe I would if I really knew what went on then, I don't know. My problems with this film are legion: The lead actresses probably ought to have donned wigs and switched roles. Johansen was boring as the nicer sister and the ambitious Anne (Natalie Portman) couldn't hook a flounder with the lines she was given to recite, and Portman is a good actress. Eric Bana provides the swoon-worthy element for the female audience, but he's simply moved around like a chess piece in this contrived plot. If you want trashy sex in this era, you might as well watch the ridiculous Tudors series instead. As for any kind of understanding of intrigue in the court, it's soap opera style at best. It could have been good, but it wasn't.
    Mark K Super Reviewer

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