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Young Bess Reviews

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Super Reviewer
November 9, 2014
The film contains just enough actual history to maintain a patina of truth but it's really more a star vehicle for Jean Simmons, she's very good, and on that level it's very successful. Laughton gets to chew the high grade ham repeating his Oscar winning role of Henry the VIII.
September 14, 2012
Amazing performance by Jean Simmons!
March 12, 2012
Court intrigue and wonderful costumes can't save this well intended film from melodramatic tedium. Jean Simmons gives a ridiculous performance as Queen Elizabeth I.
March 9, 2012
Young Bess is an exceptional film. It is about the life of Queen Elizabeth I before she becomes queen of England. Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger give incredible performances. The screenplay is well written. George Sidney did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this movie because of the drama. Young Bess is a must see.
Super Reviewer
August 21, 2011
Costumes aplenty here in fine colorful splendour as intrigue stalks the courts of England. The question as always: who's calling the shots here? Simmons and Kerr are ever photogenic and Granger can wear a costume with the best of them. The outcome, though Hollywood-ised, is history, while the film itself is only mildly amusing.
June 28, 2011
Much of it is historically inaccurate, but the performances are engaging. A superb example of old-style Hollywood storytelling.
October 21, 2010
Not a extraordinary film, but much better than historical movies of those years... Jean Simmons gives a great performance, but Stewart Granger is not exactly the kind of actor needed for his role... The best performance though comes from the young Rex Thompson (only 9 y/o then) as Prince Edward. Pity Deborah Kerr and Charles Laughton are almost not seen.
½ September 30, 2009
This is one of my favorite older movies! A fictional version of Queen Elizabeth's early years. A must see if you like classics.
November 4, 2008
good but not too historically accurate
August 12, 2008
A highly believable drama, Young Bess is one of my favourite Tudor films and is in the classic golden-age style of Anne of the Thousand Days.
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