(1998)

Critic Reviews

75

Metascore

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80
Village Voice
Elizabeth's most triumphant aspect is Blanchett's transformation from saucy, spirited toe-tapper to iconic Virgin Queen.
80
Slate
The movie's approach makes for juicy melodrama.
80
This Elizabeth is presented as a glamorously stressed-out modern woman who must cope with a super-intense case of having it all.
80
L.A. Weekly
Bollywood meets The Godfather.
80
Time
This darkly sumptuous, hypnotically complex movie ought to have many constituencies.
78
Despite the florid trailers' emphasis on bodice-ripping romantic imagery, Elizabeth is above all a political thriller.
75
Elizabeth works in a number of ways. It's a feminist film. It's also a kind of spy thriller and a superior historical drama.
75
Christian Science Monitor
Acted and directed with great energy and imagination.
75
San Francisco Examiner
History rendered with enough brains and imagination to more than make up for its few stumbles.
50
USA Today
A notably undynamic treatment of Protestant Elizabeth I's ascension to the British throne.

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