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The Young Victoria Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

Not about Posh Spice, just FYI. Read full review

3.0

Jen Yamato Profile

As pretty and naive as the young Victoria herself. Read full review

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  • 4.0
    64

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    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Emily Blunt, one of the best and most glamorous actresses to come out of England in recent years, makes an unusual but highly successful choice for the young Victoria.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Emily Blunt makes Victoria as irresistible a young woman as Dame Judi Dench made her an older one in "Mrs. Brown" (1997).

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Once you get past the fact that lovely Emily Blunt doesn't look anything like the dour historical pictures of Britain's longest-reigning monarch, The Young Victoria is an appealing and well-crafted, if staid, portrait of a fascinating ruler.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The Young Victoria has a subtler flow than you might expect, and at times it's calmer than you may like. Director Jean-Marc Vallée's images have a creamy stateliness, but this is no gilded? princess fantasy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Queen's biopic is more tender romance than historical saga.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this period biopic about England's beloved Queen Victoria isn’t just the story of a legendary monarch -- it's also a love story about the loving, committed relationship between Victoria and her husband. But despite that -- and the movie's tame PG rating -- kids and tweens probably won't be drawn in by the characters' political machinations, particularly in the movie's first half. Families who do watch won't find too much content to object to -- there's one scene that involves shooting, as well as some flirting and kissing, but no nudity or strong language.

  • Families can talk about how Victoria adjusts to her new role as queen. Does she handle it gracefully? Does her youth get in the way? What, ultimately, gives her the confidence to rule?
  • Is Victoria a strong role model? How does she compare to other movie and TV potrayals of famous queens?
  • Why does Victoria resist Albert at first? And when they're finally married, why does she still fend off his offers to help? What is she trying to prove?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Victoria grapples with the responsibilities of the monarchy but rises to the occasion beautifully. Though she makes mistakes, she comes away from them wiser and better able to rule. The movie also makes it clear that power isn’t all that matters -- love does, too.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Victoria is a strong-willed woman who manages to stand up against detractors and those who aim to take advantage of her youth. But she also has a stubborn streak that, at points, nearly compromises important relationships. Still, she’s able to learn from her mistakes.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A man shoots at the royal couple. Crowds protest. Politicians debate loudly.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Couples flirt and, later, when finally married, kiss.

  • language false1

    Language: Nothing stronger than "damn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking and smoking in social situations.

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