The Other Boleyn Girl

Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34

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Critic Reviews

  1. 67
    Works both as an engagingly sordid meditation on protofeminism and contemporized sisterhood set in a time and a place where either/or were grounds for, at the very least, defenestration.
  2. Eric Bana doesn’t have much to do as Henry VIII except play the monarch as an overgrown spoiled brat. He is, however, awfully nice to look at.
  3. A richly appointed period piece, it features kingly tantrums, mistresses, bodices, roaring fireplaces, incest, and mutton. It also features sharply enunciated, period-perfect dialogue in which nary a contraction can be heard.
  4. A classy romantic cocktail distinguished by its tart yet breezy bite.
  5. 70
    Stuck for years playing young women who are the idealized object of male desire (Portman and Johansson)-- flaw-free and, in Johansson's case, barely conscious -- they come alive in The Other Boleyn Girl, as if being bound up in costumer Sandy Powell's exquisite gowns has freed them from the tighter constraints of their own beauty.
  6. Feels less like an epic drama about power and the power of love than an episode of a Masterpiece Theatre mini-series.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Grant
    63
    Two-hours of trashy eye-candy that, while fast and loose with the truth, functions as a perfectly adequate divertissement in a time of year when studios tend to unleash their worst.
  8. 75
    The result is an entertainingly sudsy trip through early 16th century English history.
  9. 63
    In Portman's dynamic performance you can see strength and vulnerability warring for Anne's soul. In this bedroom view of history, it's that image that sticks.
  10. An enjoyable movie with an entertaining angle on a hard-to-resist period of history.
  11. An absorbing, exciting costume drama that works as a historical romance, a family tragedy and a showcase for its young stars.
  12. 67
    The film looks terrific, all Vermeer-style light/dark interplay and sleek design. And Portman is fantastic as the tempestuous Anne.
  13. It's a terrific showcase for battling Boleyn babes Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman.
  14. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    A sexy, good-looking political bodice-ripper with an almost flawless cast at the top of its game.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 77 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Jan 16, 2016
    8
    Who hasn't heard of the six wives of Henry the 8th? I recently saw "Wolfs Hall" on PBS from the viewpoint of Thomas Cromwell, who advisedWho hasn't heard of the six wives of Henry the 8th? I recently saw "Wolfs Hall" on PBS from the viewpoint of Thomas Cromwell, who advised Henry during this time period. Interesting to see this from the Howard/Boleyn family side. All this scheming using sex and marriages to further family goals and social standing was fascinating to watch. I imagine it's not that different today among the rich and powerful families around the world. Full Review »
  2. Jan 4, 2015
    5
    the Other Boleyn Girl is a fine costume drama. The sumptuous period detailing and respectable performances are definitely pluses. Historicalthe Other Boleyn Girl is a fine costume drama. The sumptuous period detailing and respectable performances are definitely pluses. Historical inaccuracy (history buffs will know that Anne unwisely goaded the king and boasted about her infidelity in certain circles) and a general lack of depth are it's minuses. Over all The Other Boleyn Girl is an entertaining yet forgettable watch. On a minor side note, this film could be enjoyed as a direct prequel to the Elizabeth movie series, if one were so inclined. Full Review »
  3. Aug 25, 2014
    7
    I am aware that after watching The Tudors lately on TV, this movie felt a little strange; a lot of familiar names shot back and forth, and itI am aware that after watching The Tudors lately on TV, this movie felt a little strange; a lot of familiar names shot back and forth, and it was a bit harder to draw a line between the series and the movie than I would have thought.

    The plot itself felt a little rushed. That wasn't bothersome during the movie, but looking at it afterwards, they didn't focus on anything, really. Events, big and small, passed without any larger significance, and sometimes that felt wrong because some events were prepared for thorough the entire movie.

    All in all the story was satisfactory, I must say. The acting and music were good, and the world portrayed on the screen felt very real to me.

    It was clear this movie focused on the Boleyn girls, Anne and Mary, and Henry was left to the shadows. Maybe that is okay, because I don't think Eric Bana delivered Henry's part all that well. He felt so... subdued, somehow.
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