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The Young Victoria

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United Kingdom, United States

2009

Rated PG • 1h 45m

Director Jean-Marc Vallée

Starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson

Genre Drama, History, Romance

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From Academy Award® winners Graham King and Martin Scorsese, along with the makers of Gosford Park and The Departed, comes the story of Queen Victoria’s early rise to power. From an object of a royal power-struggle to her romantic courtship and legendary marriage to Prince Albert, Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) gives a stunning performance as the young Victoria. Packed with drama, romance, breath-taking cinematography, lavish costumes and featuring an outstanding British cast including Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, and Rupert Friend, The Young Victoria has captivated British audiences, and is the film that Company magazine called “an epic British film, which will sweep you up in her remarkable story.”

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40

Village Voice by

Man, British heritage cinema can be dull when assembly-lined for the export market.
50

The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

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.
40

Time Out by David Fear

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.
63

ReelViews by James Berardinelli

The Young Victoria feels like a wasted opportunity and is among the least impressive in a long line of motion pictures about British royalty.
60

Empire by Kim Newman

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.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by Kirk Honeycutt

Emily Blunt, one of the best and most glamorous actresses to come out of England in recent years, makes an unusual but highly successful choice for the young Victoria.
83

Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

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.
30

Film Threat 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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