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  • Summary: 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." Formidable. Untouchable. Unbeatable... (Gramercy Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. 100
    This historical epic about the "virgin queen" of England's early life moves with the crackling urgency of a contemporary political thriller.
  2. The fabulous Elizabeth reinvents English Tudor history as gangster movie.
  3. A fascinating whirl of politics and palace intrigue.
  4. Despite the florid trailers' emphasis on bodice-ripping romantic imagery, Elizabeth is above all a political thriller.
  5. History rendered with enough brains and imagination to more than make up for its few stumbles.
  6. 70
    The film belongs to Blanchett -- this hellcat Virgin Queen is something to see.
  7. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    30
    All of the nutty editing and the loud score just grated on my nerves and failed the story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11

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