Roger EbertFull Review Above Average The movie becomes a story of two leaders bound by sovereign duty, hindered by their gender, pitted against one another for the crown and want of children. It doesn't always work, but the film makes for an entertaining argument to reevaluate the legacy of Mary Queen of Scots...
Slant MagazineFull Review Average The film simply never takes the time to flesh out any of its male characters or the historical background upon which all their deceitful maneuvers take place. So, as effective as Rourke is at exposing the emotional and physical toll of reigning as queen when exploring Mary and Elizabeth's relationship, her portrait of an endless string of betrayals ends up as simply faceless and impersonal.
The GuardianFull Review Good Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie earn all the bows and curtsies coming their way for breathing feminist fire into Mary Queen of Scots, a 16th-century drama that messes just enough with recorded fact to avoid being dismissed as textbook-stuffy.
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