The White Queen: Season 1 Reviews

October 10, 2018
It's pretty and toothless, far lighter than its source material, and nothing like as thrilling as it should, or could, be.
November 7, 2017
As a love story set in an impossibly chivalrous past, this was deliciously enjoyable. The conflict between the houses of Lancaster and York ceased to matter -- the crucial conflict was between Innocence and Experience.
July 29, 2015
If you can brush aside concerns about historical accuracy (including a 15th century that seems a lot cleaner than you'd expect), 'The White Queen' is a rewarding experience.
February 21, 2014
The White Queen is tremendously entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 6, 2014
Years slip by in a moment, dismissed with clunky exposition, the rooms with their hangings become interchangeable and claustrophobic, and though some windows shine brightly, it becomes increasingly difficult to see the kingdom for the queens.
January 6, 2014
Like a Masterpiece Classic on steroids, Starz's 10-part historical potboiler The White Queen is ripe with juicy intrigue of the royal and romantic variety, ripping bodices with pay-cable aplomb.
September 3, 2013
You could do worse than The White Queen.
September 3, 2013
If it had less magic, the miniseries might really have cast a spell.
August 14, 2013
[Max] Irons, ... along with the rest of the cast, makes The White Queen an entertaining romp through a complicated and fascinating period of English history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2013
The miniseries presents a sprawling 10-hour epic that, if nothing else, commits fully to its scope, employing half the working actors in the UK and surrounding countries in service of its storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 12, 2013
The White Queen is gauzier than The Tudors, and it contains more overacting; but it scratches the same itch.
August 8, 2013
Part soap opera, part war film, and part melodrama, this series is an intoxicating jaunt through a snippet of British history fraught with contentious loyalties and lethal power struggles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 8, 2013
It's a great tale and beautifully told with beautiful actors...Don't miss it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 8, 2013
Its success is due largely to the costumes, set dressing, and comeliness of the two leads.
August 5, 2013
White Queen is one of the more handsome and polished imports the premium service [Starz] has offered.
August 5, 2013
It's the kind of lavish, sexy period piece you'd expect from a 10-part series based on historical novels by Philippa Gregory.
August 4, 2013
It gets bogged down in then-this-happened, then-that-happened jumps through history.
August 3, 2013
It's... a well-plotted, accurate-enough romantic saga that finds a sweet spot somewhere between Richard III and The Real Housewives of Eltham Palace.
June 23, 2013
Emma Frost's propulsive potboiler of an adaptation is even more delectably unreliable than Philippa Gregory's novel.
June 17, 2013
Mmmm, steamy.