The Young Victoria

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    60
    An elegant, entertaining, informative picture with a gallery of vivid supporting turns, this provisionally crowns the winning Blunt as a Brit-pic star - but it skimps a bit on the bodice-ripping, blood and thunder.
  2. Blunt and Friend strike a few flinty sparks, and Julian Fellowes’s script has its share of dry-as-dust witticisms. Most of the time, though, it’s a stiff pageant.
  3. 50
    From the start, it feels handsome, steady, and stuck; the ties that bind the historical bio-pic are no looser than those which constrain a royal personage, and the frustration to which Victoria would later admit is legible in the face of Emily Blunt, who takes the title role.
  4. If you like this sort of movie - and actually, cards on the table, I like this kind of movie - you will not be sorry you saw it. But you will not come away from the experience feeling that you've seen Victoria, young or otherwise.
  5. Really, Young Victoria is just a lot of costumes in fond search of some drama. And finding precious little.
  6. 40
    Man, British heritage cinema can be dull when assembly-lined for the export market.
  7. 40
    Vallée and his lead get high marks for kittenish revisionism. In all other respects, however, this movie is indistinguishable from every other throne-and-scepter biopic to hit the screen.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jun 16, 2012
    7
    I enjoyed this movie but it wasn't exactly "historically accurate". Not ONCE did I hear Queen Victoria's true title, which was "monarch of theI enjoyed this movie but it wasn't exactly "historically accurate". Not ONCE did I hear Queen Victoria's true title, which was "monarch of the United Kingdom of GREAT BRITAIN and Ireland. She was always referred to as the Queen of England. In fact all references were to England, which would have been forgivable had the writer had been a foreigner but I was shocked to see that it was Sir Julian Fellowes - who really ought to know better! Full Review »
  2. Dec 13, 2010
    10
    Yet another movie that has amazing talent! 10 out of 10! Acting, score, and story were all linked to greatness. If you're looking for a movieYet another movie that has amazing talent! 10 out of 10! Acting, score, and story were all linked to greatness. If you're looking for a movie with decency and morality, then this is a movie for you to watch! Full Review »
  3. Aug 1, 2016
    7
    The Young Victoria is a lushly crafted biopic with a killer performance from Emily Blunt as the titular royal, but it does have a few problemsThe Young Victoria is a lushly crafted biopic with a killer performance from Emily Blunt as the titular royal, but it does have a few problems that holds it back from being truly great. Though Blunt and the other actors are at their very best, the film feels overstuffed. As it tries to showcase many characters and multiple years of Victoria's reign, it has the problem of feeling both incomplete and overstuffed. If it wants to introduce this many characters, it needs more runtime. If it cuts some characters, it still needs to be longer to bring every other subplot to an end. That said, the technical elements here are very good with terrific costume design, production design, and makeup/hairstyling. All are pitch perfect and perfectly capture the 1800s England feel with the correct importance and weight to the sets. The film is also well paced, even if the story does not deliver fully. Overall, The Young Victoria is an ambitious biopic that has terrific acting and a great look, but would have been better off trimming some fat and expanding on a few things to paint a more concise and direct picture. Full Review »