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Mary Queen of Scots

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United Kingdom · 2018
Rated R · 2h 4m
Director Josie Rourke
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn
Genre Drama, History

Young and widowed, Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to claim the throne. At this time, Elizabeth I, Mary's Cousin, is Queen of England. Mary is a catholic widower and Elizabeth is a Protestant who refuses to get married or have children. The two become involved in conflict brimming with admiration and curiosity, yet both desire the throne.

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The Guardian by Benjamin Lee

It is a finely constructed drama, avoiding stuffiness without slipping into camp territory and while diehard historians might disapprove, everyone else will be supremely entertained.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

While this flinty and forever relevant medieval drama perfectly embodies the struggles of its heroines, it also shares their fatal inability to reconcile personal strife with political strategy.


Empire by Helen O'Hara

A history lesson with more fire in the belly than most. It turns out that a feminist angle really can revive the same old Tudor psychodramas, thanks in large part to Ronan and Robbie’s authoritative performance.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Visually dull and intriguing in only the most generic sense, but still a showcase for the twin talents of Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.


The Playlist by Kimber Myers

Despite its ruff collars and Elizabethan English, Mary Queen of Scots is no staid, stuffy period drama, as restrained as the breathing of corseted women. Instead, this a vital film, whose lace-trimmed bosom heaves with life.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Like an entire season of peak television crammed into the space of two hours, Mary Queen of Scots spares us not only the butchery but also a great deal of the drama that might explain how the misfortunate monarch came to find her neck on the line.


Screen International by Tim Grierson

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are both superb in muted performances and, while the film’s palace intrigue gets a bit dense, the story never loses sight of its deep compassion for these characters and their shared plight of being held hostage by conniving, belittling, power-hungry men determined to usurp their authority.

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