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The Other Boleyn Girl

2008
Romance
Drama
1h 55m
A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII. (imdb)
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The Other Boleyn Girl

2008
Romance
Drama
1h 55m
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Rated 14 Aug 2009
45
29th
Thank God I read that book first. (I'm missing The Tudors right now)
Rated 20 Jul 2019
72
31st
What hurt the film most was it took to long to really began to show the layers of emotional torture that was being inflicted. Three quarters of the movie feels like an intro to a high value adult film and the third act is all about emotional and physical abuse and the downfall of a royal. It all just starts happening to quickly and is a sudden and drastic switch in tone for the final twenty minutes of the film.
Rated 06 Dec 2011
40
31st
The Other Boleyn Girl is a film that failed to touch my heart, make me care, or even force me to pay much attention to what was going on. The plot is incredibly simple and ends up not factoring in all that much, the characters become insufferable, and everything goes on for way too long. Save yourself the trouble and just read up about the Boleyn family online.
Rated 30 Nov 2009
65
48th
Goodish & interesting, but with a number of flaws; (i) Eric the Banana just doesn't have the charisma or screen presence for this role (contrast with Robert Shaw's Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons) (ii) The script was almost 99% committed to plot development which leaves little room for character development (iii) The voyeuristic cinematography was interesting to start with but there is only so much you can do with this before it gets tedious. Natalie and Scarlett are gorgeous though!
Rated 20 Nov 2009
1
17th
I get the feeling the screenwriters read a two-paragraph biography of Anne Boleyn and then tried to make a two hour film out of it. The many betrayals and seductions are all ticked off rather listlessly and even the schism with the Catholic Church (which apparently happened because Henry VIII was a horny dude) doesn't feel like a major event. It doesn't even work on a soap opera level: there is no passion and, for all the sexual content, no eroticism but only swelling violins and soft focus.
Rated 25 May 2009
31
11th
It shoves needlessly complicated castle intrigue to the forefront in place of thoughtful plotting and intricate characterization. It is marked by static visuals for sustained views of the efforts of costume designers and art directors. And actors emote wildly, flinging words aimlessly. Simply, it entirely forgoes imagination and probing details in favor of rigidly adhering to the mistaken notion that simply being a costume drama is enough to elevate it to the realm of serious cinema.
Rated 02 Jun 2008
63
35th
I don't see why anyone would watch this except for the two pretty sweethearts who desperately try to achieve the impossibly unmanageable (!) English accent and sometimes almost nearly accomplished... and a postscript: I hate monarchy.
Rated 29 Sep 2011
40
8th
An astoundingly stupid piece of costume drama cheesecake.
Rated 26 May 2012
55
5th
I don't know why I keep giving period dramas chance after chance. They almost never keep up with my expectations. Sigh!
Rated 06 Sep 2008
50
18th
While I certainly enjoy seeing Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson in corsets, I wasn't too in-tune with the 17th Century Jerry Springer show put on throughout this film.
Rated 07 Jun 2009
50
20th
Am I supposed to care about anyone in this film other than Mary? Film didn't have anything going for it, the beautiful Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman were just that..
Rated 30 Nov 2012
60
44th
For a movie whose story hinges almost entirely on sex, The Other Boleyn Girl is disappointingly demure.
Rated 25 Nov 2017
45
10th
Costumed and silly. The cast is gorgeous but the plot is so rushed that it comes off as laughably melodramatic.
Rated 01 Jun 2013
2
46th
Soapy costume drama with too-modern dialogue, a mis-cast Bana and horrible use of filters.
Rated 12 Feb 2017
48
26th
Im pretty bloody sure none of them looked like that
Rated 20 May 2009
36
9th
Medieval soap opera, poorly directed.
Rated 03 Aug 2008
50
9th
The only thing historical about this was the costumes. Otherwise the language and sensibilities were very much modern day. Watched about 1/2 of it and gave up.
Rated 10 Jul 2009
56
17th
Star-smitten sisters, sweet Mary & scheming Anne seduce sex-sucker Henry in a soapishly simplified, sometimes sympathetic, salaciously sordid, staggeringly stupid, & somewhat sexy silver screen story sold as "sumptuous" & "sensual".
Rated 08 Mar 2008
40
13th
The book is one of my favourites, so this film completely disappointed me. It couldn't decide whether it'd stick with the story in the book or with the true history, so it just made up its own nonsensical history. I just hope people don't think this is what truly happened.
Rated 06 Mar 2008
81
37th
A total chick flick, but not in a bad way. Decent direction and cinematography (especially in the first half of the film) and good performances by Portman and Johansson. Bana was okay I guess, but his character was sort of bland. Decent film.
Rated 17 Mar 2014
75
39th
I think this is a pretty decent movie. The pacing is good, and good acting. However, I felt it was missing some "oomph'. There is no wow factor. It was not thought-provoking. It did not make me cry. It did not make me scream. So... overall, it was lacking an emotion factor for me. Solid movie but could be improved.
Rated 24 Jun 2008
100
50th
A great cherry on top after Blanchett's Elibeth 1 and 2. Portman and Johanson are truly capable of displaying a complex array of feelings and emotions as if painting each character's traits to the viewer.
Rated 13 Jul 2009
37
31st
Drags
Rated 11 Jun 2008
24
18th
I haven't seen much of The Tudors, but this version did not give me much. I choose it because of Scarlett Johansson, but even her part was disappointment. She was better with a pearl earring. I liked in this piece the trunken screen they use time after time; there was different objects or black bars limiting the vision. So called peeping tom vison; somebody is watching.
Rated 07 Mar 2008
65
40th
A disappointing adaptation. Even for a hardcore fan like me, I found myself surprised at the number of times I turned around and said 'What?!'. It was okay, and only the decent acting by Portman and on the occasion of Johansson and the surprisingly powerful ending saved this movie from being a total disaster.
Rated 07 Mar 2008
65
60th
Crosses the fence between melodrama and serious drama (not really), but the less than sumptuous cinematography, impressive sounding lines, and an admirable performance by Portman make it watchable.
Rated 30 Dec 2015
70
47th
adoro ver a portman perder a cabeça
Rated 05 May 2008
32
18th
This retelling brings nothing to the table. Seriously, The Tudors TV series is doing a much better job here. Great costumes though.
Rated 21 Jun 2008
50
4th
Insufferably wooden period piee. I don't care how pretty these actrresses are, it was so awful it made us groan aloud.
Rated 27 Mar 2014
89
77th
Love, deceptions, betrayals, in history. Two sisters and only one man. Anne Boleyn thought only with her heart and she got her head chopped off. So her daughter Elizabeth made a vow never to marry a man. She married a country.
Rated 28 Dec 2008
34
33rd
To pass time... while being on an intercontinental flight.
Rated 01 Feb 2009
9
47th
When baby making gets truly serious heads role, literally! Seriously though: The movie was very dramatic, albeit slow. Reasonably complex story line, yet obviously no action. More of a critic film rather than a people's film.
Rated 24 Jan 2015
60
73rd
Pretty much a remake of the other Other Boleyn Girl.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
92
83rd
Difficult to follow if you don't have prior knowledge of the individuals involved. A great adaptation of an amazing book! The costumes are so elegant, the cast is amazing, the camera work is wonderful.
Rated 12 Jul 2008
56
26th
Bland.
Rated 26 Sep 2009
75
45th
Nice costume peace - not very close to the book
Rated 18 Mar 2018
33
27th
A very old-fashioned film, like some 1930s vehicle for Errol Flynn, with a goofy script in which Anne Boleyn comes up with the English Reformation while arguing with Henry. The acting was good, though, with Eric Bana's air of the 'menace of absolute power' almost palpable off the screen, and the sisters play off one another nicely.
Rated 10 Aug 2019
60
58th
ger; [the Other Boleyn Girl; die schwester der königin;]; in einem intriganten hofstaat des englischen Königshauses werden zwei schöne Töchter in Stellung gebracht um die Ambitionen der Familie zu fördern - sie eifern um die Gunst des Königs.;
Rated 07 Nov 2019
60
23rd
This film is rife with historical inaccuracies, but that alone isn't really a huge issue since that's true of nearly every historical drama. The real issue is that it raises intriguing issues, not the least of which being a family's willingness to basically prostitute their daughters to gain political favour, but descends into cheap melodrama and histrionics.
Rated 26 Aug 2021
85
87th
rvw
Rated 25 Feb 2024
57
17th
Adequate but mundane costumer that's watchable but uninspired. It can't be rescued from this even by Portman and Johansson. Feels very rushed but still is somehow 2 hours.
Rated 06 Mar 2008
78
56th
Apparently it isn't historically accurate to a degree, but The Other Boleyn Girl is a surprisingly entertaining fest that showcases, for the first time, some hidden talent for Natalie Portman. Typically I'll be the first to speak out against her generally lame performances, but this time she pulled it together and offers up an exciting portrayal of Anne Boleyn. There's nothing wrong with this film, really, it's just that you can't help but feel with a stronger team it could have been superb.
Rated 25 Mar 2008
70
57th
A worthy "prequel" to Elizabeth, especially when you love either Scarlett Johansson or Natalie Portman (or both).
Rated 08 Aug 2010
42
47th
#09#, Natalie P!, Scarlett J
Rated 27 Apr 2013
70
70th
How can you go wrong with Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman in the same movie? There are a lot of period costumes and the story is a telling of true events, and as such quite scandalous. King Henry the VIII was a pretty vile man, without many limits to reign in his indecencies.
Rated 02 Feb 2010
55
22nd
the story is pereft but movie is terrible
Rated 02 Jun 2008
78
66th
Period drama with its generous offering of intrigue and betrayal. I couldn't have caught this at a better time.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
63
34th
Dissapointing considering it had a pretty talented cast. Perhaps a little more Benedict Cumberbatch would have helped.
Rated 09 Apr 2012
61
33rd
One or two liberties taken with the history, but it's an interesting tale of a critical period in English history. The world would be a very different place if none of this had happened. OK, but not great.
Rated 10 Jun 2009
60
29th
It's an interesting story decently told but given the subject matter, I was a little underwhelmed by it all. Eric Bana and Natalie Portman are good value as always. Hello to David Morrissey
Rated 11 Dec 2008
75
40th
Actually not all that bad. Appears to be based on a true story, but I don't know.
Rated 07 May 2016
43
17th
When the fuck did Henry the VIII a sex icon?
Rated 22 Feb 2009
68
36th
These kind of movies make me want to vomit. Why did I voluntarily view it? The trailers make it seem more enticing than it is. You can do much better than this, but not bad for a time when you don't see these sorts of movies in the mainstream.
Rated 28 Apr 2008
80
91st
Beautiful imagery, intense drama, good costumes. It is interesting how the medieval society's grip on females' bodies as means of reproduction and hence genealogy has moved into focus by several movies I watched in the last years. But this movie definitely deserves our attention and appreciation at the cinema. If you liked the first Elizabeth, you must see this movie. If you like good drama and intense performances, don't miss to watch this at the theatres.
Rated 28 Dec 2011
78
65th
Not the best movie, but certainly not that bad..., makes Ann Boleyn look pretty evil!
Rated 18 May 2009
30
33rd
Never read the book before, however I had high expectations regarding the history behind these powerful characters (Anne and Henry). Unfortunately, Anne's character wasn't further explored which ended up being butchered at best.
Rated 25 Apr 2008
45
16th
Even 'The Tudors' is better.
Rated 14 Feb 2009
70
62nd
This was one of the saddest movies I have ever seen.
Rated 02 Sep 2009
75
45th
The girlfriend goes in for all that Tudors and Victorian england stuff. I don't. England isn't unique in it's royal history. But it was a good looking film.
Rated 30 Jan 2013
40
28th
Watch 'The Tudors' instead.
Rated 26 Mar 2009
85
44th
Bana's Henry the eigth is a bit of a wimp, but otherwise this is pretty well done..
Rated 20 Dec 2012
90
85th
Very good acting. I love British history based movies, and this one told a story which is often overlooked.
Rated 16 Jun 2008
80
23rd
The mini-series *The Tudors* covers the same ground in a much more visually and intellectually satisfying way. Eric Bana mistakes histrionics for history, and the director pumps up the "sumptuous", but downplays the "sensuous", to the film's detriment.
Rated 18 Jul 2016
68
62nd
Historical accuracy is way off here, but I think it's justified. Telling history from a woman's perspective is hard, since our sources usually do not focus on them. The base idea demands that a few gaps need to be filled in, but that's fine, for we get a very intriguing story in the end. Don't watch this as a historical movie, but as an interesting story of two sisters living in the age of men. I recommended it to history fans and anyone who is interested to see history from the eyes of women.
Rated 01 Oct 2015
3
43rd
I had no idea what I was going in to, so I got a little surprised when this "cute" story about the different and rebel sister (whos side your always on) turned into a very dark, sad and serious story. *Recommendable
Rated 20 Oct 2010
15
21st
"The umpteenth film incarnation of Henry VIII's marriage to Anne Boleyn, The Other Boleyn Girl races through the events at the Tudor court like a triple-time miniseries." - Bill Weber
Rated 04 Oct 2008
70
61st
Just to see the beautiful Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman, because it is worth watching. And for those who like to film history as well.
Rated 20 Jul 2008
91
83rd
Really,really important cause is near the real history!
Rated 12 Dec 2009
40
19th
This is basically a retelling of Henry VIII's Great Matter through a feminist historical lens. I love this period of history, but the film didn't click like it could have. Visually the movie is fantastic, but the sisterly conflict felt kind of predictable. The authour chose to walk some sort of bizarre middle ground regarding the incest allegations against Anne Boleyn, but that's another matter. I can mildly recommend The Other Boleyn Girl if you're like me and gobble up historical films.
Rated 16 May 2011
27
27th
FAIL.

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