75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
An enticingly risque saga of the 16th century monarch.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Expect a fast-paced, beautifully mounted and well-acted soap opera with overripe dialogue that plays fast and loose with history - just like they did in the '30s, '40s and '50s - and you won't come away disappointed.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Blanchett commands the screen as she commands the royal navy. Her unforced majesty makes a so-so film worth watching.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Historians might demand a little more history from Elizabeth: The Golden Age. But soap opera loyalists could hardly ask for more soap.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Weighed down by its splendor. There are scenes where the costumes are so sumptuous, the sets so vast, the music so insistent, that we lose sight of the humans behind the dazzle of the production.
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58

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.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Ms. Blanchett can do no wrong, and does none here, though the movie around her, a popcorn-worthy sequel to the 1998 "Elizabeth," often lapses into opacity or grandiosity.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The Golden Age is packed with distractions. But the biggest of all is the story itself, which works so mightily to tarnish the queen at its core.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Squanders the opportunity to give us a telling glimpse of the woman behind the ruff. Instead, the costume drama is all gilt and opulence.
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50

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.
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45 out of 100
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