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Elizabeth: The Golden Age

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United Kingdom, France, Germany · 2007
Rated PG-13 · 1h 54m
Director Shekhar Kapur
Starring Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Laurence Fox
Genre Drama, History, Romance

When Queen Elizabeth's reign is threatened by ruthless familial betrayal and Spain's invading army, she and her shrewd adviser must act to safeguard to the lives of her people.

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Village Voice by

Kapur and his screenwriter have little interest here in maintaining even a dollop of historical accuracy.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Elizabeth: The Golden Age lacks the intricate plotting that characterized its predecessor. The screenplay is more action-oriented but not as smart, and some of the dialogue is downright cheesy.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Too bad Kapur's new, glittering sequel also shows up feeling prematurely old, square, and cautious. A production of exquisitely complicated wigs and expensively grand wide shots, it pauses often to admire its own beauty, leery of messing with previous success.


Austin Chronicle by Marjorie Baumgarten

Despite good performances all around, particularly the ever-brilliant Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a gilded ornament, speculative and uninterested in much besides this queen's matters of heart.


Christian Science Monitor by Peter Rainer

Blanchett miraculously gives a good performance, even when saddled with lines like this one, to Clive Owen's Sir Walter Raleigh: "In another world, could you have loved me?"


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Cate Blanchett can do anything, even play Bob Dylan, but she can't save this creaky sequel to her star-making 1998 biopic of Elizabeth I.


Variety by Todd McCarthy

Without the pleasure of watching Cate Blanchett continue the role that launched her to stardom, there would be little to recommend this latest of many cinematic and television accounts of the celebrated monarch's life.

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