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The Other Boleyn Girl

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United Kingdom, USA

2008

Rated PG-13 • 1h 55m

Director Justin Chadwick

Starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess

Genre Drama, Romance

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A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

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For a movie whose story hinges almost entirely on sex, The Other Boleyn Girl is disappointingly demure.
70

L.A. Weekly by Chuck Wilson

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.
70

Variety by Derek Elley

A sexy, good-looking political bodice-ripper with an almost flawless cast at the top of its game.
67

Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

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.
60

The Hollywood Reporter by Ray Bennett

Shot in high definition and filmed at many historic locations, the film somehow still lacks the splendor of an epic, and its urgency to get on with the next plot point leaves much unexplained while context goes out the window.

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