The Young Victoria 2009

The Young Victoria

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Emily Blunt shines as Victoria in this romantic but plodding royal portrait.

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As the only legitimate heir of England's King William, teenage Victoria (Emily Blunt) gets caught up in the political machinations of her own family. Victoria's mother (Miranda Richardson) wants her to sign a regency order, while her Belgian uncle schemes to arrange a marriage between the future monarch and Prince Albert (Rupert Friend), the man who will become the love of her life.

Cast & Crew

Emily Blunt
Queen Victoria
Rupert Friend
Prince Albert
Paul Bettany
Lord Melbourne
Miranda Richardson
Duchess of Kent
Jim Broadbent
King William
Jesper Christensen
Baron Stockmar
Mark Strong
Sir John Conroy
Jeanette Hain
Baroness Lehzen
Julian Glover
Duke of Wellington
Jean-Marc Vallée
Director
Julian Fellowes
Screenwriter
Colin Vaines
Executive Producer
Ilan Eshkeri
Original Music
Hagen Bogdanski
Cinematographer
Jill Bilcock
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Critic Reviews for The Young Victoria

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (119) | Rotten (37)

  • The acting is fine, and while the plot is somewhat stale and very slow in taking shape, it is never boring. Those who like opulent movies in dress and scenery will love this movie. Regrettably, they will also soon forget it after they leave.

    January 16, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 1/5
  • This Victoria is not particularly Victorian, but then she is young; and everyone wants a piece of her, politically speaking. Emily Blunt is lovely and strong-minded as the Young Vic.

    January 15, 2010
  • This may be the perfect shared entertainment for daughters just growing out of their princess phase and mothers with their own challenges balancing love and work.

    January 8, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The way this story is told is just basically by people reading letters in voiceover while you look at beautiful furniture.

    December 28, 2009
  • I wonder: Was the director of The Young Victoria wearing a corset right alongside Emily Blunt? This is one tightly constricted period drama.

    December 28, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Young Victoria

  • Apr 18, 2016
    It seems this is a fairly faithful representation of Queen Victoria's early years as a queen plus the movie is interesting enough to keep the viewer interested. If you like historical dramas, watch it.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    A year before "God Save the Queen" resonates through her coronation, Victoria(Emily Blunt) was living the insulated life of a 17-year old princess in Kensington because if something happened to her as the heir to the kingdom, things would get really interesting. As it is, she refuses to sign a regency order which would allow Sir John Conroy(Mark Strong) to rule through her mother, the Duchess of Kent(Miranda Richardson), who would rule through her. Victoria goes one step further in going against their advice by attending the birthday celebration of King William(Jim Broadbent), her uncle, who forcefully validates her claim to the throne. Another uncle, King Leopold of Belgium(Thomas Kretschmann), puts Prince Albert(Rupert Friend) into play. "The Young Victoria" is a lavishly produced period piece with a great cast that engages well enough in the first half in depicting all of the various power plays, allowing for Victoria to emerge as a strong woman without being anachronistic. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the second half, as the movie drags in desperate search of an ending. Myself, I would have ended at either the coronation or the wedding, both of which get too little attention here. There is also little focus on a potentially fascinating mother/daughter relationship that gets upended when suddenly Victoria ascends to the throne, in favor of the movie in its own simplistic way needing to have its villains. Admittedly, I am no different but then I had the wrong Leopold.
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  • Mar 20, 2011
    This is a typical movie about British royalty. It was good, but it didn't do anything unique or different that grabbed me.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2010
    <i>"I am young, but I am willing to learn, and I mean to devote my life to the service of my country and my people. I look for your help in this. I know I shall not be disappointed. Thank you."</i><p> This is the story of Queen Victoria as a youth, and how she became one of the most famous monarchs in history. <i>The Young Victoria</i>, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, stars a very beautiful Emily Blunt as Victoria, and with a screenplay by Julian Fellowes, the film is a sophisticated history piece. <u>SUMMARY:</u><p> Victoria (Emily Blunt) has been protected from birth from the outside world by her mother the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson) and by her mother's advisor Sir John Conroy (Mark Strong). But it's the politics of Europe that envelop the future Queen as the German side of her family vie for influence over her, as they try to set up a marriage with Prince Albert (Rupert Friend). King William (Jim Broadbent), her uncle, dies and leaves the throne to Victoria. But her relationship with Prime Minister Lord Melbourne (Paul Bettany) soon leads to internal political problems. <u>REVIEW:</u><p> The historical events of Victoria are wonderfully scripted by Julian Fellowes - the film feels absolutely convincing. The creation of Victoria is terrific, and she's a character with charm. At times, we do feel sympothy for her. She's respectable as well, with the responsible decisions she makes once she learns how to rule - there is character development with Victoria. I found the love story between her and Prince Albert to be most <b>romantic</b>, and even very touching. John Conroy is quite the villain, and the way the events play out in the film is well written - the script is paced perfectly. The dialogue is sophisticated and keeps the film convincing as ever. You can tell that there has been a lot of work put into the development of the screenplay - it's quite detailed. At times, the political side of things is very hard to follow, as there's a lot of back-stabbing and complicated plans. Despite this, the story of Queen Victoria is told with skill and even a bit of love. Emily Blunt... is... <b>AMAZING</b>. She truly is. Never have I witnessed such a beautiful performance, especially from an actress of her age. She is one of the best young screen actresses, and her potrayal of Victoria is amazingly believable. Rupert Friend is also impressive as Albert, and he does share a certain amount of chemistry with Blunt. Miranda Richardson brought class to the role of the Duchess of Kent, and Mark Strong, again, plays the bad guy we love to hate, and as always, does it well. Jim Broadbent's brief appearance as the King was very enjoyable, and I quite liked Paul Bettany as Lord Melbourne. Visually speaking, <i>The Young Victoria</i> is almost perfect. Everything seen on-screen is just magical, particularly the detailed and elegant costumes. Fashion Fans will adore all of the Queen's gowns. They all look grand. The sets all have a classy look, and have been designed beautifully. Along with the sets, the shooting locations are all superb, and look breathtaking. But none of these qualities could have shined as bright as they did with out the help of cinematographer Hagen Bogdanski, who photographs everything with skill. Edited by Jill Bilcock and Matt Garner, the film features a lavish score by Ilan Eshkeri, which contrasts very well with the look of the film. The film moves along at a cracking pace, and all the props look so detailed - a lot of work has gone into the creation of this story. <i>The Young Victoria</i> is a work of art. I'm not familiar with the story of Queen Victoria, so I've no idea if everything shown here is true - but I don't care! This is a beautifully crafted drama, and one of the most touching love stories ever. Emily Blunt is the main highlight of the film, along with the elegant costumes and detailed sets. Highly Recommended. <div style="width:600px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/emily-blunt-the-young-victoria-emily-blunt-12552034"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/55/20/12552034_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;">
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