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  • Summary: The story of Queen Victoria's early rise to power spans from her predicament as an object of a royal power-struggle in to her romantic courtship and legendary marriage to Prince Albert. (Momentum Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. The Young Victoria has a subtler flow than you might expect, and at times it's calmer than you may like. Director Jean-Marc Vallée's images have a creamy stateliness, but this is no gilded? princess fantasy.
  2. This is a smartly told story, and as fresh as any contemporary romance.
  3. 75
    Emily Blunt makes Victoria as irresistible a young woman as Dame Judi Dench made her an older one in "Mrs. Brown" (1997).
  4. Despite the filmmakers’ efforts to persuade us that The Young Victoria is a serious work, and despite some tense moments and gunfire, the movie’s pleasures are as light as its story. No matter. Albert may never rip Victoria’s bodice, but he does eventually loosen it, to her delight and ours.
  5. 63
    A nice set of drapes and a striking ballgown or two are not enough to provide this interesting love story any serious heft or insight.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Holleman
    If not for Blunt's solid performance and good support from Friend and others, The Young Victoria would not be worth the price of the ticket.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    Emily Blunt’s Victoria and Rupert Friend’s Albert come across like museum mannequins – utterly devoid of any genuine passion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Dec 13, 2010
    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 movie with decency and morality, then this is a movie for you to watch! Expand
  2. Jul 25, 2011
    This is perhaps one of the most historically correct films of this genre I think I've seen. It excels in every way from cinematography to costumes. The performances are rich and honest. The characters are clearly written with historical accuracy. Emily Blunt was excellent as a young Victoria and Rupert Friend is perfect as Albert. It was a pleasure to see Paul Bethany, Miranda Richardson and Jim Broadbent used so well as were many others. What truly stands out here is not just the overall quality of the film but the historical accuracy. This deserved a lot more attention than it received and in some respects was actually better than The King's Speech. Expand
  3. Feb 18, 2013
    Young Victoria is an unbelievably sumptuous period drama with great turns from it's strong cast. Better still, the movie is genuinely moving and romantic without feeling forced. An excellent film. Expand
  4. Jun 16, 2012
    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 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! Collapse
  5. Oct 14, 2011
    More than anything else, this is a simple love story between the young Queen, and her Prince. It's - seemingly - historically accurate and, actually made me want to know more about Victoria and Albert's twenty-year reign.

    Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend are excellent in the two main roles, with Friend's performance as Albert particularly enjoyable. He plays a pragmatic German very well.
  6. Sep 6, 2010
    Emily Blunt is very much excellent in this film, and definitely deserving of her Golden Globe nomination. Also, technically (especially when it comes to costume design and art direction/set decoration) the film excels. However, the story is rather slow and somewhat boring to be quite frank.
    Also, very predictable and very "royal" in a way of character building. Yes, royalty is supposed to be all "royal" to the "common people" but they are real people, too, and that came across rather rarely, mainly due to the sceenplay. So basically, despite being visually great and with good performances, ultimately the story is so usual and so predictable (irrelevant on whether it is actually accurate historically or not - probably not completely, anyway) that one is left somewhat unsatisfied with the film. But it surely is not a bad film, by any stretch of the word. Definitely recommended to be watched for the great costumes and Emily Blunt's performance!

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