The Other Boleyn Girl Synopsis
British sisters Anne and Mary Boleyn compete for the affections of King Henry VIII.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An enjoyable movie with an entertaining angle on a hard-to-resist period of history.
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By James Berardinelli
The result is an entertainingly sudsy trip through early 16th century English history.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A classy romantic cocktail distinguished by its tart yet breezy bite.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Feels less like an epic drama about power and the power of love than an episode of a Masterpiece Theatre mini-series.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In Portman's dynamic performance you can see strength and vulnerability warring for Anne's soul. In this bedroom view of history, it's that...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Shot in high definition and filmed at many historic locations, the film somehow still lacks the splendor of an epic, and its urgency to get...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Chadwick builds a brisk pace and sweeping scope that initially grab our interest. But this Anne's sole motivations are sex and greed, and...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Can't quite figure out what it wants to be. At times it strains to be a stately period drama about 16th-century political intrigue. Then it...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
After covering much of its ground at a stylish canter, The Other Boleyn Girl finishes at a plod.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Not good enough to take seriously and, sadly, not bad enough to be any fun.
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can't wait

By Tiger_Sway
I read the novel, it's really good, i can't wait to see the movie. Eric Bana's too cute to be Henry VIII. this movie's gonna be great. especially if you watch The Tudors...

I can't wait!!

By ahdolphins
I've read this book and absolutely can't wait for the movie!! I've been on the author's website who stated that we should be happy with the movie because they followed pretty closely. I love Philippa...

its all good!

I read the book and it was really good. Henry VIII and all of his wives are probably my favorite historical event to learn more about. Regardless of that, Natalie Poortman is my absloute favorite...

Amazing Costumes!!!

By salsaconclase
Good characters portrayal...A few omited scenes/details from the book...some "misplaced" statements/sentences, but overall it remained pretty "true to the book" version. Eric Bana looks...

Must go, really!!!

By daisy334
It's a really good movie but no "Pride and Prejudice" Im sorry this movie was about lust not love. I did not feel the love and the desperation for two hearts to join as one. It was more on who will...

Good date movie

By GumbiCrewForever
I read one of the critics reviews on Fandango before going to see the film that said something about the film being good until one scene when Scarlett Johansen's character says something like "I've...

It was OK

By mcshanetm
a bit melodramatic in some scenes, and the scene transitions were choppy. I enjoyed the book, and the movie did an OK job with the story line. Costumes and cinematography were good, especially on...

The other Boleyn Girl- not that great

By kellcaba
This movie was fine but it didn't have the effect i thought it would have had. I read the book and when i watched the movie, i was totally dissapointed. It wasn't like i had read. The acting was...

Beautiful Costumes, Sets and Landscapes

By boxmel
Having read the book, I was disappointed in the way the movie presented both Bolyn girls. The villians were appropritately nasty and Scarlett and Natalie were beautiful. Not much substance....

good, not great.

By rosettamarie
I never read the book, but I feel like this is definitely one of those instances in which the book is much more fulfilling than its accompanying film. The movie progresses much too quickly (and I know...

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Rated PG-13 | For mature thematic elements, sexual content and some violent images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Lush historical drama is engrossing but mature.
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