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The Other Boleyn Girl Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2008
Why in the name of ermine boleros would anyone make such a dull, coy and, worst of all, pretty film about Anne Boleyn?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
March 3, 2008
I think the performances are really good.
February 29, 2008
[An] oversimplified, overheated mediocre melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 29, 2008
[A] vulgarized portrayal of the Tudor court.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 29, 2008
After covering much of its ground at a stylish canter, The Other Boleyn Girl finishes at a plod.
February 29, 2008
The Other Boleyn Girl is an agreeable piece of filmmaking, carefully and sometimes artfully balancing solemnity with fluff.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 29, 2008
Chadwick and Morgan have cooked up a potboiler, the sort of thing that might have been fun to watch with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as the Boleyn sisters, while Charles Laughton lasciviously eyed the backs of their necks as Henry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 29, 2008
However embarrassed you might feel in the morning, this in an enjoyable movie with an entertaining angle on a hard-to-resist period of history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 29, 2008
A genteel soap opera in which the sex and intrigue are so muted, so tasteful, that they practically blow off the screen in a scattering of dust.
February 29, 2008
An entertainingly sudsy trip through early 16th century English history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 29, 2008
Unsexy and not particularly good-looking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 29, 2008
If Russ Meyer had made The Other Boleyn Girl, Anne and Mary Boleyn would have yanked some hair, scratched some eyeballs, walloped each other in their respective kissers, and the movie would have been all the better for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 29, 2008
As the girls' mother, Kristin Scott Thomas is basically reduced to shaking her head, sighing and wondering how things turned out so badly. Indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 29, 2008
More slog than romp, The Other Boleyn Girl tells the salacious story of two hot blue bloods who ran amok and partly unclothed in the court of Henry VIII.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 29, 2008
OK as far as it goes, which is not far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 29, 2008
The film's seduction is all too obvious to ravish anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 29, 2008
What might have been delicious trash lacks the courage of its trashy convictions, and the result is high-born melodrama with the juice boiled out, so much dry cabbage on fine-china plate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 29, 2008
Wow! Hot dueling sisters. Beheadings. Untold wealth and power. Lush costumes. Decisions that change the course of history. And, again -- hot dueling sisters! So how come The Other Boleyn Girl is such a snooze?
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 29, 2008
Neither Johansson nor Portman convince.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 29, 2008
Ms. Johansson fills the screen in her usually quiet but piercing manner.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 29, 2008
A richly appointed period piece, it features kingly tantrums, mistresses, bodices, roaring fireplaces, incest, and mutton. It also features sharply enunciated, period-perfect dialogue in which nary a contraction can be heard.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 29, 2008
Despite a certain amount of moral outrage and good performances from the lead actresses, it's neither sexy enough to qualify as good trash nor serious enough to pass for history.
February 29, 2008
The Other Boleyn Girl is the kind of potted historical drama that's not good enough to take seriously and, sadly, not bad enough to be any fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 28, 2008
The Other Boleyn Girl is a fitting prequel to the Elizabeth movies: It's pretty, passionate, and full of historical poppycock.
Read More | Original Score: B-
February 28, 2008
Feminist subtext aside, the movie is primarily an excuse for ogling some blue-chip actor-flesh.
February 28, 2008
The film moves in frustrating herks and jerks. What works is the combustible teaming of Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, who give the Boleyn hotties a tough core of intelligence and wit.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 28, 2008
Given the zing and zip of [screenwriter] Morgan's prior work, it's fair to guess that the film's want of rhythm and sweep is due to Justin Chadwick's pedestrian direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 28, 2008
Beneath the thundering horse hoofs and happy wedding fiddles is a viper's nest of sexual intrigue that would be at home on Desperate Housewives.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 28, 2008
Sticklers for historical accuracy are forewarned: This glossy production plays fast and loose with the facts, abbreviating, altering and excising entire character arcs and plot lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 28, 2008
A classy romantic cocktail distinguished by its tart yet breezy bite.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 28, 2008
Even by its own standards, the movie becomes increasingly macabre and ludicrous as Anne's machinations get the better of her, and everyone, including the audience, is left feeling shattered, shaken and vaguely unclean for having participated in all this.
February 28, 2008
The filmmakers deserve credit for being serious-minded, but they might have hinted at the top of the film that all would not be well in the end.
February 28, 2008
It probably shouldn't be the way in which high-school kids learn about Henry VIII and his court, but it's a fun movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 27, 2008
Your eyes will probably roll before anyone's head does.
February 27, 2008
Whatever its virtues, this is entirely too much melodrama to cram into a feature film. Characters are lost, too much happens off camera, and the whole compacted thing feels like Reader's Digest history.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2008
A sexy Tudor soap opera about the beautiful, sensual and tragic second wife of Henry VIII.
February 25, 2008
And what of these young American actresses' putting on British accents to vie for the king? They seem, at first, like coeds in a college production of The Importance of Being Earnest, but once the dislocation fades, their commitment wins you over.
February 19, 2008
Shot in high definition and filmed at many historic locations, the film somehow still lacks the splendor of an epic.
February 19, 2008
A sexy, good-looking political bodice-ripper with an almost flawless cast at the top of its game.