Elizabeth: The Golden Age Synopsis
Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) turns her attention to Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen).
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
An enticingly risque saga of the 16th century monarch.
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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...
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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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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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The Golden Age

By mkidby
This is far and away the most powerful and awe striking movie ever made about Elizabeth I. Cate Blanchett was indescribably brilliant in portraying not only the awesome power of Elizabeth I; but...

Anxiously awaited sequel

By farnkiefivefingers
Costume, set and makeup alone areriveting and we get Cate's return, the incredible Geoffrey Rush (the magnetic Barbossa, "Twelfth Night", "Quills", "Munich" and a must see as Peter Sellers in "The...


By sindyCA
This movie was even better than I expected. Cate Blanchett out did herself and deserves the Oscar for her role as Elizabeth. A MUST go!!!!...

A must see.

By kbos1223
If you saw the first movie then you must see this one. CB was born to play this part. She is as strong in this role as a hundred year oak tree is in a storm. The movie is fun, exciting and down right...

Elizabeth RULES

By Mythicalbee
I've read several biographies on Elizabeth I, and she is an incredible figure -- 'Elizabeth' did her justice, opting to choose sides where there is controversy (who exactly was her Robert? Lover?...

Amazing Film

By rocker43
I loved this movie! I didn't know what to expect. It was so beautifully done. From the acting to the directing to the costumes to the cinematography. Esquisite. Cate Blanchett and Clive Owen were...

Solid Film

By Rumrnr
The appropriate viewers of this film know who they are and will see it without regard to positive or negative feedback by us. I enjoyed the film and thought it did a good job of condensing a large...

Elizabeth the golden age

By rocklinprince
The movie was great. I usally wait till movies come out on video to see them. But i was very glad i went to see this on the big screen. Kate Blanchett did a great job in her depiction of a great...

Good Sequel

By tersaseda
The movie in and of itself is pretty good. The directing, casting, costumes, location, special effects, and acting were all superbly executed. Cate Blanchett does a fabulous job of conveying a more...

and i wanted to like it so much....

By hokori
sorry to say, but despite all the gorgeous costumes and wigs, this was a dull affair. no intrigue or humor like the first elizabeth film, this depends too much on iconography and wastes the ability...

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Rated PG-13 | For violence, some sexuality and nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ Talky, arty, intense sequel may not interest kids.
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