88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A fascinating whirl of politics and palace intrigue.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The texture of the film is enough to recommend it, even apart from the story.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This is a sensual, psychologically modern costume drama influenced by both "The Godfather" and gals' guides to empowerment.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Acted and directed with great energy and imagination.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Bad history it may be, but Elizabeth is a movie that makes you want more, as it plays to the myth of history's great actress-monarch, a character who puts today's tinselly political heros and heroines (royal and not), to shame.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
History rendered with enough brains and imagination to more than make up for its few stumbles.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's a rousing adventure that keeps the audience involved for the entirety of the two hour running time while opening a window into the culture that gave birth to Christopher Marlowe, Edmund Spenser, Francis Bacon, and William Shakespeare.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Elizabeth works in a number of ways. It's a feminist film. It's also a kind of spy thriller and a superior historical drama.
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70

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film belongs to Blanchett -- this hellcat Virgin Queen is something to see.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A notably undynamic treatment of Protestant Elizabeth I's ascension to the British throne.
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75 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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