Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic 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. 90
    What's best about the film is not the hot romance, but the coldness that lies at its heart.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Superior historical soap opera that shrewdly sidesteps all the cliches of British costume drama with its bold, often modern approach.
  4. The fabulous Elizabeth reinvents English Tudor history as gangster movie.
  5. Where Elizabeth really triumphs over its dusty source material is in transforming all this boring history into a real, rip-roaring adventure tale.
  6. 88
    The texture of the film is enough to recommend it, even apart from the story.
  7. A fascinating whirl of politics and palace intrigue.
  8. This is a sensual, psychologically modern costume drama influenced by both "The Godfather" and gals' guides to empowerment.

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