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Two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn who, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII. While both women eventually share the king's bed, only one will ascend to the throne for a brief and turbulent reign that ends tragically with a swing of the executioner's sword.
Drama - This is not a slow, cold costume drama but something more like a soap
opera, closer in spirit to the risque Showtime series The
Tudors than a serious look at English history. Fans of Eric Bana
disappointed by his limited screen time compared to co-stars Natalie
Portman and Scarlett Johansson.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good With its fast pace, expensive looking production values, and deeper focus on the people inside the costumes than on the costumes themselves, this movie is designed more for a modern audience...
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average As it is, 'The Other Boleyn Girl' is a sullen genre picture, hardly as vivacious as Meyer's uncategorizable sexploitation films, and not as edifying, either.
USA TodayFull Review Average It's not that a good production can't be both a thrilling tale of historical intrigue and sensual adventures, but this film doesn't convince in either category.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 120 moviegoers:
TEENS:The ladies enjoyed this movie very much. Three-quarters rated it very high and the other quarter rated it mostly average. Highly Recommended! There were only a few teen male reviews. One loved it, one hated it and two rated it above average. With 75% rating it high to very high I would also recommend this to teen males, BUT ONLY IF they tend to enjoy this type of movie.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:There are just a few male reviews. Fortunately they all rated this movie above average so I can recommend it. The ladies really enjoyed "The Other Boleyn Girl." Just a few rated it as low as below average. Highly Recommended!
ADULTS:About half the guys really enjoyed this movie. Most of the remaining half rated it OK/average. Just a few actually disliked it. Recommended, but ONLY for those guys who tend to enjoy this type of movie. As for the adult ladies, their reviews are almost exactly the same as the younger females. About three-quarters rated it above average or higher. Most of the remaining quarter rated it OK/average, which is a bit low but not bad. Highly Recommended!
Two sisters, Anne (Natalie Portman) and Mary (Scarlett Johansson) Boleyn, are driven by their ambitious father and uncle to advance the family's power and status by courting the affections of the king of England (Eric Bana). Leaving behind the simplicity of country life, the girls are thrust into the dangerous and thrilling world of court life - and what began as a bid to help their family develops into a ruthless rivalry between Anne and Mary for the love of the king. Initially, Mary wins King Henry's favor and becomes his mistress, bearing him an illegitimate child. But Anne, clever, conniving, and fearless, edges aside both her sister and Henry's wife, Queen Katherine of Aragon, in her relentless pursuit of the king. Despite Mary's genuine feelings for Henry, her sister Anne has her sights set on the ultimate prize; Anne will not stop until she is Queen of England. As the Boleyn girls battle for the love of a king - one driven by ambition, the other by true affection - England is torn apart. Despite the dramatic consequences, the Boleyn girls ultimately find strength and loyalty in each other, and they remain forever connected by their bond as sisters.