• Network: BBC , Starz
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 10, 2013
  • Season #: 1
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31

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  1. Oct 22, 2013
    10
    History portrayed in a wonderful way. Just as good as the Tudors and very enjoyable. The acting was great and you couldn't wait for the next episode to reveal its history.
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Aug 12, 2013
    50
    There are many powerful scenes in The White Queen, moments that illustrate time and again how a woman's body was both her greatest tool and her inevitable prison; a man could control his fate by mind or sword, a woman can do it only by proxy. Unfortunately, they are surrounded by the misty, swampy lands of generic medievalness.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Aug 12, 2013
    60
    Each of them [actresses Rebecca Ferguson, Faye Marsay and Amanda Hale] stabs backs and pops bodice buttons with the necessary élan while keeping a straight face at The White Queen’s putative moral, which is that arranged marriages are corrupt and evil, while those born of attempted rape, self-mutilation and suicide are sacred and empowering.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Aug 9, 2013
    70
    The White Queen is gauzier than “The Tudors,” and it contains more overacting; but it scratches the same itch.