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The Other Boleyn Girl Review Critics


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Bosoms heave, bodices rip … it ain't history. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    After covering much of its ground at a stylish canter, The Other Boleyn Girl finishes at a plod.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today 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 devolves into soap opera muck and emerges as a rather tame bodice ripper.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter 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 on with the next plot point leaves much unexplained while context goes out the window.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The result is an entertainingly sudsy trip through early 16th century English history.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A classy romantic cocktail distinguished by its tart yet breezy bite.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Lush historical drama is engrossing but mature.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this historical romance/drama deals with mature themes like adultery, betrayal, and even incest. Still, there's a balance here: Characters who appear to value material comforts and power get their comeuppance, while those who display humility and conduct themselves with an inner compass appear to be spared. Although there are a number of implied sex acts and much discussion of adultery, surprisingly little is actually shown.

  • Families can talk about the accuracy of movies based on actual events. Do you think most historical movies are true to what actually happened? How can you find out? If a film does fudge the historical facts, how do you feel about that as a viewer? In general, is history a good source of inspiration? Families can also discuss the relationship between Anne and Mary. Why did two seemingly close sisters drift apart? Are they depicted as caricatures -- one bad, one good -- or are they fully formed characters?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Men and women commit adultery, scheme to get power, and trade sexual favors. Family members betray each other, people are killed (often for muddled reasons). That said, there appears to be a strong bond between the two sisters, and there's an underlying message of forgiveness.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Loud fights between couples (a woman slaps a man, for example), verbal confrontations, two beheadings (the actual act isn't shown, but in one scene, a bird's-eye view from far above shows a head next to a body), and a rape scene (not graphic, but the act is clearly implied).

  • sex false3

    Sex: A couple is shown passionately kissing while presumably naked (the shot is close-up, so breasts and genitals aren't visible); a wife beds down with her husband while both are wearing nightgowns; a brother and sister discuss being physically intimate with each other; lots of talk of taking a mistress.

  • language false0

    Language: Nothing really stronger than "whore," though the insults are biting.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking at festivities.