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Pretty Bad: 3.45%
Total Crap: 3.45%

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by Chris Parry

"I did not expect to enjoy this anywhere *near* as much as I did."
5 stars

Oh Lordy, did this film not suck at all.

As you know by now, Cate Blanchett won awards for her role here, and there's a reason.

She's goooooood, fella.

In fact, everything about this film is good. Yes, it's a period piece, generally notorious for extracting large amounts of boredom and yawns from fine young stallions like myself. But there's a difference in the wind with Elizabeth....

It isn't up itself. Elizabeth doesn't seek to be hoity toit. It's essentially a story about deception, death, unrequitable love and good versus evil. If you set it in an office block and put a balding egomaniac in the lead it could be the next Die Hard.

Elizabeth is the illegitimate daughter of Henry VIII. When the Queen dies without a male heir, the bastard-girl is next in line... but she's Protestant and the lords of England will not under any circumstances let a Protty in charge of a Catholic land.

They set about trying to usurp the good Liz, then they set about trying to marry her off, then they try to shame her, but the good Queen Liz has the balls of her father and fights them every step of the way with the assistance of her bodyguard (Geoffrey Rush).

The cast is a whiz-bang affair. Even the "why is he here" role given to Eric Cantona is perfectly cast. Jo "sneaky relationship-buster" Fiennes is apt, the senior Attenborough is crusty enough, but Blanchett is just extreme. It wasn't long ago she was doing bad Australian TV mini-series, but she has talent to burn and will go far.

The direction, by Shekhar Kapur, is awesome. There's not a boring minute of this flick, and everything builds and tangles nicely throughout.

Be you a hardcore action fan or a romantic at heart or just an intelligent being... go see Elizabeth. You'll enjoy the thang.

Oh, and Kelly McDonald is in it. And she has sex! YEAH!

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User Comments

3/19/10 Monday Morning Great production value but fairly boring story. Acting is overrated. 3 stars
1/10/09 Anonymous. a really well made film that's interesting and has cate blanchett. :D 4 stars
11/08/07 Stu S Film was too long and dragged in parts. Acting was great, yet script was underwhelming 3 stars
11/02/07 mb Some good moments but lacking life 3 stars
8/14/07 William Goss Captivating drama brings out thebest in stuffy period setting with swell acting, direction. 4 stars
4/30/07 jeanne You could drive a truck through the historical inaccuracies. See "Elizabeth R" instead! 2 stars
12/28/06 jaime Cate was robbed of Oscar for this role! 4 stars
9/14/06 Jim Well acted, but I still don't know what made Elizabeth tick. 3 stars
12/02/05 Deepanker Attri I believe that this movie was simply brilliant ! I happen to like movies based on history ! 5 stars
10/21/05 R.W.Welch Impressive production and acting. Moderately interesting story line. 4 stars
8/25/05 ES monk assassins! how cool is that, this movie was amazing 5 stars
3/12/05 Aaron wride lord robert is really lush 5 stars
3/12/05 dennis i thought it was very good but there wasnt a black actor in the film 5 stars
3/12/05 Watkins i thought it was a bunch of bull shit 2 stars
12/13/04 Jill The script was amazing, Micheal Hirst should have won an award 5 stars
11/16/04 Leanna This is one of the best movies i've ever seen. cate is awesome and you should really see it 5 stars
11/07/04 lisa Great Movie!! 5 stars
11/05/04 bmbnm bh 1 stars
10/05/04 anthony literally laughable in places 3 stars
7/25/04 S.F Good film. Thoroughly inspired by 'Queen Margot' 4 stars
5/19/04 Marionette i just saw it and i'm so obsessed with it right now, it deserves the oscar. 5 stars
3/09/04 Jaco Visser Magnificent! Blanchett just has it! 5 stars
2/05/04 PaulB Hardly one accurate historical fact. Watch Elizabeth R if you want an honest portrait. 1 stars
11/23/03 amy williams lord roberts is gay 1 stars
10/02/03 Mopsa Cate & Geoffrey. Should I say more? 5 stars
5/17/03 George Jung Should have added "..will fuck you up." to the title. Great movie. 5 stars
5/06/03 Jareth Cate's performance is brilliant. That woman is a star. 4 stars
4/21/03 Mystique great 5 stars
4/02/03 John Sheahan The film is gay 1 stars
3/13/03 Marie Moyer This film is the best "Girl Power" movie I've seen in a long time! "Long Live The Queen!!!" 5 stars
3/11/03 Shadaan Felfeli Perfect historical drama.Blanchett deserved the oscar. 4 stars
3/06/03 Dina Smith Aside from the historical flaws, I really enjoyed this film. Blanchett is the greatest 4 stars
2/22/03 lex excellent 4 stars
11/29/02 Charles Tatum Lovely 5 stars
9/01/02 movie guy great 5 stars
7/05/02 Gene Smilgiewicz My favorite film of the year... made me a serious Cate Blanchett fan. 5 stars
6/22/02 Bart Stylish and intriguing. Great period piece. 4 stars
1/21/02 Andrew Carden Dark and Unlikeable Movie. Good Cast However. 3 stars
8/29/01 Gary Blanchett is fantastic in this stylish but overrated film. A solid, interesting movie. 3 stars
4/23/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) Blanchett was indeed ripped off at the Oscars. But I hate Gwyneth's fisheating guts, sooo. 4 stars
4/01/01 nikky an amazing movie, for once a period movie is not dull and slow 5 stars
3/14/01 Sthenno An absolutely beautifully directed film with a fantastic cast, great costumes and music. 5 stars
2/12/01 Jake What a compelling and gripping story. Cate Blanchett and Jeffrey Rush were great. 5 stars
2/02/01 Amanda Harder Wonderful Film 5 stars
11/29/00 Cristopher Revilla it was good, not great, there was too much sex at the end, still a good movie 4 stars
11/10/00 The Red Queen Marvelous . . . I love Fanny Ardant as Mary de Guise. 4 stars
9/06/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble One of the greatest movies of all time! Blanchett robbed at Oscars! Die Ms. Paltrow Die! 5 stars
8/17/00 Terrie Smith Stunning performance from Blanchett; Geoffrey Rush equally good. Well done costume drama. 5 stars
7/13/00 Tom Excellent film. Blanchett deserved the Oscar! 5 stars
6/06/00 Pete great 5 stars
5/23/00 just call me bad asss just blew me a way... but then again i love a bit of sex and violence with my history! 5 stars
5/06/00 Paul Very good 5 stars
3/10/00 Kyle Broflovski I like Cate Blanchett, but I'm sorry to say this really isn't my thing. 3 stars
10/27/99 Pat Lawlor MAGNIFICENT! 5 stars
10/11/99 Weird Andy Needed more beheadings and burnings at the stake. Starting with the director. 2 stars
6/09/99 PurityJustBegs Passionate snd enthralling, Cate Blanchett is a marvel...should have won the Oscar.. 5 stars
6/07/99 Elizaveta Much better than Shakespeare! Much! Cate should have gotten the Oscar... 5 stars
5/05/99 little jerry The powerhouse opening scene says you're in for something special.At last ,a real film.A 10 5 stars
4/06/99 Annearchy, Damme, Satanne Elizabeth ain't no virgin queen is all I know. 4 stars
4/05/99 doowopl A piece of english historical chauvinism. But a brilliant female-character 3 stars
4/04/99 Albert Ugh. "The Queen's Dress is Poisoned." So's this shitty movie. 1 stars
4/03/99 Lily Drool, drool, pant, pant! A most luscious film. 5 stars
3/27/99 Kat Simply amazing! 5 stars
3/27/99 t really, really good 5 stars
3/25/99 Powrhug what a luscious film! And beautifully acted. 5 stars
3/25/99 catalina MUCH better than shakespeare in lame!!!! 5 stars
3/24/99 JOE great movie. 4stars!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/24/99 Alisa Loved it! Cate was great! 5 stars
3/22/99 haz_cop can you give me a sex picture 5 stars
3/18/99 boschy one the best movies compared to all the crap out there right now. 5 stars
3/14/99 Ah Dooey Amazing! Just amazing! 5 stars
3/12/99 Briona An all around wonderful movie. The cast, direction, everything! 5 stars
3/11/99 Meg Cate Blanchett is amazing!!! While the directing sucks, new twist on history inrigues 5 stars
3/09/99 Katie Cate Blanchet is great, film is good, but not as good as it could have been. 4 stars
3/09/99 The Buffy Chick fucking awful! 2 stars
3/07/99 L> S> Burris Excellent film 5 stars
3/05/99 ^Cesaro Elizabeth was portrayed as clueless and weak, contrary to history. Weak transistions. 2 stars
3/04/99 Bobby Luv Blanchett truimphant, Rush consistantly bad ass, tone a bit scattershot but you'll catch up 5 stars
3/04/99 Andrew Feland Rush gave the best performance, film was awesome aside from the machine-gun-style cutting. 5 stars
3/01/99 Blythe Somewhat flat but beautiful and fascinating, like a painting. 4 stars
2/27/99 Kenda Greenwood I was (unexpectedly) moved by the story of her transformation 4 stars
2/26/99 kitty houston engaging, captivating, sexy, love it! 5 stars
2/19/99 The Graduate Blanchett gives a very nuanced performance, and Walsingham (Rush) kicks all ass! 4 stars
2/18/99 Derek Damn good Cate. Cool G. Rush character. Fiennes too pouty/pretty boy. 4 stars
2/15/99 emma violent, sexual, graphic, the best movie ticket you'll ever buy. 5 stars
2/14/99 stickensnick Best movie ever!!!!! Blanchett is excellent!!! 5 stars
1/27/99 Goofaloo Not a bad thing to say, which is odd for a historical flick. Everyone is superb. 5 stars
1/22/99 Faustof Good 5 stars
1/16/99 vicky goddard Fucking great - all the way around!! 5 stars
1/15/99 Marie Fantastic!!! 5 stars
1/10/99 Suzz loved it 5 stars
1/03/99 Dasha Great movie, Cate Blanchett is Queen. 5 stars
12/31/98 Ron Skibbens good movie that makes history live with enough detail to keep you interested, but not too m 4 stars
12/30/98 jvt one of the year's best 5 stars
12/20/98 Bats Tone very different from what I expect for an "Elizabethan" costume drama 4 stars
12/14/98 Larry One of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. 5 stars
12/13/98 Claire Looked good, but lacked any pretension to historical accuracy 3 stars
12/10/98 Bryan Wonderful! 5 stars
12/10/98 Marion Davies Great film despite historical innacuracies 4 stars
12/01/98 Evil Buffy Beautiful film. C. Eccelston's prosthetic head was awsome. great. scary pretty informitive. 5 stars
11/30/98 Chris Thomas Amazing! 5 stars
11/25/98 L. Stulman Terrific Picture - But could have been filmed with more light - some scenes were too dark 5 stars
11/24/98 Mr.Pink Good performances and lavish set and costume designs,but uneven storytelling diminishes it 3 stars
11/22/98 Johny Brilliant direction brings up sometimes mediocre script. Cate Blanchett is great. 4 stars
11/14/98 mo typical Bollywood -Indian movie style 5 stars
11/06/98 Lord Of The Dunce A stonking great film. Blanchett is superb. Recommend for all. 5 stars
11/03/98 hum wonderful to look at, terrific acting from blanchett and rush. jump cuts inapropriate. vg 4 stars
10/27/98 MR HOLLYWOOD !! "stick-the-camera-in-a-dark-corner-directing" gives this film the boost it needs. 4 stars
10/19/98 Aint-It-Cool Well put together all around, despite a few flaws. 4 stars
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