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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2005
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Helen Mirren, Patrick Malahide, Jeremy Irons
  • Summary: Helen Mirren gives a sure-to-be-Emmy-nominated performance as the unmarried English ruler in this co-production of HBO and England's Channel 4 that is set during the later years of Elizabeth's reign.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    "Elizabeth I" soars on every level from the writing, to the directing to the acting.
  2. 100
    The lavishly beguiling historical drama is pumped up on passion, wit and the majestic fire of Helen Mirren's thrilling performance as one of history's most intriguing rulers.
  3. Mirren's Elzabeth is emotional... But with that comes soemthing as rare on TV as it is rewarding--a love affair involving people over the age of 50. [21 Apr 2006, p.67]
  4. An engrossing, humanizing portrait of the British monarch.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    Somewhat plodding through its opening hour, "Elizabeth I" gains steam and then soars through its concluding installment.
  6. 80
    No matter how opulent this production, Mirren is never upstaged, and she is the best reason to keep watching.
  7. The film as a whole is a strange case of mostly excellent parts that make an overlong and tedious whole.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11