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Elizabeth

Elizabeth

1998
Drama
Biography
2h 4m
This historical drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth I, from her days as an innocent young woman through her transformation into England's legendary "Virgin Queen."
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Elizabeth

1998
Drama
Biography
2h 4m
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Avg Percentile 57.55% from 2302 total ratings

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Rated 03 Jul 2016
92
84th
Impeccably made and strongly acted, though it feels short at two hours, rushing from one plot point to the next at breakneck speed rather than developing backgrounds and relationships. Still, if you're into costume porn, you really can't do better.
Rated 17 Jan 2012
78
74th
Medieval period drama filled with garish costumes, political intrigue, religious conflicts, chambermaid seduction, rebellious plotting and head-from-body removal? I can watch that shit all DAY bro. Blanchett and Rush are both great, Fiennes is a punchable douchebag, and Daniel Craig makes for a wonderfully badass looking assassin monk. Still feels short at 2 hours.
Rated 29 Aug 2010
70
80th
the enchanting, exquisite and enigmatic queen, fair and delicate Elizabeth commands: "Play a volta!". Blanchett sets a benchmark for perfection as the good queen bess, while Kapur manages to depict a young girls' transformation to the cold and calculating regent masterfully. This, by all means, should be the equivalent of Godfather for women. Superlative art direction and photography are the crowning jewels of this movie, which succeeds in portraying the era in stunning detail.
Rated 02 Jan 2008
88
86th
An impressive tour de force from Cate Blanchett makes her totally believable as Elizabeth. This production shown the perilous balance of power at the time dominated by religion, political power and self serving nobility. Staying close to historic fact and spectaculaly filmed with sumptuous costumes and score this is a film not to be missed
Rated 03 Oct 2011
90
83rd
This film deserves all the praise it gets. Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush are especially great, and the costuming is phenomenal - Elizabeth turning into the "Virgin Queen" is one of the best and most powerful examples of costuming affecting the viewer.
Rated 20 Dec 2013
82
59th
No mere historical drama, Elizabeth is a rich, suspenseful journey into the heart of British Royal politics, and features a typically outstanding performance from Cate Blanchett.
Rated 31 Dec 2011
70
79th
A great look and feel of the period but don't be mistaken it is no stuffy period piece. It has plenty of action and intrigue. Blanchett and cast all do well.
Rated 15 Sep 2012
7
3rd
A Jud Süss aimed at Catholics.
Rated 19 Aug 2010
60
35th
Period piece porn
Rated 10 Sep 2008
79
70th
On paper this is a royalty costume drama, but don't tell Shekhar Kapur. This is the most Dude period piece ever filmed - with plenty of blood & gore and T & A. With that ingenius perspective, and some religious and sexist subtexts to boot, it's a fascinating entertainment.
Rated 16 May 2010
81
68th
Film un peu lent et cérémonieux, mais magnifique visuellement : décors, costumes, construction des plans, effets de caméra, tout est sublime ! Très bon acteurs qui évoluent dans cet imbroglio politique haut en couleurs.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
69th
The film is not so good, but the incandescant performance from Cate Blanchett is more than worth the rating.
Rated 14 Dec 2009
92
72nd
Cate Blancett is a genious. I loved how they speculated to fill in the lines for history. Very well done.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
70th
A fitting tribute to one of the greatest monarchs to ever have lived. Blanchett is awesome.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
93rd
It's a compelling story that will keep you interested despite Elizabeth's well-known and oft told history.
Rated 23 Aug 2015
80
81st
Good!
Rated 17 Aug 2018
70
58th
Beautiful but clunky. Blanchett is obviously excellent.
Rated 29 Dec 2009
15
7th
Boring as shit.
Rated 17 Jan 2023
67
82nd
Elizabeth I is famous for being the "virgin queen" so what do they do in the first 10 minutes? Give her a romance. Ugh, fine. Creative interpretation, and the "we don't know what really happened back then" fine. Though it's not that bad in how it's executed. The film itself is quite good. I liked the political manouverings, and the rise of Elizabeth herself. There's some sparks of genius in some of those scenes, and the backdrop of the medieval world feels authentic in how people acted.
Rated 16 Mar 2008
79
82nd
I saw his flick in summer 1999 and I liked the irregular screen; the director breaks it with different objects, veils and smokes. Cate was very good choise for the queen.
Rated 02 Jul 2009
92
37th
Dull.
Rated 07 Jun 2009
55
28th
Better than I'd expected it to be. Thought it would be a boring number of facts and a huge story, but it's a good mixture of a good story and tension. Could be better and with more action, but good enough. Great performance of Geoffrey Rush!
Rated 29 Feb 2012
80
74th
seems bigger and more grand than the sequel. it's a pretty entertaining movie with some great costumes, but there's not too much in here for someone not into historical dramas.
Rated 06 Mar 2008
80
60th
Cate Blanchett is brilliant as Queen Elizabeth, and overall this is a great movie. There are some dull, slow spots in the movie, but even with those considered the majority of it is very interesting and certainly worthwhile if not just for Blancett's performance alone. Elizabeth is an extremely interest character to analyze and there really aren't many movies that do it better than this.
Rated 10 Aug 2012
45
27th
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Rated 10 May 2008
78
34th
not bad, with opulent costumes
Rated 06 Feb 2021
96
81st
Aristocratic yet not pompous. It's a wonderful work of art in historical dramatization as well as in other colorful aspects of costume design, cinematography and the thrill of knowing what's next to come. Superb indeed! MY SCORING: 99-96=Great; 95-90=Very good; 89-85=Good; 84-80=So-so; 79-70=Boring; Below 70=Forget it
Rated 26 Oct 2007
59
48th
Well-cast period piece. A little dry.
Rated 15 May 2012
83
71st
Cate Blanchett is pale dopeness
Rated 22 Jan 2013
5
98th
Stunning cloak-and-dagger 'em up; there's a little romance and a Fuck-ton of awesome from Blanchett.
Rated 24 Apr 2009
89
67th
Terrific historical drama with a tremendous performance by Cate Blanchett.
Rated 10 Apr 2009
100
96th
An Oscar role. At least it should be. Shame on you Hollywood.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
73rd
So interesting.
Rated 29 Nov 2016
77
71st
Really surprisingly good, though Joe Fiennes was the weak spot.
Rated 24 Aug 2008
38
29th
Its content is on the same level as those '30's MGM historical costume dramas, except with greater artistic pretensions--and I do mean pretensions.
Rated 20 Apr 2009
75
77th
Gah, I'm completely in love with the Elizabethan Age, so really, I would be a little more than biased if I said that this movie was really very good.
Rated 02 Sep 2007
81
81st
Very Good
Rated 10 Apr 2016
80
61st
Blanchett is flawless; the film covers a very interesting period in English history. I didn't get enough of her relationships and there was a lack of other likeable characters.
Rated 21 Feb 2012
70
43rd
Blanchett and Joseph Fiennes - an inadmissible contrast of skills. Nice costumes and convincing scenography.
Rated 24 Dec 2007
100
87th
Excellent!!!
Rated 23 Sep 2008
87
90th
A really great performance by Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth.
Rated 12 Jul 2010
51
18th
Supremely overrated. Its problems mostly stem from its middling script, although Blanchett does as well as she can with the role.
Rated 24 Feb 2015
36
27th
Badly directed, boring scene after boring scene, long-winded dialogue with no focus or meaning. Bad cast with a few exceptions. Not worth watching, waste of time.
Rated 26 Oct 2010
96
83rd
Cate worship!
Rated 16 Nov 2007
45
44th
somewhat plodding, weirdly shot film. good performances, though.
Rated 28 May 2007
50
15th
Incoherent and shallow.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
72
71st
A well acted and well put together period piece. Such a shame it was followed up by a dreadful sequel.
Rated 31 Mar 2008
60
58th
Pretty solidly spiced with killings throughout, but very confusing, sometimes a little slow, & a few annoying artsy shots. The girl is cute in gorgeous costumes, the romance is endurable, & she shows considerable remorse about the killings. Basic mob movie with costumes.
Rated 04 Jul 2010
41
27th
All the points for acting and costumes, because the plot is simply unpleasant. Murders, tortures, treasons and counter-treasons. Basically, this film is two hours of dark ages. I couldn't identify with anything in the movie, and I still have the problem understanding why was she called 'the virgin queen'.
Rated 02 Sep 2009
82
83rd
Cate Blanchett is great. The costumes were amazing
Rated 26 Oct 2007
82
79th
This was a great movie with wonderful actors. I love the story of Elizabeth and the movie pulled it off well.
Rated 19 Feb 2007
75
89th
Very good.
Rated 09 Sep 2022
71
72nd
A larger than life film for a larger than life figure; Blanchett's exquisitely layered performance is nigh flawless.
Rated 08 Nov 2014
50
8th
A large part of the film felt ridiculous and i don't really know if the screenplay or the director are to blame. Probably both, but it was worth watching just to see how Cate Blanchett enact the transformation of the queen from an ingenue into ruthless ruler
Rated 09 Mar 2007
90
92nd
Perhaps a bit historically murky, but Cate Blanchett is perhaps the best Elizabeth ever cast. The costuming and art direction are a feast for the eyes too.
Rated 08 Jan 2012
60
42nd
6- pretty good
Rated 16 Mar 2010
77
31st
Nice costumes, cinematography and a fantastic performance by Blanchett. The rest of the film was simply "meh"
Rated 12 Dec 2014
73
55th
I didn't know much about Elizabeth, and this movie filled me in with interesting background stories how she became Virgin Queen. The costumes were amazing to look at. It showed her struggles being the queen, but I wish I could see more of how she influenced the world. It must be very hard to rule the country and lead men at that time... She's a strong woman.
Rated 28 Sep 2008
70
75th
Wonderful except Fiennes.
Rated 25 Jan 2009
64
20th
Luxurious use of colour. Fine performance from CB. Couldn't take my eyes off Geoffrey Rush. Not half as good as I remembered it being. Ridiculous skewing of history; it's not as if the reality was dull.

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