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The Young Victoria Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 15, 2010
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.
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January 8, 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.
December 28, 2009
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 25, 2009
It's a muddled but plush experience overall, and if you're a royalist completist or a historical romantic, you'll probably have a decent time. As much as Blunt may have wanted the role, though, I'm not sure it suits her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 24, 2009
An intimate, small-scale story of a young woman's struggle to be independent of her scheming relations and to find equality in a very unequal marriage.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 23, 2009
You don't have to be a royalist to be moved by beautifully staged coronation and wedding moments, and composer Ilan Eshkeri scores such scenes with music so thrilling you'll feel you've got a front-row seat to the real thing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2009
I didn't quite believe that this tiny girl could become the most powerful woman in the history of the world, but at the time perhaps no one believed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2009
Emily Blunt is utterly charming in this dramatization of the young Victoria's ascension to the throne and her courtship with Prince Albert.
December 22, 2009
What emerges is a genuinely affecting love story, although it takes patience to negotiate the early intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2009
A biography that is quite enjoyable to watch, and a bit too easy to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 21, 2009
Watching the slow, cautious courtship between Victoria and Albert is so pleasurable, so surprisingly not-boring, that it doesn't matter how much of the ending we already know.
December 18, 2009
Exquisitely produced but dramatically erratic.
December 18, 2009
If The Young Victoria never transcends its fussy trappings -- it's still a familiar costume drama -- it remains brisk and intelligent.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 18, 2009
Blunt and Friend strike a few flinty sparks, and Julian Fellowes's script has its share of dry-as-dust witticisms. Most of the time, though, it's a stiff pageant.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 18, 2009
Frivolously entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 18, 2009
The Young Victoria is good, old-fashioned period drama _ not terribly lively, not terribly insightful, but rich in pageantry and fine moments of drama, the whole show hinging on a beguiling performance from Blunt.
December 18, 2009
The Young Victoria may impart copious amounts of detail about its fascinating protagonists, but it's not a mere tutorial: It's a heady, thoroughly transporting plunge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2009
If you like this sort of movie -- and actually, cards on the table, I like this kind of movie -- you will not be sorry you saw it. But you will not come away from the experience feeling that you've seen Victoria, young or otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2009
What filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée has done in this delicious historical romance is capture that hot blush of pure emotion that comes before kisses, sex, heartbreak and the rest can dilute it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 17, 2009
Blunt, her eyes sparking, her manner playful, smart, and proud, shines in the title role. If the film itself isn't brilliant, its star most definitely is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2009
Director Jean-Marc Vallée bathes the frames in the details of its luxurious surroundings, and the screenplay, by Gosford Park writer Julian Fellowes, does a passable job of laying out all the factions jockeying for power around Blunt's Victoria.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 16, 2009
The Young Victoria feels like a wasted opportunity and is among the least impressive in a long line of motion pictures about British royalty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2009
Vallée and his lead get high marks for kittenish revisionism. In all other respects, however, this movie is indistinguishable from every other throne-and-scepter biopic to hit the screen.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 16, 2009
This is a lavish and lovingly detailed period piece that attempts to re-create England's last golden age, but the enchanting Ms. Blunt is the whole movie, and it wouldn't register even a small bleep on the Richter scale without her.
December 15, 2009
Man, British heritage cinema can be dull when assembly-lined for the export market.
December 14, 2009
Blunt strikes me as the real deal: languid but biting, like Jeanne Moreau, yet able to command a scene while somehow appearing to shift to one side (as Moreau would never do) and observe with a skeptic's smile.
December 9, 2009
Director Jean-Marc Vallée's images have a creamy stateliness, but this is no gilded 
 princess fantasy -- it's the story of a budding ruler who learns to control her surroundings, and Blunt makes that journey at once authentic and relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 6, 2009
Dignified and charismatic, Blunt gives great lip-wobble, and Friend pulls off the role of sidekick, but historical twiddling can't render Victoria's love life interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
February 6, 2009
Well-groomed, upscale, three-hankie entertainment for the Masterpiece Theater crowd.